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Our Bachelor of Arts degree program in instructional studies is a useful alternative to the teacher certification route. It is intended for students who have a strong interest in the field of education and are seeking opportunities that would not require formal state certification. 

Two sequences, Pre-Kindergarten through grade four and grades four through eight, are available.

Students in the instructional studies program can choose one of the University's minors or a concentration in one of the following areas:

  • Child care administrator
  • Educational leadership

Courses & Topics

You will receive a well-rounded education through our core curriculum and classes in our instructional studies major.

Courses include:

  • Family and Community Diversity
  • Assessment and Adaptation
  • Educational Psychology
  • The Adolescent Development
  • Special Education and Inclusive Practices
Pictured is instructional studies student Angel Mahnick.

As an instructional studies student, Angel Mahnik '13, worked as a teacher's aide at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.

Career Options

With an instructional studies degree, you will have the option to pursue career opportunities in various areas, such as:

  • Daycare and early learning centers
  • Paraprofessional in public schools
  • Private schools not requiring PDE certification
  • Extended school programs
  • Community centers
  • Profit and non-profit organizations focused on children, youth and families
  • Youth service agencies