Community Education (B.A.)
Students who are interested in working in community-based organizations that engage a variety of educational services to our youth should pursue a major in Community Education.
The College of Arts and Sciences at Trinity Washington University offers a non-licensure, bachelor of arts degree in Community Education. A community education major supports Trinity’s mission to provide a strong foundation in liberal arts coupled with professional preparation through internship and service-learning projects in the D.C. metro area. This 39-credit community education curriculum blends education courses with social science and humanities disciplines such as psychology, sociology, human relations, and business administration to cultivate insight and equipt students with the skillsets to educate, engage, and empower our youth.
As a student in the Community Education program, you will:
- Gain real-world experience interning in non-profit or community-based organizations
- Understand content related to administrative practices in community education
- Develop research skills for use in program planning, policy analysis, and evaluation
As a community education scholar, students can take electives in the following recommended clusters to pursue an area of interest:
- Early Childhood Development
- Teaching and Learning in the Community
- Special Education Advocacy
- Equity and Diversity
Featured CoursesEDCM 301 Education in the CommunityThis course will introduce students to the various ways education of children takes place within community settings. The community is an integral part of a child?s life and can impact a child?s development and education in many ways. This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn about asset-based community development and the impact strong communities have on families, children, and youth. Students will explore local communities and learn about a variety of community organizations that work in the field of education. EDCM 302 Service Learning in Community EducationThis course will introduce students to service learning as a pedagogy for educating students in the community. This course will explore the history of service learning and civic engagement with an emphasis on youth organizing for social justice. Students will conduct research, learn how to advocate, and design service learning projects. EDCM 401 Internship Education CommunityProvides students with a semester-long internship with a community-based organization that provides education for children birth to 18-years old. Students will complete a minimum of 200-hours of on-site internship work a by attending two or three times a week for 10 weeks. Students must take EDCM 420 Research Seminar in Community Education when they take the internship. EDCM 402 Internship in Community Education IIProvides students with a semester-long internship with a community-based organization that provides education for children birth to 18-years old. Students will complete a minimum of 100-hours of on-site internship work a by attending two or three times a week for 10 weeks.
Prerequisites: EDCM 401 and EDCM 420 EDCM 420 Research Seminar in Community EducationThis seminar is a companion to and taken concurrently with Internship in Community Education. In this culminating learning experience, interns will share, examine and reflect upon the internship experience as they explore the various opportunities for community education. Interns will also learn the fundamentals of community-based research and design a community research project. Interns will focus on career planning and development along with the production of a resume and cover letter.
What can I do with this degree?
Students in the Community Education program can go on to work in a variety of programs such as:
Community Service Programs
Family Literacy Programs
Our Community Education students gain real-world experiences:
Neighborhood Tutoring Program