Education Studies

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Education Studies at Bakersfield College provides students with a broad-based understanding of the field of education. We offer a range of courses and experiences that explore the social, cultural, and political contexts of education and the theories and practices of teaching and learning. Through a combination of coursework, fieldwork, and practical experience, students gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of education and the roles of educators in society.

professor giving lecture in classroom,s tudents raising handsWhat is Education Studies?

Education Studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that explores the theoretical, social, cultural, and political dimensions of education. It is a broad-based field that covers a range of topics, including educational philosophy, history, policy, diversity, technology, and teaching and learning. Education Studies is different from teacher education programs in that it is not primarily focused on training students to become teachers, but rather on developing a deep understanding of the social, cultural, and political contexts of education and the role of education in society. The field is intended for students who are interested in exploring the complex and multifaceted nature of education, and who seek to understand how education can be used as a tool for social and cultural change. Graduates of Education Studies programs can pursue careers in education-related fields such as policy, administration, advocacy, and community organizing, or go on to pursue advanced degrees in education or related fields.

Is Education Studies right for Me?

If you are interested in a career in education and are interested in exploring the complex social, cultural, and political dimensions of this field, this may be the right program for you. Some personal and professional qualities that can help students excel in Education Studies include:

  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Strong communication skills
  • Cultural competency
  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking
  • Collaborative skills

Overall, individuals who possess these qualities and are passionate about education and social justice are likely to thrive in Education Studies. The field offers a diverse range of career opportunities for graduates, including roles in policy, administration, advocacy, and community organizing.

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Education Studies Careers

An Associate of Science (AS) degree and/or certificates in Education Studies can provide graduates with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to pursue various career paths in the field of education. Here are some common career options:

  • Teacher's Aide: Teacher's aides work under the supervision of licensed teachers to provide instructional and administrative support in classrooms.
  • After-School Program Coordinator: After-school program coordinators manage and organize after-school programs, developing and implementing activities and programs that support students' academic and social development.
  • Preschool Teacher: Preschool teachers work with young children to prepare them for kindergarten and beyond, teaching fundamental academic and social skills.
  • Tutor: Tutors provide individual or small-group instruction to students who need extra help with academic subjects.
  • Paraeducator: Paraeducators work with students who have special needs or require additional support, assisting with instructional and administrative tasks in classrooms.
  • Education Advocate: Education advocates work to promote equal access to education and advocate for policies that support educational equity and social justice.
  • Education Policy Analyst: Education policy analysts work to evaluate and develop policies related to education at the local, state, or national level.

Overall, an AS in Education Studies can provide a solid foundation for entry-level positions in the field of education and can also serve as a starting point for further education and career development. Graduates of the program can pursue a range of careers in education and related fields, depending on their skills, interests, and career goals.

Academic Department: Education

Career & Learning Pathway: Education Pathway

Courses: Education (EDUC)

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