Educational Studies

Why Educational Studies?

• Offers in-depth study of the discipline of education

• Prepares you to work in education-related fields

• Flexible program allows you to focus on your area of interest

• Can be paired with a professional major in Social Work or Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy or with any arts and sciences major

Why Wheelock?

• Wheelock's mission to improve the lives of children and families

• Program focuses on social justice through social, political, economic, and historical contexts

Wheelock College and Boston University have reached an agreement to merge as of June 1, 2018 and we are no longer accepting new applications. As a prospective applicant to Wheelock College, we hope you will be interested in applying to Boston University.

This flexible major is designed for students who are interested in working with diverse children and families in a variety of educational settings, but who do not wish to become licensed teachers.

Combining theory and research with real-world experience, this major helps students gain a deep understanding of educational practice in informal and formal educational settings, such as afterschool programs, community organizations, camps, and education advocacy organizations. Students also develop strategies for interacting with parents and families and building relationships with colleagues and community members.

Educational Studies Program Options

Students in this 36-credit major will work closely with an academic advisor to design a course of study that matches their interests. Students first complete core courses in human development, research methods, and multiculturalism. They then select a focus of interest related to education, such as afterschool programs, museums, community organization, or family engagement in educational settings.

Students can combine this professional major with any of Wheelock's arts & sciences majors, or with a professional major in Social Work or Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy. Please note: This program does not lead to state licensure. Students with a long-term interest in pursuing educator licensure at the graduate level should be aware that Massachusetts requires an undergraduate arts & sciences degree for licensure.

Hands-On Experience

Field experience begins in students' first year as part of the human development core. They also complete a practicum as part of the program. Sample placement sites include afterschool programs, museums, community organizations, legislative offices, nonprofit organizations, and child welfare agencies.

Graduate Study

Students who graduate with the Educational Studies major and an arts and sciences major may choose to pursue a graduate program leading to an education license. Others may want to pursue an advanced degree in policy and leadership. Still others may choose educational research.

Sample Courses


  • Human Growth and Development
  • Racial and Cultural Identities
  • Second Language Acquisition in Context


  • Elementary Science and Technology
  • Art for Children
  • Leadership, Community, and Change
  • Civic Issues, Skills, and Engagement
  • Foundations of Development in Autism
  • Children with Special Needs

Skills You'll Learn

  • Working with diverse children and families
  • Research as a collaborative process
  • Mastery of the content area of your choice

Potential Careers

  • Afterschool programs
  • Community organizations
  • Educational policy and advocacy
  • Educational publishing and media design
  • Education programs in museums and science centers

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