About the Program
In a rapidly-changing world, learning should be lifelong and throughout many areas of an individual's life. Westminster's customizable Educational Studies program will prepare you to lead those educational ventures, providing you a solid foundation for understanding how and why people learn, and develop the skills you need to facilitate learning.
What You'll Learn
- Develop skills for educating effectively in different educational settings, including teaching, instructional design, coaching/mentoring, training, program planning, program administration, experiential educational settings, and more
- Develop an understanding of how people learn
- Develop an understanding of how learning is shaped by settings, structures, and dynamics, and how you can create equity and fairness in a variety of contexts
- Develop critical thinking skills as well as written, verbal, and visual communication skills
- Prepare to engage collaboratively as a leader with learners and relevant publics to build a shared vision and supportive professional culture focused on student learning
- Demonstrate creativity by combining or synthesizing new ideas, practices, or expertise in original ways that are characterized by innovation, divergent thinking, and risk-taking
Plan of Study
You will choose to complete foundation courses in either children and youth learning or adult learning and then specialize in an area of expertise. In your senior year, you will conduct a research project. You also have the opportunity to complete an internship during your studies if you choose to. Internship possibilities include opportunities with English-language programs for refugees and immigrants, policy and research organizations, nonprofit arts programs, athletics programs, youth gardening programs, and more.
Liberal Education Courses
You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.
Don't Give Up on Us: Promoting Hope and Resilience in the Face of Childhood Trauma
Investigate traditional practices, policies, and structures found within a variety of organizations and critically analyze how they impact and shape the brain development, health and well-being, success, relationships, educational trajectories, and involvement with the justice system of those who have experienced childhood trauma. This course also features community engagement, through which you will learn from and work with professionals who implement trauma-responsive practices and examine case studies that illuminate trauma-informed practices. Your experiential and academic experiences in the course will enable you to apply concepts of transformation, social responsibility, and sustainability to solving real-world problems.
Indigenous Knowledge and Lifeways
Introduce yourself to indigenous knowledge systems, ways of learning, worldviews, social-environmental organization, and lifeways from various regions of the world. You'll explore epistemological questions, relationships (economic, social, governance, with nonhuman life forms), and historical and contemporary practices and then apply your learning to addressing global crises and reflecting on your own cultural identity, values, and practices.