General Education: Educational Studies (non-licensure)
The educational studies major is for those interested in a career in the field of education but not necessarily classroom teaching. This major is a non-teaching licensure program that provides a strong background in educational theory, practice and research. Research is conducted and disseminated on varied educational aspects of teaching, learning, and human development through discovery, teaching and engagement activities. Sample signature areas of discovery include:
- Using assistive technology to support school-based and community-based instruction for students with special needs.
- Developing effective instructional strategies in mathematics problem solving for students with learning disabilities.
- Developing identification tools and pedagogical models for underserved gifted and talented populations including students with diverse cultural backgrounds and children who live in poverty.
- Supporting motivation for and learning of science in young children including children from diverse cultural backgrounds and those living in poverty.
- Supporting students’ psychological well-being (e.g., coping with death and dying, suicide prevention, multicultural issues, adult attachment).
Two key themes (social justice and diversity and K-12 STEM education) and four key strands (innovation, collaboration, advancement, and leadership) run through and guide the program.
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Careers in General Education: Educational Studies (non-licensure)
- Childcare worker
- Camp counselor
- Graduate or professional school (e.g., child psychologist, school counselor)
- Policy maker
Transfer to General Education: Educational Studies (non-licensure)
Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.
Minimum GPA: 2.8
In addition, GPA in education coursework must average 3.0 or higher (with no grade lower than a C-). Must also have a C- or better in any English composition coursework.
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