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Educational Studies


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There has never been a greater need for diverse, skilled, passionate, and courageous advocates and leaders in early learning, K12 schools, higher education, government, and the private and non-profit sectors who will act and lead skillfully to improve the educational conditions, opportunities, and outcomes of students in the United States and abroad. The educational studies program at Belmont is designed to equip the next generation of education advocates and leaders for community transformation through education.

The educational studies major is a multidisciplinary academic program in the School of Education intended for students who seek to improve early childhood, K12, and/or higher education through research, policy, practice, and/or advocacy. The major is appropriate for students who intend to pursue graduate degrees in areas including but not limited to educational policy, educational leadership, social sciences, or law; or students who intend to pursue certification as a school counselor or student services professional at the graduate level. The program is also appropriate for students considering a career in teaching, but who desire first to explore and examine the field of education before beginning a teacher licensure program at the undergraduate or graduate level.

As an interdisciplinary major, the program integrates with and provides avenues for integration with programs in every college at Belmont. The educational studies core includes required courses not only in education, but also in sociology, political science, and business. All educational studies majors complete a minor in a field outside of education. Additionally, educational studies majors complete both an education-focused internship experience and an education-focused study abroad experience.