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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Learning Sciences in Educational Studies, BA (non-licensure)

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About the Program

The Educational Studies Learning Sciences major is a non-licensure baccalaureate program that is designed to develop advanced knowledge and application of the science of learning in diverse educational settings and contexts. Graduates will learn to design and implement creative learning environments that:

  • Are based on current theoretical knowledge and research on best practices
  • Incorporate technological innovations in teaching and learning
  • Support learning in both formal and informal settings such as schools, museums, and community settings
  • Employ the principles of design-based educational research to study and evaluate educational practices and outcomes in formal and informal settings.

The program provides cross-disciplinary training, integrating knowledge across the fields of cognitive science, educational psychology, measurement and research methodology, sociology, and anthropology, curriculum and instruction. Graduates will receive strong training in designbased research methodologies and will be required to participate in structured practicum and internship experiences throughout their program. All students will be required to complete a capstone project for their graduation portfolio.

The Learning Sciences in 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 Learning Sciences in EDST  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.

Program: EDUC-BA
Code: LSED
Credit Hours: 120
Education courses (EDCI, EDPS and EDST)
no grade lower than a “C-“

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (42 credits)

Electives (5-6 credits)

(Specialize in a specific content area to develop a strong content expertise in a related discipline (e.g., math, science, technology, literacy)

University Core Curriculum (UCC) Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science Selective
  • Science Selective
  • Science, Technology & Society Selective
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Program Requirements

(See your advisor for other options in creating your LSED Educational Plan of Study.)

Fall 1st Year

15 Credits

Spring 1st Year

15-16 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

15 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

15 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

15 Credits

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

14-15 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, EDPS 23500  or EDPS 26500 . For additional information please visit


120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Arts degree

A 2.00 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 Learning Sciences in Educational Studies major is not a licensure program.)

Degree Requirement

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

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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

Critical Course

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.

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