Frequently asked questions

1. What is the difference between the Education Studies Scholars program and the Education Studies Certificate?

  • The YES Scholars program is a selective, cohort program with an emphasis on community learning and research through the senior capstone project. Yale students apply to the Scholars program in the fall of their sophomore or junior year after taking EDST 110 Foundations in Education Studies. Accepted students learn in community with their cohort of 25 Scholars through taking several courses together culminating in the senior capstone. They are closely mentored over multiple years by Yale Education Studies faculty.
  • The YES Certificate is a course-work based program allowing students to develop expertise in Education Studies, but without committing to a final capstone research project. The YES Certificate is a good option for students who have other significant curricular committments (such as a double major) and want an individualized experience, separate from being part of a learning community of fellow students. The Certificate is available to students from the class of 2022 onwards. 

2. Does Yale have a major in Education Studies?

Yale’s Education Studies program is an interdisciplinary program based in the Yale College Dean’s Office. It does not offer a major. Yale students with education interests have the opportunity to apply for the Education Studies Scholars program or complete the Education Studies Certificate.

3. Does Yale offer teacher certification?

The Education Studies program does not include teacher certification. A number of Yale students pursue careers in teaching after graduation through enrolling in a teacher preparation master’s program or an alternative certification route to teaching.

4. Does Yale offer graduate programs in education?

Graduate students can enroll in Education Studies courses with permission of their division or school. There are no Yale graduate degrees in Education Studies.

5. When can I apply to the Yale EDST program?

Current Yale students begin by enrolling in EDST 110 Foundations in Education Studies, offered every fall. Students can apply for the Scholars program in the fall of their sophomore year (and in special circumstances in their junior year.)

As soon as a Yale student enrolls in EDST 110, they may apply to participate in the EDST Certificate. 

6. If I start completing an EDST Certificate and I decide I want to apply to the YES Scholars program, can I change?

Yes. Students will ultimately participate in only one program, the Certificate or the Scholars program.

7. Can courses that I take for the Scholars program or the Certificate be counted for my major as well? 

A total of 2 courses may pontentially overlap between your major and the Scholars program or the YES Certificate.

8. What careers do Yale Education Studies scholars pursue after graduation?

Given the interdisciplinary focus of Yale’s Education Studies program, scholars pursue a wide range of education-related careers after graduation. In the last few years, roughly three quarters of Education Studies scholars have gone into teaching in the US or overseas, pursuing graduate study in education law or policy, working for education think tanks or foundations, founding schools, writing children’s books or working in education journalism and technology. 

For additional questions, please email Executive Director and DUS Dr. Mira Debs,