Educational Studies

The Educational Studies Minor

At the end of the sophomore year, students interested in continuing their study of education must make a choice: to pursue certification, which grants successful students the right to pursue professional teaching positions in Pennsylvania's public schools (and, thanks to interstate agreements, in most other states), or to continue studying education in the Educational Studies minor program.

While the Education Department does offer a formal minor in Educational Studies (and, within the minor, offers the two options described below), the minor DOES NOT lead to Pennsylvania certification. Students with an interest in pursuing other careers in education (or in another field), who would like to pursue certification in graduate school, or who would like to teach in private, independent schools that do not require certification will find the minor well suited to their needs and interests.