Welcome to Selected Studies in Education!
We strongly recommend that you read this guide before completing your First Term Enrollment Selections (FTES):
Below are instructions for each page of your FTES form:
The Selected Studies in Education major is broad-based and allows students flexibility in their professional options. In order to purposefully define your path, one of the requirements of the major is an 18 credit focus area. This focus area will emphasize courses related to your career goals and provides in depth study of one of the following areas:
This focus area is suitable for students who want to work with youth in a non-school setting such as government or social agencies that focus on public schooling. It can also be the undergraduate foundation to graduate work in law, public policy in education, educational leadership or school/government administration. Coursework emphasizes philosophies and issues related to culture, race, socioeconomic class, and gender as applicable to educational practice. While the Selected Studies in Education degree with a Schooling and Diversity focus area does not lead to teacher certification, it prepares students to pursue a Master’s degree in teacher certification programs, as well as other graduate programs such as Cultural Foundations of Education. This focus also has the “fast-track” option for students to begin graduate study in their senior year toward a Master of Science degree in Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse.
This focus area is suitable for students who are interested in the educational field, but do not wish to pursue a teaching degree as an undergraduate student. Coursework may include child/youth/family development with cultural perspectives, the study of teaching and learning in early childhood, elementary, or secondary education, as well as issues of diversity, regular education, special education, and inclusion of students of all abilities within schools. Students in this focus area will have experiences in public schools during their program. While the Selected Studies in Education degree with a Pre-Teaching focus area does not lead to teacher certification, it prepares students to pursue a Master’s degree in teacher certification programs, including Childhood Education and Inclusive Special Education.
This focus is suitable for students interested in educational uses of technology, integrating media and technology, popular culture, media literacy and production in education. Students take coursework that introduces them to the work of technology consultants and media assistants, so that they can continue graduate study to prepare for technology careers in school settings, libraries, and schools and companies that create and manage on-line courses and other resources. Students learn media literacy skills and gain an understanding of how popular culture influences the promotion and transmission of cultural values within our society. This focus also has the “fast-track” option for students to begin graduate study in their senior year toward a Master of Science degree in Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation at Syracuse.
This focus is suitable for students wishing to work in a variety of educational settings, including, higher education, international education, and in public or private human services agencies/organizations or as non-teaching personnel in primary and secondary schools. It can also be the undergraduate foundation for students who may want to pursue a graduate degree and future career in school counseling, mental health counseling, social work, marriage and family therapy, psychology, and higher education administration. Coursework introduces counseling methods, human behavior, and social issues related to the general study and provision of human and social services to individuals, families, and communities in the schools and public and private agencies. This focus has the “fast-track” option for students to begin graduate study in their senior year toward a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling at Syracuse.
This focus is suitable for students who may want to pursue any of the following career interests: coaching athletes with and without disabilities in college, high school, or youth settings; officiate sports; personal trainer; strength and conditioning coach, or group exercise leader; teaching/coaching 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. This focus area can also be the undergraduate foundation to pursue graduate level work in Exercise Science, and Strength and Conditioning Coaching, Sport Management, and future careers in teaching. Coursework covers physical health and well-being; physiology; instructional methods; sports management; and other issues related to working with youth in sports and recreation.
Highly motivated and focused students can work closely with their advisor to develop a plan that will allow them to complete the majority of their undergraduate degree requirements for the SSE program prior to their senior year, and then start graduate level courses during their last year. If you are interested in a fast track option as listed above, please make a comment in the Notes Box on page 3 of your FTES form and discuss this with you academic advisor during Opening Weekend.