Discovering Your Passion in Education at Iowa Wesleyan University is more than attending a comprehensive university; it is a commitment to something greater–YOU

The Education Foundations Major offers an individual and unique course of study with flexible course selection in a variety of emphases. You will be encouraged to explore the courses to discover your passion and choose your career. The individual attention from faculty and advisors provides a strong mentorship environment for you, ensuring you will get on the right track.

The core education courses have several tracks of emphasis which prepare you for a multitude of careers working with children, not in a school setting. With required internships, Iowa Wesleyan provides the opportunity to experience different careers which develops great networking connections for increased employment opportunities upon graduation.

A student interested in a career in education outside of classroom teaching may complete a program leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree with an Educational Foundations major.

A student not seeking a teaching license may complete a program leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree with an Educational Foundations Major. Courses required for this major are outlined in the checklist below. An internship must be completed for this major and approved by the Iowa Wesleyan Director of Career Services, Internships, and Service Learning and the Teacher Education Program Director of Educational Field Experiences. The Educational Foundations Major is recommended for candidates pursuing a career related to education that may or may not require an advanced degree.


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  • School Guidance Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Librarian
  • Speech Therapist
  • Behavior Consultant
  • Higher Education Administration

Download Educational Foundations Checksheet for required courses

Educational Foundations Checklist