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Education (Without Licensure) (BA)

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Amanda Bock
​Associate Professor of Special Education
Robin Vincent
Associate Professor of Education

Chart Your Course with Education Without Licensure: A Unique Major at WPU

Are you passionate about education but not necessarily looking to pursue a teaching license right away? At William Peace University, we offer the Education without Licensure major, a comprehensive program tailored for individuals with a fervor for education who want to delve into curriculum development, classroom best practices, and culturally responsive teaching.

A Comprehensive Major

Our Education without Licensure major is carefully crafted to provide a thorough understanding of educational principles without the immediate focus on obtaining a teaching license. Students enrolled in this program engage in a curriculum that covers a broad spectrum, from exploring innovative teaching methods to understanding the intricacies of curriculum development. This major offers a unique opportunity for students to gain valuable insights into the field of education without the commitment to licensure requirements.

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Hands-On Experience

One of the distinctive features of studying education at William Peace University is the abundance of opportunities for hands-on experience. Students in the Education without Licensure major have the chance to actively participate in teaching and observational roles across various educational settings. This immersive approach allows individuals to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios, fostering a deeper understanding of the complexities within the education sector.

Diverse Career Paths

The Education without Licensure major opens doors to a plethora of career paths within the realm of education. Ideal for those who aspire to contribute to education without pursuing traditional teaching roles, this major prepares students for positions in education support, non-profit organizations, educational policy, and curriculum development.

Whether you envision shaping educational strategies, influencing policy decisions, or working in support roles, this major provides a versatile foundation.

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Understanding the importance of culturally responsive teaching is at the core of our Education without Licensure major. We recognize the diverse nature of educational settings and emphasize the development of skills that enable graduates to adapt to different cultural contexts. This approach not only enriches the learning experience for educators but also ensures that graduates are well-equipped to navigate the complexities of the modern educational landscape.

Internships and Practical Experience

William Peace University is committed to providing practical experiences for students. Internships, fieldwork opportunities, and research projects are integral components of the program, allowing students to apply theoretical knowledge in real-world situations. These experiences not only enhance practical skills but also provide a competitive edge in the job market.

Versatility and Future Readiness

In a rapidly evolving educational landscape, versatility is key. The Education without Licensure major at WPU is designed to equip graduates with a well-rounded skill set, making them adaptable to the dynamic nature of the professional world. Whether your aspirations lie in educational support, policy development, or curriculum design, our program ensures you are well-prepared for success.

Join us in exploring the multifaceted field of education without the immediate pursuit of a teaching license. William Peace University’s Education without Licensure major offers a comprehensive and dynamic approach to understanding education, empowering you to make a meaningful impact on the future of learning.

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Possible Careers
While most graduates go on to work in teaching or in administration in both public and private schools, many other jobs await those with an education degree. 


Frequently Asked Questions


Absolutely! While this major does not focus on immediate licensure, it provides a strong foundation in education, and you can pursue licensure through additional coursework if you decide to become a licensed teacher in the future.


The Education without Licensure major emphasizes a broad understanding of education, making graduates well-suited for roles in policy development, non-profit organizations, and other educational settings that do not require a teaching license.


WPU is dedicated to providing hands-on experiences. We facilitate internships, fieldwork, and research projects, allowing students to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios, enhancing their practical skills.

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