About the Program
The educational studies major is for those interested in a career in the field of education but not necessarily classroom teaching. This major is a non-teaching licensure program that provides a strong background in educational theory, practice and research. Research is conducted and disseminated on varied educational aspects of teaching, learning, and human development through discovery, teaching and engagement activities. Sample signature areas of discovery include:
- Using assistive technology to support school-based and community-based instruction for students with special needs.
- Developing effective instructional strategies in mathematics problem solving for students with learning disabilities.
- Developing identification tools and pedagogical models for underserved gifted and talented populations including students with diverse cultural backgrounds and children who live in poverty.
- Supporting motivation for and learning of science in young children including children from diverse cultural backgrounds and those living in poverty.
- Supporting students’ psychological well-being (e.g., coping with death and dying, suicide prevention, multicultural issues, adult attachment).
The General Education: Educational Studies Plan of Study outlines the required courses to complete the degree. For more information about the degree program, visit the COE Office of Advising and Recruiting.
Degree Requirements and Supplemental Information
The full Program Requirements for 2016-17 Gen-Ed educational Studies include all Supplemental Information and selective lists of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. These are intended to be printer-friendly, but include less descriptive course detail.
Please see below for program requirements and the necessary degree fulfillments.
Credit Hours: 120
Education courses (EDCI, EDPS and EDST)
no grade lower than a “C-“
Departmental/Program Major Courses (30 credits)
Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (45-46 credits)
Select One Course: Aesthetic Awareness
Select Two Courses: Race, Ethnic & Cultural Diversity
Select One Group of Courses
(UCC: Quantitative Reasoning)
Electives (44-45 credits)
University Core Curriculum (UCC) Requirements
- Human Cultures Humanities
- Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
- Information Literacy
- Science #1
- Science #2
- Science, Technology & Society
- Written Communication
- Oral Communication
- Quantitative Reasoning
(See your advisor for other options in creating your GEES Educational Plan of Study.)
Spring 2nd Year
- EDST 20010 - Educational Policies And Laws **
- Aesthetic Awareness Choice - Credit Hours: 3.00
- UCC: Science, Technology & Society Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 *
- Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
Selective Requirement List for ENGL Literature
EDTB - Elementary Education
GECI - General Education: Curriculum & Instruction
GEES - General Education: Educational Studies
SPED - Special Education: Mild Intervention & Elementary Education
SSED - Social Studies Education
Acceptable Course List - English Literature - 3 credits
*= Satisfies a University Core Requirement
**= Education Courses - EDCI, EDPS and EDST (must earn a minimum grade of “C-“)
Criminal History Background Check and Student Self-Disclosure Statement
A current Criminal Background Check must be on file in the Office of Field Experiences (OFE). The Student Self-Disclosure Statement is submitted to OFE at the start of a Foundational course in which you complete a course-related field experience placement, EDCI 20500 or EDPS 23500 or EDPS 26500 . For additional information please visit http://www.education.purdue.edu/fieldexp/students/index.html.
120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Arts degree
A 2.80 Graduation GPA with a “C-” or better in education courses (EDCI, EDPS, and EDST) required
32 credit hours at the 30000 level or above required
(The General Education: Educational Studies major is not a licensure program.)
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Foreign Language Courses
Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program. For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:
American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.