Educational Studies

Program Goals

  • To develop skills in educating effectively in teaching, instructional design, coaching/mentoring, training, program planning and administration, and/or experiential educational settings
  • To develop understanding of how people learn
  • To develop understanding of how learning is shaped by settings, structures, and dynamics in ways which support students’ achievement of the college-wide learning goal of Global Consciousness, Social Responsibility, & Ethical Awareness
  • To develop written, oral, and visual communication skills
  • To develop reflective practitioners
  • To develop leaders who engage collaboratively with learners and relevant publics to build a shared vision and supportive professional culture focused on student learning
  • To develop critical, analytical, and integrative thinking skills


The program offers an academic major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Educational Studies. Graduates will be prepared to educate in one or more non-formal educational settings such as:

  • English-language programs in the US and in other countries
  • Residential programs
  • After-school and summer programs
  • Transitional school to work programs
  • Workplaces such as corporations and nonprofits
  • Higher education/student life
  • Non-formal settings such as museums, visitors’ centers, etc.
  • Educational programs for elders
  • Libraries
  • Private or nonprofit tutoring and educational coaching programs
  • Educational software or gaming companies
  • Experiential education including outdoor education, wilderness therapy programs, internship programs, and service learning
  • Educational policy and research centers

Graduates will be prepared for a variety of types of educational work that may include:

  • teaching
  • coaching/mentoring
  • instructional design
  • facilitation of experiential education processes
  • program planning and evaluation
  • administration of non-formal educational programs
  • research
  • policy-making

Students can select to complete foundations courses in Children/Youth or Adult Learning. All students complete foundations coursework, Engaging the World coursework, electives in a concentration/emphasis, and a Senior Thesis/Project.

NOTE: This major does not meet requirements for teacher licensure for K-12 school teaching. (See Elementary Education Major or Accelerated MAT for teacher licensure.)

Program Requirements

All students must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 cumulative GPA in education courses and have a minimum grade of C+ in all education courses. Education courses may only be repeated once.

Students considering the major are encouraged to meet with the program advisor as early as possible in their studies so that a program plan of coursework can be mapped.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements:

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper division hours
  • WCore requirements
Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Engaging the World Requirement  0-4
While the themes of diversity and cultural awareness run throughout the program, a specific cultural awareness requirement is also included to help our students become better educators of diverse student populations. This requirement may be met by successfully completing one of the following:

  1. A May term or SISL study experience approved by the School of Education
  2. A semester of study abroad approved by the School of Education
  3. Internship in a foreign country or other alternate placement approved by the School of Education
  4. On-campus 3-4 credit class that is approved to meet Engaging the World requirement.
II. Required Foundation Courses 4-6  
Take either:

  • EDUC 302 Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society (4)


  • EDUC 313 Theories of Adult Learning and Development (3) and
    EDUC 370 Intro to Adult Education  (3)
III. Senior Thesis or Project 12
EDUC 495 Senior Thesis/Project (4) EDUC 390 or
pre-/co-requisite: EDUC 440
Take either:

  • EDUC 440 Internship (8)


  • DATA 150 Data and Society (4) and
    EDUC 390 Educational Research Methods (4)

IV. Electives 38-44
Students select courses from this list, from other EDUC, SPED, or TESL courses, or courses from other programs with approval of advisor.
EDUC 200/300 Special Topics (1-4)
EDUC 201 Discovering Creativity Through Multiple Intelligences (2)
EDUC 205 Service Learning (2)
EDUC 252 Developmentally Appropriate Teaching and Learning (4)
EDUC 300 Special Topics (with advisor approval)
EDUC 300AA Autism (2)
EDUC 303 Teaching with Technology (1)
EDUC 305 Classroom Management (3)
EDUC 310 Learning Theory (3)
EDUC 320 Education in a Diverse Society (3)
EDUC 322 Serious Games, Gamification, and Beyond (3)
EDUC 334 Teaching Adults (3)
EDUC 335 Adult Education Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
EDUC 340 Methods of Teaching Secondary School World Languages (3)
EDUC 350 Environmental Education (3)
EDUC 352 Management of Nonprofit Organizations (4)
EDUC 353 Corporate Training (3)
EDUC 354 Administrative Leadership (3)
EDUC 356 Online Teaching and Learning (3)
EDUC 372 Instructional Technology (3)
EDUC 401 Directed Studies (1-4)
EDUC 440 Internship (1-8)
Special Education
SPED 303 Roles of the Special Educator (3)
SPED 308 Principles and Application of Special Education Assessment (3)
SPED 335 or 336 Mild/moderate or Severe Special Education Methods  K-6 (3)
SPED 340 or 341 Mild/moderate or Severe Special Education Methods 7-12 (3)
SPED 377 Facilitating Services Across Disciplines (3)
SPED 385 Behavioral Supports in Special Education (3)
Teaching English as a Second Language
TESL 320 English Learners, Family, and Community (3)
TESL 321 Foundations of TESL (3)
TESL 322 Language Acquisition (3)
TESL 323 Instructional Methods for English Learners (3)
TESL 324 Content Area Instruction for English Learners (3)
TESL 325 Assessment for English Learners (3)
Outdoor Education
HPW 310 Foundations and Techniques of Experiential Education (3)
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