Self-Designed Studies

The Self-Designed Studies degree option allows you to define your own area of study under the guidance of faculty mentors. This degree option is of special interest to educators, parents, or community/cultural workers who seek knowledge in the field of educational pedagogy who are not seeking teacher licensure.

Your work may include studies in antiracist education, alternative schooling, integrative arts, mediation, bilingual education, spirituality, and environmental sustainability, to name a few. This degree option is for the education student who desires to put the ideals of democracy, human development, peace, and global responsibility into practice. The individual focus allows you to match your passion in education with your degree in education.

This low-residency option is available to graduate and undergraduate students.  Student can further focus their studies in one of two concentrations.

Community Education Concentration

The concentration aims to bring early childhood educators, youth workers, after-school providers, continuing-education leaders, and others together to combine the understanding of education theory with knowledge and skills acquired through working in the field.

Community Education students use their experiences in the workplace and the local community to produce a relevant and meaningful program of study rooted in theory, expanded through practice, and focused on personal and professional educational goals. Students in the Community Education Concentration cover three required learning areas:

  1. The philosophy and history of progressive and community education
  2. The community education process, and
  3. The understanding of community education in a political context.

Students also have the option of studying program and curriculum development in a community context. Learn more about the Community Education Concentration here.

Dual Language Early Childhood Education Concentration

Goddard’s Dual Language Early Childhood Education concentration within the Education Program is designed for working adults engaged in Dual Language Early Childhood Education and related fields. It uses the Soy Bilingüe Adult Dual Language (ADL) Model developed by the Center for Linguistic and Cultural Democracy. This means that during the residency, Spanish is used for half the time and English is used half the time. Learn more about the Dual Language concentration here.