The world of education is wider than you might imagine, and this individualized and interdisciplinary program will prepare you for a rewarding career designing, developing and delivering educational programs and classes to adults and youth learners in a variety of non-school organizations and nonprofit, community-based, post-secondary settings.

This degree allows you to specialize in one of three areas:

  • Adult Education
  • Youth Leadership
  • Training and Workforce Development

Our graduates have gone on to become educational leaders in vocational and technical education, universities, university extension, continuing education outreach, business and industry training and human resource development, workforce development and training, and adult basic and literacy education, among other areas.

Why Choose Our Program?

  • The major is interdepartmentally based, and you’ll work with the Educational Studies advisor and faculty members to develop a course of study which emphasizes course work best suited to your personal academic and professional goals.
  • Choose from courses offered during the day, evenings, weekends and online.
  • Our online courses can sometimes be taken by out-of-state students for in-state tuition.
  • You’ll be prepared to succeed in a variety of careers, including as an adult and continuing education programmer/instructor, youth leader/educator, administrator in community-based organizations, workforce development trainer, human resource development trainer, and more.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credits is needed for graduation. You must satisfy all UWM, School of Education and Educational Studies program requirements, and have satisfactorily completed the following minimum requirements:

Educational Studies Core Curriculum Requirements

A total of 36 credits in liberal arts course work with 9 credits in each of the following areas: the humanities, fine arts, natural sciences, and social sciences.

Educational Studies Major

The Educational Studies Major requires completing at least 42 credits, 34 of them in the School of Education, with a 2.75 grade point average overall. The major contains three components:

  • Focus Area: A minimum of 15 credits in your chosen focus area.
  • Field Work: 3 to 6 credits. You’ll gain practical experience applying your professional field work skills in an appropriate work setting.
  • Common Learning Component: Each student must earn 24 credits in course work which develops knowledge of social cultural perspectives, human development and learning, program development, and communication skills/group processes. Refer to each focus area’s program sheet for more details.

Advanced-Level Course Work Outside the School of Education

Educational Studies majors must complete a minimum of 12 credits of advanced-level course work offered through departments outside the School of Education. Courses must be numbered 300 or above.

General University Electives

The program allows for a significant number of general university electives. For example, an Educational Studies major interested in adult education might choose supportive course work in psychology, while the student interested in youth leadership may choose to study in communication, social work or other appropriate departments. If you’re considering double majoring, the Educational Studies degree is also an excellent way to enhance another major.

See the Educational Studies program sheets and current Schedule of Classes for courses that satisfy the degree requirements above.

Focus Areas

You must choose one of the three focus areas below:

Adult Education Program Requirements (PDF)

Youth Leadership Program Requirements (PDF)

Training & Workforce Development Program Requirements (PDF)


Contact an Educational Studies Program Academic Advisor

Office of Student Services Advising
(414) 229-4721
Office Hours
: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.