Educational Studies

Learning happens everywhere and many teachers work outside of a classroom. Education can happen in community centers, the workplace, non-profit agencies, recreation centers, churches and other locations. In our educational studies program, you’ll have numerous opportunities to examine the role and function of education in our society and you’ll develop the tools needed to teach in a variety of non-traditional settings.

“I'll be prepared for whatever my future holds for me.”
— Rachel Bragstad '18

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About the Educational Studies Program

Carroll University’s educational studies program prepares you for a variety of education-related careers outside of the traditional K-12 classrooms. You’ll learn about the variety of ways in which education occurs in our society, the history of schooling and innovative approaches to education. You’ll also study approaches to special education, teaching students with exceptional needs, and the psychology of development and learning. In addition, you’ll work one-on-one with a faculty mentor to select other courses that relate to your career interests.

Our educational studies program builds the foundation for a flexible career with a variety of options, such as social work, corporate training, human resources positions, literacy development, social service agencies, tutoring, workforce development, sales, community education and many more. An educational studies major can also help prepare you for graduate studies in programs such as school psychology, guidance counseling, school social work, occupational therapy or physical therapy. Note that this major does not lead to teacher certification.

Carroll has a rich tradition of teaching excellence, and the exceptional quality of our education programs is recognized by educators and administrators in area school districts and educational organizations. Our strong community and school partnerships ensure that you’ll receive extensive experiences in learning, teaching and networking while at Carroll. These embedded internship and field experiences provide opportunities to apply theory on teaching and learning to real-world scenarios.

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In addition to the major, Carroll offers a minor in educational studies that complements many areas of study:


We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:

  • Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
  • Retzer Nature Center
  • Waukesha, Pewaukee, Elmbrook, Mukwonago and Muskego School Districts 
  • Medical College of Wisconsin Outreach
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee
  • Carroll University Office of Student Activities


College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

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Carroll University’s Department of Education and Human Services will offer a new Community Counseling Center during the summer of 2023 as a free resource to the public.

Alumna Kathy Wolfgram '76

Kathy Wolfgram '76 to serve as keynote speaker for annual Alumnae Leadership Luncheon


The Dr. Seuss title “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” comes to mind for alumna Kathy Wolfgram ’76 when she reflects on her time at Carroll and the start of a career in chemistry that she said might have been intimidating if she knew what was to come.

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