Educational Studies Major/Noncertification Program
The educational studies major provides a foundation that is appropriate for students who may choose to enter a teacher certification program at the graduate level as well as for students who may later wish to embark upon other careers in education. The major is also appropriate for students who intend to pursue graduate study in other areas such as law or business but who need a comprehensive understanding of the complexity of educational issues in order to contribute to meaningful decision making in their professional and private lives. Graduates of this program do not meet the requirements for teacher certification.
Requirements for Major
The BA degree program consists of a minimum of ten courses (forty hours). Educational Studies 201 (American Education) is required.
Five Breadth Courses: The purpose of the breadth requirement is to insure that all majors acquire systematic knowledge in what we view as five central areas. Consequently all majors must take at least one course from each of the following five areas: Psychological Contest of Education, Social Context of Education, Cultural Context of Education, Historical/Philosophical Context of Education, and Methods of Disciplined Inquiry.
Four Elective Courses: Students must take additional four courses to complete the major. These courses will be selected in consultation with the student’s adviser. The faculty values development of individualized programs that may include study abroad, off-campus internships, and other appropriate experiences in an educational context. Course taken to meet the requirements for the BA may not be taken under the S/U option. A “C” average or better must be maintained in the courses for the major to fulfill graduation requirements.