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.
120 Credits Required
Departmental/Program Major Courses (30 credits)
Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (45-46 credits)
- Aesthetic Awareness - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Race, Ethnic & Cultural Diversity Selective - Credit Hours: 6.00
- English Literature selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Foreign Language 20100 - Credit Hours: 3.00
- ENGL 10600 - First-Year Composition or
- ENGL 10800 - Accelerated First-Year Composition
- HIST 10400 - Introduction To The Modern World (satisfies Human Cultures Humanities for core) or
- HIST 10500 - Survey Of Global History (satisfies Human Cultures Humanities for core)
- HIST 15100 - American History To 1877 (satisfies Human Cultures Humanities for core) or
- HIST 15200 - United States Since 1877 (satisfies Human Cultures Humanities for core)
- MA 13700 - Mathematics For Elementary Teachers I
- MA 13800 - Mathematics For Elementary Teachers II
- Quantitative Reasoning - Credit Hours: 6.00
- Quantitative Reasoning - Credit Hours: 3.00 and
- STAT 11300 - Statistics And Society
- Oral Communication - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Science, Technology & Society - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Science Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 (any course in ASTR, BIOL, BTNY, CHM, EAPS, ENTM, HORT, NRES, PHYS)
- Science - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Science - Credit Hours: 3.00 (laboratory science)
Electives (44-45 credits)
- Electives - Credit Hours: 44.00-45.00
University Core Requirements
- Human Cultures Humanities
- Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
- Information Literacy
- Science #1
- Science #2
- Science, Technology, and Society
- Written Communication
- Oral Communication
- Quantitative Reasoning
For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
Spring 2nd Year
- EDST 20010 - Educational Policies And Laws **Foundational Course; Must be 3.00 Credit Hours for Non-Licensed Majors
- Aesthetic Awareness selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Science, Technology & Society selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- ** Education Courses - EDCI, EDPS and EDST (must earn a minimum grade of “C-“)
- A 2.8 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.
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
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