YES Programs

The Yale Education Studies program offers Yale undergraduates two different pathways to study education across Yale’s liberal arts curriculum and develop expertise in the research, policy and practice of education. 

  • 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 scholar program in the fall of their sophomore or junior year after taking EDST 110 Foundations in Education Studies. Accepted students are part of a community of 25 students who learn together over the next two and a half years. Scholars complete six course credits including EDST 110, EDST 261 seminar for new students and EDST 400 & 410 the senior capstone. They are closely mentored over multiple years by Yale Education Studies faculty.
  • The YES Certificate is a five-credit course-work based program allowing students to develop expertise in Education Studies. The Certificate is available to students from the class of 2022 onwards.  Students may join the certificate any time after enrolling in EDST 110. 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.

Please note that though neither program is a teacher-prep program that certifies students to teach after graduation, the Scholars and Certificate are both listed on the Yale transcript at graduation, and many Yale students go on to pursue careers in education.


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