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Selected Studies in Education, B.S.

The B.S. program in Selected Studies in Education lets student explore issues and careers related to schooling, diversity, teaching, human services, technology, inclusion, physical activity, and more.

This program in the Department of Cultural Foundations of Education is the most flexible major in the School of Education, letting students tailor their classes and field experiences to personal and professional interests within one of five focus areas:

  • Post-Secondary & Human Services Fields
  • Cultural Foundations of American Schooling: Schooling & Diversity
  • Education, Technology, & Media
  • Physical Activity: Sport, Coaching & Recreation
  • Pre-Teaching: The Study of Teaching, Learning, & Inclusion

Why Selected Studies at Syracuse?

  • 92% of School of Education students are employed or in graduate school within 6 months.
  • Complete over 270 hours of experiences in the world and community, including field placements, internships, shadowing opportunities, global experiences, or several smaller intensive project.
  • Master’s degree Fast Tracks in Cultural Foundations of Education, Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, or School Counseling, where highly motivated students can use their final year of undergraduate study to complete courses towards a master’s degree—saving time and money!
  • Since Selected Studies in Education is not tied to a state teacher certification program, you have the flexibility to study and explore a wide breadth of education-related topics without having to follow a teacher certification track.
  • Selected studies in education majors have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in one of over 60 countries and take part in School of Education short-term study abroad programs. Through the Himan Brown Fellowship, School of Education students are also eligible for exclusive funding to support study abroad experiences.
  • With a Syracuse University bachelor’s degree, you are eligible for the 25% alumni tuition scholarship for a School of Education master’s program.

My interest is in working in higher education student affairs. I have been a part of opportunity outreach programs since the 6th grade, so I have a tremendous love and appreciation for them. I believe that people can be successful and continue with their education if only they are given the proper opportunities and motivation.”
– Michelle ‘18

You will receive advising support, career services, and one-on-one mentoring from the School of Education and other departments at Syracuse University, developing your professional portfolio and identity with faculty who are leaders and experts in their fields.

Graduates work in a wide range of roles across educational and community contexts, including:

Program Details

As a student in the Selected Studies program, you will choose one of five focus areas:

  • Cultural Foundations of American Schooling: Schooling and Diversity: Work with youth in non-school settings such as government or social agencies that focus on public schooling, or get a foundation for graduate work in law, public policy, educational leadership or school/government administration. Coursework emphasizes philosophies and issues related to culture, race, socioeconomic class, and gender as applicable to educational practice. Includes an opportunity for a Fast Track M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education.
  • Pre-Teaching: Study of Teaching, Learning, and Inclusion: Pursue a career in teaching or another school context through graduate study, after completion of their undergraduate degree. Courses in this focus area may include the study of early childhood, elementary, or secondary education, as well as issues of diversity, disability, special education, and inclusion within schools. Students in this focus area will have significant experiences in public schools during the course of study.
  • Education, Technology, and Media: Explore the integration of media and technology in teaching and learning contexts. Students learn media literacy skills and gain an understanding of how popular culture influences the promotion and transmission of cultural values within our society. Includes an opportunity for a Fast Track M.S. in Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation.
  • Post-Secondary and Human Services Fields: Work in a variety of educational settings, including higher education, counseling and student affairs, international education, and as non-teaching personnel in primary and secondary schools. Coursework includes an introduction to the general study and provision of human and social services to individuals, families, and communities in public and private human service agencies and organizations. Includes an opportunity for a Fast Track in Professional Counseling including the M.S. programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, or Student Affairs Counseling.
  • Physical Activity: Sport, Coaching and Recreation: Coach athletes with and without disabilities in college, high school, or youth settings; officiate sports; become a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, or group exercise leader; teach/coach youth sports and fitness in non-school settings such as YMCA/YWCA’s, Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs, and private and public sport/recreational facilities; sport or fitness entrepreneur; or a teaching career at a future point.

You’ll work closely with your advisor to design a personal degree plan based on your interests and professional goals. All students will also complete core education courses, a common liberal arts core, a major or minor in a liberal arts area, and several research methods courses.

Your first semester will include education and focus area classes, writing, math, and science. More information on academic requirements available in the Syracuse University Course Catalog.

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