Free-Choice Learning is about deciding what, where and how we want to learn over our lifetime. It's self-motivated learning that takes place all the time, outside of a classroom setting. 

Examples of Free-Choice Learning careers include working at nature centers, museums, national parks, zoos and aquariums, media companies, and more.

Free-Choice Learning


As the first and preeminent university program focused on Free-Choice Learning in the U.S., Oregon State University is directly impacting the practice of supporting learners of all ages and backgrounds in their quest for greater knowledge. OSU researchers are internationally recognized as leaders in Free-Choice Learning, informal education settings, and community engagement.  



Learn more about the Free-Choice Learning programs at OSU:

Master of Education (EdM) with an option in Free Choice Learning

PhD in Education with an option in Science or Math Education with a focus in Free Choice Learning

Museum and Free-Choice Learning/Informal Education Professional Certificate

Master Interpretive Guide Professional Certificate