Whether your goal is to teach young minds, discover how humans learn, or better understand educational institutions and policies, the Department of Education at Washington University offers a chance to explore your interests, develop your skills, and begin your journey to a rewarding career. We offer undergraduate programs in the following areas:
The Department of Education offers undergraduate majors in Teacher Education with Elementary, Middle School, and Secondary specializations. The elementary, middle school, and secondary teacher education programs are designed to produce teachers who take an inquiry-oriented approach to education. Based upon the belief that teaching is a complex, normative, and changing activity, teacher education is viewed as an on-going, problem-solving process as opposed to a search for the "one right" answer or "one best" way.
The Department of Education offers an undergraduate major and minor in Educational Studies for persons interested in the study of educational processes and institutions. Students in the Educational Studies program apply the perspectives and methods of a number of disciplines to questions about educational institutions, educational processes, and the social and cultural factors that affect them.
The major in Applied Linguistics is concerned with increasing the understanding of the role of language in human affairs and thereby with providing the knowledge necessary for those who are responsible for taking language-related decisions whether the need arises in the classroom, the workplace, the law court, or the laboratory.