Pursue Various Career Paths in Education and Beyond
Our Bachelor of Arts degree program in instructional studies — also available fully online — 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 career opportunities that would not require formal state teaching certification.
If teaching certification is your ultimate goal, with your University advisor's approval, students may complete 12 credits of graduate coursework that can be used toward the bachelor's degree completion, as well as the beginning of a Master's of Education program leading to PA teacher certification.
Courses & Topics
You will receive a well-rounded education through our core curriculum and classes in our instructional studies major.
Family and Community Diversity
Intro to Teaching Profession
Assessment and Adaptation
Building Family Partnerships
Special Education and Inclusive Practices
Positive Behavior Interventions and Support
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 or teaching assistant in public schools
Private schools not requiring PDE certification
Extended school programs
Profit and non-profit organizations focused on children, youth and families