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Majors in Education

Majors in Education

What will you major in?

One of the best things about a degree in education is the variety it can offer. We’ve compiled a list of majors in education with sample courses for each major.

Many majors in education have a core curriculum in common. It’s important to focus your major in education as soon as possible to maximize your time for the courses you need to take. Many majors offer a more interdisciplinary approach, so inquire how different disciplines can be combined. The majority of education majors can be combined with a teaching license track for your state.

Major in Child Development

This major will prepare majors by focusing studies on cultural, family, peer, school and neighborhood contexts where children live. It should provide a strong background in social and behavioral sciences and how they relate to child development. Clear understanding of the theory and research necessary to this field should be developed through major specific courses.

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Sample Courses:

Developmental Psychology

Cognitive Aspects of Human Development

Social and Personality Development

Infancy and Adolescence Development

Experimental, Observational & Psychometric Methods

Major in Child Studies

A major in child studies is interdisciplinary, drawing on areas of psychology, education, special education, and human development. It prepares students for various health related areas involving children (medicine, nursing, child and family advocacy.)

Sample Courses:

Developmental Psychology

Research Methods

Language and Literacy

Family Communities

Diversity

Major in Elementary Education

This major will prepare students to teach children in grades K-8.

Sample Courses:

Child Development

Society, the School and the Teacher

Classroom Technologies

Language and Literacy

Parents and Their Developing Children

Teaching Diverse Students

Student Teaching

Social and Philosophical Aspects of Education

Exploring Literature for Children/Adolescents

Assessment Strategies

Arts Education

Teaching English

Teaching Foreign Language

Teaching Math in Elementary Schools

Science for Elementary Teachers

Teaching Social Students in Elementary Schools

Major in Secondary Education

This major will prepare students to teach one or more subjects at the secondary level, grades 7-12. It usually requires an area of emphasis in at least one field, which needs additional course work in that discipline.

Sample Courses:

Society, the School and the Teacher

Classroom Technologies

Language and Literacy

Teaching Diverse Students

Student Teaching

Social and Philosophical Aspects of Education

Exploring Literature for Adolescents

Assessment Strategies

Arts Education

Teaching English

Teaching Foreign Language

Teaching Math in Secondary Schools

Science for Secondary Teachers

Teaching Social Students in Secondary Schools

Major in Special Education

This major prepares students to work with persons with disabilities and should provide direct involvement with individuals with disabilities. There are different emphases in special education:

Mild and moderate disabilities

Multiple and severe disabilities

Visual impairment

Hearing impairment

Sample Courses:

Introduction to Exceptionality

Managing Academic and Social Behavior

Assessment Strategies for Students with Disabilities

Procedures for Students with Severe Disabilities

Audiology

Manual communications

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