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General Education: Educational Studies (non-licensure)

Purdue University in West Lafayette

Gain a strong background in educational theory, practice and research with a degree in general education.  The educational studies major is for those interested in a career in the field of education but not necessarily classroom teaching.

This major is a non-teaching licensure program that provides a strong background in educational theory, practice and research. Research is conducted and disseminated on varied educational aspects of teaching, learning, and human development through discovery, teaching, and engagement activities.

Sample signature areas of discovery include:

  • Using assistive technology to support school-based and community-based instruction for students with special needs.
  • Developing effective instructional strategies in mathematics problem solving for students with learning disabilities.
  • Developing identification tools and pedagogical models for underserved gifted and talented populations including students with diverse cultural backgrounds and children who live in poverty.
  • Supporting motivation for and learning of science in young children including children from diverse cultural backgrounds and those living in poverty.
  • Supporting students’ psychological well-being (e.g., coping with death and dying, suicide prevention, multicultural issues, adult attachment).


Plan of Study

General Education: Educational Studies (non-licensure) Webpage

Transfer to General Education: Educational Studies (non-licensure)

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.8

Contact Information

College of Education
(765) 494-2345

College of Education

Careers in General Education: Educational Studies (non-licensure)

  •   Policy Maker
  •   Researcher
  •   Graduate or Professional School

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