Educational Studies

Learn How to Apply the Art & Science of Teaching in Innovative Ways

Myriad career paths await students who choose educational studies. You'll build a solid base in educational theory and practice, foundations of American education and its role in society, as well as issues related to curriculum, and the profession of teaching.

The grounding you'll receive in your coursework is similar to our traditional education programs (without the student-teaching component), so you'll be prepared for a variety of careers in daycare centers, museums, educational advocacy centers, corporations, and group homes, to name a few. 

Program Overview

Educational Studies Major

The goal of the education studies program is to give students a solid base in educational theory and practice — a full understanding of the role of the teacher, how and in what ways learning occurs, and how to build and maintain effective programs. While this bachelor's degree isn’t designed to prepare students to become classroom teachers, it provides the knowledge and skills to be successful partners in the educational setting.

Graduates have gone on to work in daycare centers, group homes, service organizations such as Boys and Girls Clubs, preschools, museums, hospitals, and social service agencies, among others.

You can enhance your educational studies major with an emphasis in communication studies, technology, business, political systems, history, science, English, infants and toddlers, American Sign Language, working with children, or working with families.

Educational Studies Minor

Minoring in education is a great way to supplement your major with a firm background in educational theory and practice. You'll gain the necessary foundation to become a partner in any educational setting.

The education minor is ideal for those who may wish to go into corporate training, human resources, and professions that are closely related to education, schools, and school systems.

And in support of the education of all students, you'll consider philosophical, historical, theoretical, and legal foundations of special education, and the education of other categories of students who are considered at-risk, such as migrant, homeless, and incarcerated youth, minorities, the LGBTQA+ community, transgender students, first Americans, students with health challenges, and students living in poverty.

You'll also explore societal perspectives on special education, philosophical and psychological aspects of education, along with foundations of language and literacy.

Learn More About Educational Studies

Dr. Tiffany Coyle

Associate Professor of Education

Academic Credentials

University of Rochester
Ed.D. in Teaching and Curriculum
Nazareth College
M.S.Ed. in Literacy
Nazareth College
B.A. in Psychology, Inclusive Education

Dr. Nicholas Koberstein

Associate Professor of Psychology

Academic Credentials

University of Connecticut
University of Connecticut
Eastern Connecticut State University

Dr. Klaudia Lorinczova

Division Chair
Professor of Educational Studies

Academic Credentials

University of Oklahoma
University of Constantine the Philosopher
M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
University of Constantine the Philosopher
M.A. in Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language


Klaudia Lorinczova, a native of Slovakia, has been in the field of Education for several decades. Her career began as a secondary level English as a Foreign language teacher, teaching grades 8-12. She moved to United States in 2004 to pursue a degree in Literacy and Language Development adding elementary education to her experience, with focus on first grade. Working with teachers and teacher candidates has been a life-long dream and a very rewarding career. Classroom is an absolute comfort zone for her. She speaks six languages (Slovak, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, German, and English) and uses her linguistic knowledge in her courses with focus on Literacy and English Language Learners. Ask her junior/senior students about "lodka" and you will get a story about them having to sit through a lesson she teaches in her native Slovak language to demonstrate how ELLs feel in an English language classroom.

Kara Roop Miheretu, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education

Academic Credentials

Lasell College
B.A. in Education
Columbia University
M.A. in International Education
The Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Susan Strickland

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Academic Credentials

SUNY Potsdam
B.A. in Sociology/Criminal Justice
Syracuse University
M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling
Walden University
Ph.D. in Psychology


Susan Strickland, Ph.D, earned a doctorate degree in Psychology, 2014. She also has a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, from Syracuse University. Susan Strickland is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Certified Disability Management Specialist, and Certified Brain Health Coach.

Susan Strickland, Ph.D has been an Adjunct Faculty for Keuka College from 2012 to the present. She has taught various courses such as Statistics for the Social Sciences, Personality Theory, Forensic Psychology, Abnormal Psychology & Psychopathology Ethics for Criminal Justice Professionals, Deviance & Social Control, Ethnic Diversity, Critical Thinking, Integrative Studies 11: Crime & Justice, Elementary Statistics for Action Research, Introduction to Action Research and Action Research Project.

Professional Interests

Research interests are varied and include: Strickland, S. (2014) Predicting Depression and Psychosocial Adaptation in Post Traumatic Brain Injury with Memory and Executive Functions: Published Dissertation.

Additional research on Working Memory; Biological Assessment of Brain Injury; History of Cognitive Movement; Behavioral Rating Inventory of Executive Function; Brain Development and Adolescent Brain Injury; Mild Traumatic Brain Injury; Self Efficacy; Ethics in Testing & Assessment; Diagnosis of Depression following Traumatic Brain Injury; Pharmacological Approaches to Traumatic Brain Injury; Stress and Depression; TBI and Endocrine Disorders; Immunology and Depression, Changing Health Behaviors-Diabetes, Post-Partum Depression.

Susan Strickland has worked as a psychologist providing counseling and behavioral services for the New York State Department of Health Program, Medicaid Waiver for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury and other chronic medical conditions from 1997 to the present.

Contact Information

Dr. Klaudia Lorinczova

Division Chair

Professor of Educational Studies

(315) 279-5699
[email protected]