This program gives you the opportunity to identify a path towards teacher or school counselor licensure and other careers in the human sciences.









Example Freshman Schedule


  • English
  • Math 
  • Science 
  • First-year Experience for Pre-Education and Human Sciences, Undecided  
  • Elective 

What You'll Study

This program gives you the opportunity to identify a path to prepare for teacher or school counselor licensure and other careers in the human sciences. While the program is not degree granting, you will explore different ideas, majors, topics, and paths to careers in education and human sciences. You may participate in Pre-Education Advising and be assigned a dedicated advisor who will work with you to explore your strengths, interests, and state requirements for teacher and counselor preparation before choosing the right major. Your course schedule will be created individually and tailored to your interests while fulfilling general education requirements. You have up to one or two years to explore but most students declare a major much sooner.

At Virginia Tech, the route to teacher licensure includes earning a degree and pursuing graduate school in education. The pre-education and human sciences, undecided option offers a good pathway to select a major and prepare for graduate school for students interested in teaching grades K-6. While this option is also open to students interested in teaching grades 7-12, you may also select the major in the subject you intend to teach. For instance, major in history to complete the required courses in the discipline and prepare to pursue the graduate program in education.

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What is an Undecided Option in Pre-Education and Human Sciences?

An advisor will help you select a major and  guide you towards completing teacher licensure requirements, exploring career paths in the human sciences, and preparing for field work in a local school or other professional settings. 

Why Study Pre-Education and Human Sciences Here?

At Virginia Tech, we offer a route to completing your undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years. This path leads to becoming a highly qualified educator and our graduates find jobs across the state and the world. The option also gives you time to learn more about the variety of careers in the human sciences.

Beyond the Classroom


Talk to a professor about designing your own research project or investigating a topic that interests you. You'll work closely with a faculty mentor to plan a course of action, discuss your findings, and write a report. You can also participate in field study where you assist a faculty member with their research project.

Get Classroom Experience

Completeing a field study in a classroom or with a school couselor is a great way to get experience and learn more about education as a profession.  You will have the opportunity to enroll in a course that places you at a local elementary, middle, or high school.


Come With Us!

Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to connect with a different culture, experience new ways of thinking, and explore new places, all while gaining unique understanding and perspectives. Over 1,300 students study abroad each year, going on faculty-led trips, enrolling in international programs, or studying at partner universities.




Our faculty has a mix of  teaching and research scholars who are experts in education and human sciences. Whether your interests are in a career as a teacher, school counselor, practitioner, or going on to get a Ph.D., we have a mentor for you. 


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