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Field of Study: Education, General


Programs in general education teach people the theories of learning and teaching. Students learn how to plan a curriculum.



General education programs include topics such as:

  • Educational systems
  • Public, private, and charter schools
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Human and child psychology
  • Learning styles
  • School safety and health

In general education programs, students may be able to specialize in specific subjects they would like to teach in fields such as:

  • Art
  • Foreign language
  • Language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Physical education
  • Music
  • Science
  • Social science

People who want to teach in middle and high school are usually required to select areas of specialization.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in general education. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in general education. A master's degree typically requires one or two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.