Note: This is a professional specialization pathway taken as part of the undergraduate major, the BS in Education & Human Development

Who is this program for? 

The Educational Design for Transformative Social Futures is for undergraduate students who are interested in becoming creative, innovative educational designers who collaborate with communities, families, youth and educators to transform education across a range of settings. You’ll learn to integrate critical theory, collaborate with others on design-centered research projects, and have access to community and field apprenticeships.

What you’ll learn

This specialization prepares you to be an educational designer who thinks expansively, grapples with complex questions, integrates theory and practice, and develops programs and products that foster justice and dignity. You will learn about educational design approaches that address complex challenges in education and beyond and to work in collaboration with others to cultivate spaces for social connectedness, critical insight, and expansive learning.

Sample Courses for the Educational Design for Transformative Social Futures Specialization

  • Critical Making/Creative Inquiry 
  • Gamifying Learning 
  • Critical Media Literacy 
  • Field-Based Practicum Experience
  • Practicum  (4 cr.)
  • Capstone: Designing in Collaboration with Field-Based Sites 

Possible Master’s Degree Options: MA in Ed Policy Studies; EdM in Education for Democracy & Equity

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The undergraduate admissions process is managed by the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Please visit the admissions website to get started on your application to Boston University.

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