Educational Studies

As a student of educational studies, you will broaden your knowledge and hone valuable skills, whether or not it is your goal to be a teacher. As a student in this area, you will examine the processes involved in teaching and learning in courses about topics such as learning theories or social context, as well as be exposed to practical applications such as technology in the classroom and curriculum development.  Through your examination of current issues, innovations and research, you will build a foundation of historical, philosophical, sociological, political, multicultural and gender perspectives in relation to education. You will sharpen your skills in writing and research and critical reading and thinking, as, together with a faculty mentor, you create a program to meet your specific needs and goals.

Why choose a degree in educational studies?

Students often pursue in educational studies in order to prepare for:

  • early childhood studies and program administration
  • teaching or training programs for adults
  • workforce development
  • community education
  • international training and development
  • advanced study in education or in other fields
  • work developing children's programs
  • a Master of Arts in Teaching
  • research in education
  • a role in policymaking
  • work in educational settings.

Degrees Available

As a regionally accredited college of the State University of New York, Empire State College offers the following degrees in educational studies:

  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science.

Taking individual courses as a nondegree student is also possible and will offer you the same range and depth of courses and rigorous standards as matriculated undergraduate students.

Teacher Preparation

The college offers programs leading to recommendations for initial New York State teacher certification through its Master of Arts in Teaching programs and its combined BA/BS-MAT Programs. The college offers programs leading to a recommendation for certification in Adolescent or Middle Childhood Education in English Language Arts, Math, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics), Social Studies, and Spanish. The college also offers programs leading to recommendations for initial and additional/professional certification in Adolescent Special Education.

Note: Information regarding Continuing Teacher and Leader Education is available.

Note: The AA/AS and BA/BS in Early Educational Studies does not lead to New York State Teacher Certification.

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Popular Concentrations

  • adult education
  • child care administration
  • children with special needs
  • curriculum development
  • early childhood studies
  • educational studies
  • educational technology
  • family education

You can focus on a single area such as early-childhood education, or create an interdisciplinary concentration that connects or combines perspectives exploring a theme or topic.