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Are you interested in education outside of the Pre-K - 12 classroom setting? Do you want to develop and apply innovative and practical understandings of education from multidisciplinary perspectives? Then this is the major for you! Learn how to design and implement educational programs, curriculum, and instruction that is geared toward your concentrations. Participate in research and data-informed practices for educational problems of practice. Complete a capstone project in areas such as career-oriented internships or apprenticeships.

Options Within the Program

Education, Culture, and Society majors choose two of the following tracks:

  • Youth, Family, and Community: Prepares students to work with children, youth, and/or families in a variety of settings that do not require teacher certification. Students will have the flexibility to select courses that will allow them to work in youth programs, parks and recreation departments, after-school programs, government agencies, and non-profit organizations related to childcare or youth development.
  • Diversity and Social Justice: Prepares students who will promote diversity and social justice through the development of theoretical and practical knowledge, empirical and applied research, and the use of effective equity and transformation practices.
  • Workforce Development: Prepares students to work in a variety of employment sectors to help other people learn the skills they need to excel in the workplace.



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Our NKU Teacher Education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

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Beyond the Classroom

This program will prepare you to address critical needs in the current and future workforce, including working with diverse colleagues and customers regionally, nationally, and globally, and equip you with innovative use of technology and design thinking as well as prepare you to understand and analyze formal and non-formal education at all levels and life stages.