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About this major

The Education Studies Major is taken by all students enrolled in undergraduate education degrees offered by Sydney School of Education and Social Work but is also available as an area of study to students who do not wish to become teachers but are interested in knowing more about education. Providing foundational study in education, the Education Studies Major will introduce you to the study of education, with specialist units on sociological perspectives on education, psychological perspectives on education, Aboriginal Education and Special and Inclusive Education.

In their third year, students can choose a specialist unit from areas such as psychology of education, creativity and education, global and international education, the contexts of education in Australia – Aboriginal Community and Country. Offered on a rotating basis, selective units include: child development and educational neuroscience; Mentoring in Educational Contexts; Creative Ecologies – Pedagogies and Praxis; Aboriginal Community-led Education; and Sex, gender and sexuality in education.

In their final year of study, students will complete the FASS Interdisciplinary Impact unit and the Education Capstone Unit.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to the Interdisciplinary Studies Handbook.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Careers adviser 
  • Government and public service roles 
  • Family support worker 
  • Policy officer 
  • Researcher 
  • Youth support officer
Courses that offer this major

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