Major: Education

What colleges offer a Major in Education?

Do you find yourself reading stories to younger kids or organizing games for your cousins at the family picnic? Do you feel proud when you've explained a difficult math problem to a friend and his face lights up with understanding?

If you major in education, you’ll develop your talents into the skills every teacher needs. You’ll find out how to set up and manage a classroom, design and teach inspiring lessons, and help students succeed no matter what their age, background, or learning style.

Education majors study how people learn and how to best teach them. Classes cover such topics as educational psychology, school health and safety issues, and the planning of classroom activities.

Did You Know?

To teach in many schools, including public schools, you'll need a teaching certificate. You may also need to focus your studies on a specialty such as special education or math.

Are You Ready To...?

  • Visit schools and classrooms and report on your observations
  • Design lesson plans and practice teaching them in front of your classmates
  • Spend a semester student teaching under the supervision of an experienced teacher
  • Do paid or volunteer work as a camp counselor, coach, or tutor

It Helps To Be...

Patient, well organized, and flexible. This is a great major for someone who is fascinated by the learning process and who loves to spend time with young people.

College Checklist

  • Is the program accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and approved by the state's department of education?
  • Does the program allow undergraduates to major in education or only minor in it?
  • What requirements do you have to fulfill in order to be certified to teach upon graduation?
  • Will you be able to teach in states other than the one where the program is located?
  • Does the program offer the specialization (such as elementary education) you want?

Most of my assignments focus on analyzing classroom practices -- you tell why you like [a certain practice and] how you'd change it. Then you plan your own lessons and implement those plans.” -- Kau'i, senior, education, University of Hawaii

Course Spotlight

The semester you spend student teaching will be a valuable stepping-stone to your first teaching job. You'll build up to this challenging experience through plenty of classroom observations and hands-on teaching exercises. 

Before you graduate, you'll step into the classroom to try out your own lesson plans and classroom management techniques on real, live kids. The classroom teacher will give you feedback and guidance along the way. By the time you finish, you'll be champing at the bit to start your career.