ISS - Community Education, B.A.

The Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Community Education Specialization program is an online degree program that prepares students to plan and deliver flexible educational programs for children, youth, and young adults in informal and community-based educational settings.

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Program Description

The Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Community Education Specialization program provides a broad view of issues related to the life-long-learner and various community education settings. The specialization provides students with a framework to address theories related to the life-long-learner, issues surrounding community education and learning, and curriculum used in community education settings.

Students will be engaged in and develop their own knowledge of high-impact practices for facilitating the life-long learning of diverse children, youth, and young adults in community education environments. Some of these environments include museums, environmental education centers, summer camps, and afterschool programs. Students will learn to apply Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to create educational programming that ensures accessibility to learners of all ages with diverse needs.

Career Opportunities

  • Afterschool Coordinator
  • Museum Education Coordinator
  • Outdoor Education Coordinator
  • Environmental Education Coordinator
  • Parks and Recreation Program Specialist
  • Parent Educator
  • Preschool Teacher

Department Contact

Teacher Education and Educational Leadership
University of West Florida
Building 85, Room 196
Pensacola, FL 32514

Catalog Description
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High-Impact Practices

The following high-impact practices are embedded throughout the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Community Education Specialization degree program.

Students will participate in collaborative learning experiences and activities as they develop their knowledge of informal education and learning generally, and in particular, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles.

Service Learning
Students will engage in service learning in an informal and community-based setting of their selection.

Field Instruction
Students will engage in experiential learning in both formal and informal settings towards developing an awareness and appreciation of the unique features of each context.

Students will explore diversity in the cultures, languages, and needs of participants in informal and community-based settings.


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