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:
- Foreign language
- Language arts
- Physical education
- 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.