B.S. Educational Studies

The individualized and interdisciplinary B.S. in Educational Studies is for students interested in learning how to design, develop, and deliver educational programs and classes to adults and youth learners in a variety of non-school organizations, non-profit community-based, post-secondary settings.

Such settings include vocational and technical education, universities, university extension, continuing education outreach, business and industry training and human resource development, workforce development and training, and adult basic and literacy education.

The major is interdepartmentally based, and students, with the Educational Studies advisor and faculty members develop a course of study which emphasizes course work appropriate to the academic/professional goals of the student.

Courses are offered during the day, evenings, weekends, as well as online.

Please note: Our online courses can sometimes be taken by out-of-state students for in-state tuition.

About the Degree

Areas of Study:

• Adult Education
• Youth Leadership
• Training and Workforce Development

Graduates work as:

• Adult and Continuing Education Programmers/Instructors
• Youth Leaders and Educators
• Administrators in Community-Based Organizations
• Workforce Development Trainers
• Human Resource Development Trainers
• and others

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credits is needed for graduation. Students must satisfy all UWM, School of Education and Educational Studies program requirements, and have satisfactorily completed the following minimum requirements:

Educational Studies Core Curriculum Requirements:

A total of 36 credits is required in liberal arts course work with 9 credits in each of the following areas: the humanities, fine arts, natural sciences, and social sciences.

Educational Studies Major:

The Educational Studies Major requires completing at least 42 credits, 34 of them in the School of Education, with a 2.75 grade point average overall. The major contains three components:

Focus Area: A minimum of 15 credits in the chosen focus areas/area of concentration.
Field Work: 3-6 cr. Practical experience applying the professional field work skills of the student in an appropriate work setting.
Common Learnings Component: Each student must earn 24 credits in course work which develops knowledge of social cultural perspectives, human development and learning, program development, and communication skills/group processes. Refer to each Focus Area's program sheet.

Advanced Level Course Work Outside the School of Education:

Students enrolled as Educational Studies majors must complete a minimum of 12 credits of advanced level course work offered through departments outside the School of Education. Courses must be numbered 300 or above.

General University Electives:

The program allows for a significant number of general University electives. For example, an Educational Studies major interested in Adult Education Focus Area may elect supportive course work in psychology, while the student interested in Youth Leadership may choose to study in communication, social work, or other appropriate departments. This program is also available as a second degree option at the Undergraduate level.

See the Educational Studies program sheets and current Schedule of Classes for courses which satisfy the degree requirements above.

Focus Areas

Choosing a focus area, from one of the three below options, is required.

Adult Education (PDF)
Youth Leadership (PDF)
Training & Workforce Development (PDF)

Contact the Academic Advisor

Tamara Badura
Office Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Advising Appointments: (414) 229-4721
Fax Number: (414) 229-4705

Enderis Hall, Room 209
2400 E. Hartford Avenue
Milwaukee WI 53211

Mailing Address:
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Office of Academic Services
School of Education
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI. 53201