What can I do with a Bachelor’s in Education Studies degree?

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It's a lot more than you might think.

Our country and the world need individuals who are skilled in the field of education. Yes, we need teachers, and the Education Studies major can be a pathway to a teaching career, but it is also a way to educational and societal change outside the classroom. The Education Studies degree leads to careers in education for individuals and institutions. Because the degree is so broad-based and interdisciplinary, there are a plethora of job possibilities. If you know what career you’d like, you can usually cater the degree to your interests.

The nature of the Education Studies degree, whether you take it online (see our 10 Best Online Education Studies Degree ranking), residential, or hybrid, applies to many sectors of our society. You can get jobs in public or private educational institutions, nonprofits, business or corporate jobs, and service organizations. You can work in educational policy, law, or program development. You can go on to graduate school or teach in private schools. Whatever the case may be, you can see, the Bachelor’s in Education Studies is a degree that leads many directions. Graduating with an Education Studies major will give you the tools of integrating and applying systematic knowledge to helping individuals and institutions. The research component provides a valuable asset to just about every educational endeavor, as the need for assessment grows more every day. The degree will also empower you to lead within educational institutions and among children and youth for positive change. Some schools place a strong emphasis on the social justice component of the degree.

Consider the following areas and job possibilities based on ASU’s resource for Education Studies careers and Depauw University’s career outlook for Education Studies majors.

Children, Family and Community Outreach

  • GED Instruction
  • Adult Education
  • Job/Skills training
  • Literacy programs
  • English as Second Language services
  • Senior services

Youth Development

  • Youth leadership and enrichment programs
  • Juvenile delinquency prevention programs
  • Tutoring programs
  • Boys and Girls clubs
  • YMCA

Nonprofit/Social Service Organizations

  • Homeless/transitional shelters
  • Suicide prevention programs
  • Refugees
  • At-risk programs
  • Peace Corps
  • AmeriCorps/City Year
  • Teach for America

Early Childhood Education (Non-certification)

  • Preschool/day care provider
  • Private pre school
  • Headstart
  • Tutoring
  • In home health provider

Higher Ed/Student Affairs

  • Academic Advisor
  • Career Counselor
  • Recruiter
  • College/university admissions staff

Entrepreneurship

  • Start own daycare
  • Start own tutoring services
  • Develop charter school, online school, and more

Social and Educational Policy

  • Lobbyist
  • Research analyst/associate
  • Government agencies
  • Special Assistant (D.C.)
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Educational assessment
  • Think tanks

Corporate Careers

  • Human Resources
  • Marketing/sales
  • Customer service
  • Public relations
  • Management

Education Law

  • Juvenile Justice Advocate
  • Social Work
  • Family and Child Protective Services
  • Disabled Person's Advocacy
  • Social Justice Advocacy

Development of Educational Programs

  • Education publishers
  • Developer
  • Instructional designer
  • Corporate Training Executive
  • Camp and Wilderness Program Development
  • Program Development for NGO's, Prisons, Geriatric Homes, and Children's Organizations
  • Museum Programs and Exhibitions
  • Science centers
  • Tutoring centers

Classroom Teaching (Alternative to Traditional Licensure)

  • Charter Schools
  • Peace Corp
  • School Administration
  • International Teaching
  • School Board Member
  • Day Care Administration

As you can see, there are incredible opportunities in our country and around the world for someone with knowledge and skills in education. If you are a people person or introvert, data-minded and research-driven, geared to work with individuals, or passionate about institution policy and societal issues, the Education Studies degree can lead to jobs that fit each personality and passion.