Education Studies

Executive director: Mira Debs, Rm 408, 493 College St., 432-4631; https://educationstudies.yale.edu/, Program FAQ

Students seeking to engage with Education Studies can pursue one of two pathways alongside their major: the Multidisciplinary Acadmic Program (MAP), with a focus on research and learning with a cohort of Yale students, or the uncapped Education Studies Certificate.

Any Yale College student interested in education studies may take the introductory survey course, EDST 110, Foundations in Education Studies. This uncapped lecture course explores the historical, social, philosophical, and theoretical underpinnings of the field and helps students to understand the critical role of education in society through research, policy, and practice. 

Education Studies Multidisciplinary Academic Program

The Education Studies Multidisciplinary Academic Program (MAP) in Yale College provides a structure for students interested in the research, policy, and practice of education. By virtue of studying education at Yale, students engage in the interdisciplinary study of a primary institution impacting citizenship, governance, social reproduction, child development, and social inequality. Yale courses across the disciplines address these varying aspects of education through two area categories: (1) social contexts and policy and (2) individuals and society. 

In the fall of the sophomore year, students who have successfully completed or are currently enrolled in EDST 110 may apply to become a Yale Education Studies Scholar alongside their major course of study. Selected students join a cohort of twenty-five undergraduate peers who study education together over two-and-a-half years through coursework and other events. They are closely guided by faculty, peers, and alumni towards educational opportunities tailored to their individual interests. Education Studies Scholars also gain practical field experience through an appropriate academic-year educational opportunity or summer field experience.

To fulfill the requirements of the program, students must complete six courses including EDST 110, EDST 261; a field experience; two or three electives (depending on senior requirement), with at least one elective in each area category; and one or two senior capstone courses including EDST 400 alone or in combination with EDST 410 or 490. Two of the six courses may overlap with the student's major. Graduate and professional school courses may count, with approval from the Education Studies director. For a listing of courses in the area categories, see the Education Studies website. You may also search for approved courses in Yale Course Search by searching for the following attributes: EDST: Social Context and EDST: Indv Society.

Transcripts will have notation indicating successful completion of the MAP. Students may not earn both the Education Studies MAP and the Education Studies Certificate.

The curricular changes to the Education Studies MAP are applicable to the class of 2023 and subsequent classes. The class of 2022 is permitted to opt in to these changes.

REQUIREMENTS OF THE Multidisciplinary Academic PROGRAM

PrerequisiteEDST 110

Number of courses 6 courses (incl prereq, EDST 261 and senior req)

Distribution of courses 2 or 3 electives (depending on senior req) with at least one elective in each concentration area

Other requirement Field experience as described on the EDST website

Senior requirement EDST 400 alone or in combination with EDST 410 or 490

Certificate in Education Studies

Certificate director: Mira Debs, Rm 408, 493 College St., 432-4631; https://educationstudies.yale.edu/

This certificate, available to all interested Yale Students, provides the opportunity for students to pursue a focused study, in addition to their major, that will strengthen their liberal arts education. By virtue of studying education at Yale, students engage in the interdisciplinary study of a primary institution impacting citizenship, governance, social reproduction, child development, and social inequality. Yale courses across the disciplines address these varying aspects of education through two area categories: (1) social contexts and policy and (2) individuals and society. To earn the certificate, students must take EDST 110, one course in each of the two area categories, and two electives. No more than two course credits may overlap in the fulfillment of the requirements of the Education Studies certificate or of a major, a simultaneous degree, a multidisciplinary academic program, or another certificate. Additionally, no course credit may be applied toward the requirements of more than two curricular programs. For example, the same course credit may not be used to fulfill the requirements of two certificates and a major. Graduate and professional school courses may count, with approval from the certificate director.

For a listing of courses in the area categories, see the Education Studies Courses web page. You may also search for approved courses in Yale Course Search by searching for the following attributes: EDST: Social Context and EDST: Indv Society.

Completion Procedure and Advising Students interested in completing the Education Studies Certificate should contact certificate director mira.debs@yale.edu to receive a declaration form. Students may do so as early as their first year. The declaration form must be submitted no later than the due date for course schedules in the student’s final term of enrollment. Transcripts will have notation indicating successful completion of the certificate. Students may not earn both the Education Studies MAP and the Education Studies Certificate.

Requirements of the certificate

Number of courses 5 term courses

Specific course required  EDST 110

Distribution of courses one course credit each of two area categories: (1) social contexts and policy, and (2) individuals and society; 2 EDST electives