Planning for Advanced Degrees in Education
Schools of Education offer several different kinds of graduate programs. These cover credentialing programs, master’s degrees in administration or policy, practitioners' advanced degrees in EdD, and doctorate degrees in advanced research.
What Should I do If I’m interested in Education?
Although Stanford does not offer an undergraduate major in education, there are a number of ways to develop your interest in education over your years here:
- Take an IntroSem or Sophomore College course with an Education professor
- Join the Stanford Pre-Education Society (Facebook page)
- Minor or do honors in Education
- Engage in public service in schools through the Haas Center
- Take courses in the Graduate School of Education. (Check with the professor at the beginning of the quarter to be sure it’s appropriate for undergrads, but most 100- or 200-level courses may be.)
- Live in the Education and Society Theme House (EAST) as a sophomore, junior, or senior
- Consider the 1-unit lecture series Educ100A, Educ100B, Educ100C, held over lunch at EAST house (appropriate for all four classes, theme changes each quarter)
- Meet with a UAD for Pre-Professional Advising with a focus in Pre-Education
- Meet with the Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Graduate School of Education, Dr. Jennifer Wolf
- Consider applying to STEP to earn your teaching credential after completing your bachelor’s degree
Planning for an Advanced Degree in Education
- To pursue an advanced degree in education you must take several admissions tests, depending on the degree program they’ve selected. Plan on taking the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) near the end of your junior year if it is required for the programs to which you are planning to apply.
- Credentialing programs do test for knowledge of specific disciplines so it's a good idea to pursue whichever major truly interests you.
- You can also participate in the undergraduate Honors program offered by the Stanford Graduate School of Education, or consider the Minor in Education.
- Consult with an Academic Advisor.