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Selected Studies in Education

Ideal for students interested in exploring educational issues and careers related to education, the selected studies in education (SSE) major is designed for students committed to having a role in social change through creative action in a variety of fields and disciplines.

Enrolled students select from five focus areas:
  • Post-secondary and human services fields
  • Cultural foundations of American schooling: schooling and diversity
  • Education, technology, and media
  • Physical activity: sport, coaching and recreation
  • Pre-teaching: the study of teaching, learning, and inclusion
SSE gives students the flexibility of studying and exploring a wide breadth of education-related topics without having to follow a teacher certification track. Although students are not pursuing an education related certificate, the SSE major does keep a certification career pathway open by facilitating entrance into a variety of programs offering master’s degrees in K-12 teaching. This multidisciplinary program is tailored to every student’s individual interests and aspirations and prepares students for a variety of positions both inside and outside educational institutions.

About the School of Education

The School of Education is a national leader in enhancing educational practice. A pioneer in the inclusion movement, the School of Education continues that tradition through its work to improve urban education.


Core coursework emphasizes math, natural science, and humanities. Sample courses include:
  • Education for Transformation
  • Schooling and Diversity
  • The Philosophy, Principles and Organization of Athletics in Education
  • Teaching and Learning for Inclusive Schooling
  • Poverty, Policy, and Human Services
  • General Counseling Methods
View official major requirements .

Practical Experience

The selected studies in education major is supplemented by a wide variety of real-world learning opportunities.
  • Intern with youth sports and fitness organizations in non-school settings such as YMCA/YWCA’s, Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs, and private and public sport/recreational facilities.
  • Volunteer with community organizations such as Head Start or SUNY Upstate Medical University.
  • Job shadow counselors, social workers, coaches, business owners, and entrepreneur.
  • Become a member of the Wellness, Health, Exercise and Education in Life club on-campus.

Study Abroad

Ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S.,  Syracuse Abroad  has more than 100 programs in 60 countries, with nearly half of all students going abroad during their four years.
To make study abroad more affordable, you have the opportunity to apply for a Himan Brown Fellows scholarship, a scholarship exclusively for School of Education Students.

Life After Syracuse University

A degree in selected studies in education prepares you for a career as a:
  • Coach
  • Community fitness director
  • Counselor
  • Public policy advocate
Or, pursue graduate-level education in the areas of education or public administration. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S. Fast-track masters programs are available.