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A degree in general education confers upon a student standard knowledge in a broad range of subjects. Students pursuing a general education degree will study a wide variety of topics. The degree is often used by individuals unsure of what major to pursue and is obtained at the associate level. Bachelor and master degrees are also available, though their purpose is more career oriented. Associate level degrees in general education provide students with the course work and knowledge necessary to transfer to a four year institution, at which point a student will declare their major.
A curriculum in general education may include:
Individuals pursuing higher level degrees may do so with the interest of pursuing a career in teaching. Bachelor degrees in general education offer study in a broad range of topics, and can be useful for educators who wish to be flexible in their ability to teach classes. A bachelor of general education will typically lead into a master of general education, which may cover requirements of licensure in certain states for elementary and secondary educators.
Additionally, a graduate degree in education can result in administrative positions. A master of general education can be useful for an educator who wishes to make the jump from teacher to administration. Since administrative positions in public school systems typically require a master's degree in a related field, general education can substitute for educational administration degrees, demonstrating a desire to focus on educational issues rather than administrative ones.
Careers with a degree in general education can vary, as many entry level positions require a degree rather than a specific degree. For individuals unsure of where their pursuits lie, even a bachelor's degree in general education can be useful for pursuing multiple career options. Due to the nature of the degree, graduate programs in social sciences and liberal arts may also be available.
Students interested in general education may also be interested in liberal arts or humanistic studies.