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B.A. Educational Studies

Fast Facts: Educational Studies Major

  • Non-licensure program for students pursuing alternative educational careers.
  • Provides foundational skills that focus on developing and applying fundamental teaching and learning practices to a variety of settings.
  • Appropriate for those interested in working with learners in any of the following settings: business, public sector, alternative education, childcare, recreation centers, non-profit organizations, health and human services, counseling, social work and career services.

Program Requirements

Major: 39 credits

St. Scholastica offers a flexible design and personalization of coursework focus. Students will take credits in teaching methods and upper level School of Education or relevant coursework.

Careers

Educational studies majors have a diverse selection of career fields from which to choose. These may include the following:

  • Corporate training and development
  • Youth program directors
  • Early childhood education and program administration
  • Alternative education
  • Career service professionals
  • Religious education
  • Mission work
  • Preparation for advanced study in other fields

Pair with a language

Boost your brain power and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse EDU 1540 - Introduction to Teaching

Introduces schooling, teaching and the foundations of education. The major purpose is to help students clarify their thoughts and feelings about becoming a teacher. Topics include teachers, students, schools, teaching, curriculum, instruction, school governance, school finance, history of U.S. education, philosophy of education.

Expand and Collapse EDU 2210 - Educational Psychology/Needs of Learners

Examines children’s cognitive, social, moral, and emotional development as a function of their social and cultural context: the school. The course introduces theories of intelligence, learning, memory, motivation, and behavior. Application of theory to practice is emphasized, with a focus on critical thinking, metacognition, models of instruction, and classroom management approaches.

Expand and Collapse EDU 3100 - Teaching for Inclusion & Equity

Develop intercultural knowledge and competence for culturally responsive professional practices. Concepts of culture, identity, race, sexuality, power and privilege are examined through concrete learning tasks and course readings to enhance students’ ability to participate in the reconstruction of schools, communities and national assumptions about equity. Course readings and assignments provide students with opportunities to recognize inequity, respond to inequity, redress inequity and develop equitable practices to enhance and sustain equity. Students develop understanding that enhances their capacity to act on the idea that individually and collectively they can help change the world from poverty, discrimination and injustice to a world marked by equal access, equitable opportunities and respect for our shared humanity.

Expand and Collapse EDU 3250 - Introduction to Special Education

Addresses teachers’ roles in educating children and youth with disabilities. Students examine the social construction of disability, disability legislation; rights and responsibilities of parents, educators, and students; and universal design for learning. Topics include historical and theoretical frameworks and legal mandates that have shaped the current field of special education, as well as the needs and characteristics of individuals with disabilities. This course contains a field requirement.

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