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Undergraduate Majors

Human and Organizational Development - The Human and Organizational Development major, a joint program between the Human and Organizational Development (HOD) and Leadership, Policy, and Organizations (LPO) Departments, prepares students to solve human problems in organizations and communities. Doing so requires knowledge of human development, group dynamics, organizational theory and behavior, economics, public policy, statistics, and methods of inquiry. The curriculum is planned to ensure that students obtain a strong foundation in science and liberal arts, with an emphasis on developing writing, oral presentation, and analytic skills.

Child Development - Focusing on children from infancy through adolescence and the contexts in which they live, including family, peer, school, community, and cultural influences, this program offers excellent preparation for graduate work in psychology, medicine, nursing, social work, education, or public policy.

Early Childhood and Elementary Education - This program will prepare you to teach all curricular areas from pre-K through fifth grade. In this program you will choose either an Early Childhood track, leading to teacher licensure for pre-K through third grade, or an Elementary Education track, leading to teacher licensure for kindergarten through fifth grade. Both tracks are field work intensive with a unique focus on children’s developmental thinking and reasoning in both school and non-school settings that involve teaching, advocacy, policy, and informal learning opportunities. (Note: The Early Childhood/Elementary Education major will not be offered for students entering in fall of 2022 and beyond. Students interested in elementary education should apply to the Elementary Education major.)

Elementary Education - The program is field work intensive with a unique focus on children’s developmental thinking and reasoning in both school and non-school settings that involve teaching, advocacy, policy, and informal learning opportunities at the Elementary level.  

Secondary Education - If your goal is to teach students in grades seven through 12, the secondary education major will provide strong grounding in one or more content areas, experience in teaching methods, and an introduction to current research in the field.

Special Education - Peabody's Department of Special Education is among the best in the nation. Combining theory, extensive field experience, and innovative practices, the program equips future teachers to assess and design programs for individuals with disabilities.

Child Studies - An interdisciplinary major with a broader focus than child development, child studies enables you to work with children outside of formal educational settings.

Cognitive Studies - If you are intrigued with the process of learning itself, this major will shed light on how people think, solve problems, and reason. The program frequently sends students on to graduate work in the social and behavioral sciences or areas such as medicine and law that place importance on inquiry and clear thinking.

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