Educational Studies

Major, Minor

School of Education

4-Year Degree

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The Educational Studies Program at Westminster University

People learn in a myriad of settings outside of the K–12 education system. Westminster University's customizable Educational Studies program will prepare you to facilitate learning with adults or youth, building a specialization in settings such as arts programs, athletic nonprofits, English-language programs in the U.S. or abroad, training programs, and more. The Educational Studies program is also a great program to launch a career focused on participating in the decision-making around educational policy and the future of the rapidly-changing education field.

In a rapidly-changing world, learning should be lifelong and throughout many areas of an individual's life. Westminster's customizable Educational Studies program will prepare you to lead those educational ventures, providing you a solid foundation for understanding how and why people learn, and develop the skills you need to facilitate learning.

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Who the Educational Studies Is Program For

Students in the Educational Studies program love finding creative ways to enhance the learning process and know that learning is a lifelong undertaking. As you engage in valuable research, practice critical reflection, and gain experience, you'll equip yourself to teach and lead in meaningful and innovative ways in a variety of settings.

What Are the Key Benefits of the Educational Studies Program?

  • A customizable degree plan allows you to focus on the educational setting(s) outside of the K–12 system that interest you the most
  • Courses allow you to build unique expertise in cutting-edge topics from gamification to the globalization of education, trauma and restorative justice practices, and more
  • An in-depth research project (and optional internship) give you valuable experience that is applicable to any career or graduate studies path you choose

sample Educational studies courses

  • EDUC-315: Learning Theories
  • DATA-150: Data and Society
  • DATA-220: Introduction to Statistics
  • EDUC-305: Classroom Management

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Our Faculty

Peggy Cain, PhD

Marilee Coles-Ritchie, PhD

Anneliese Cannon, PhD
Associate Professor

Lowell Oswald, PhD
Associate Professor


related programs

The program can also be taken as a minor. You may also be interested in these programs:


Potential Employers

  • YWCA Utah 
  • Salt Lake City School District 

Educational Studies Program Plan of Study

You will choose to complete foundation courses in either children and youth learning or adult learning and then specialize in an area of expertise. In your senior year, you will conduct a research project. You also have the opportunity to complete an internship during your studies if you choose to. Internship possibilities include opportunities with English-language programs for refugees and immigrants, policy and research organizations, nonprofit arts programs, athletics programs, youth gardening programs, and more.

liberal education courses

You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.

Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

Westminster University knows you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. Westminster will work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, Westminster helps you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, Westminster students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

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You’ll be automatically considered for scholarship and grant opportunities.

In addition to general merit scholarships, other scholarship programs are available to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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Your tuition, fully paid

All students should have the ability to explore their passions. Westminster University is proud to cover the cost of tuition for qualifying students through the Westminster Commitment.

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