Go back
Students study in UC plaza

General Studies: Concentration Education (Non-Licensure)

Total Credit Hours
Concentrations to Choose From
ApplySearch for FacultyFind a Program

Why study General Studies: Concentration Education (Non-Licensure) at APSU?

If you are a student with an earned associate's degree or have earned college credits with an interest to work with children or adolescents in schools or youth-focused agencies, then this non-licensure option can be designed to meet your career goals. It is more broadly based to gain knowledge that promotes the academic, social, and physical growth of youth in their care. Basic principles of learning and teaching are introduced.


What will I learn?

Students will learn the foundational principles for children and youth to learn. Social factors that impact academic development will be explored. Course selections for students will reinforce their background knowledge to perform duties that may be instructional in nature. . Experienced advisors assist students to design an individualized degree plan that meets their career and/or graduate school goals.

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. 

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.

What Do General Studies: Concentration Education (Non-Licensure) majors Do After Graduation?

If you are interested in a career working with youth, then this major can be used for entry-level positions that do not require licensure. These positions may include working with pre-school aged children, after-school programs, school paraprofessionals, and other youth-centered social agencies. In addition, the degree is an appropriate stepping-stone for students seeking initial teacher certification at the master's level or other appropriate graduate-level programs.

  • Teacher Assistant
  • Childcare Worker
  • Pre-School Worker
  • Paraprofessional
  • Child Advocate
  • Graduate School Academic Advising Certificate
  • Graduate School MAT
  • Graduate School MSW Social Work
  • Nanny
  • Special Education Aide
  • Family Support Worker