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Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies Courses

Curriculum Details

48 credit hours required in the major

The fully online curriculum in the bachelor’s degree in educational studies includes a core focused on foundational topics like classroom technology, child growth and development, and positive behavior support. Student teaching is built into the curriculum through a supervised field experience in an organized setting serving children ages birth through 18.

Every student also chooses an emphasis in early childhood or elementary education to specialize their studies for their professional interests and career goals.

*If students select the Elementary Education Emphasis, they will select 15 credits of the following list.

Core Required Courses


An introduction to early childhood, elementary, and secondary education for students interested in teaching. Students will explore their potential for teaching in light of admission criteria and licensure requirements. Includes study of historical and social foundations of education; topics such as inquiry into the teaching and learning process, schools in a multicultural and diverse society, the profession of teaching; principles of cooperative group learning; and cultural differences, communication, and stereotyping. Fifteen hours of field experience is included.

The focus of this course is educational uses of technology. Students will explore computer applications as tools for their own learning, as well as the ethics of electronic communications, and will begin developing a Teacher Education portfolio using LiveText software.

This course provides information on the various exceptionalities and facilitates understanding of the basic special needs education services provided to children with disabilities, and includes gifted and talented. Topics include federal and state mandates, planning with parents, team approaches, teaching methodologies, and curriculum modifications and adaptations. A portfolio, reflective journal, and field experience will assist students in valuing diversity and inclusion.

A course in theories of behavior, functional behavior assessment, and the laws, policies, and ethical principles regarding the planning and implementation of positive behavior supports for students with challenging behavior.

Provide education teacher candidates an understanding of the principles of effective classroom management and an opportunity to use a range of strategies to promote positive relationships, cooperation, and purposeful learning in the classroom; grow in their knowledge on how to create learning environments that contribute to the self-esteem of all persons and to positive interpersonal relations, establish a positive climate in the classroom and participate in maintaining a positive climate in the school as a whole. Participants will professionally grow in their development of skills necessary to lead with confidence, compassion, creativeness and commitment and team planning and teaching with multi-age grouping for K – 6 diverse learners. Teacher candidates cooperatively plan and teach content and skill objectives during a special two-day clinical lab experience in a K – 6 setting with diverse learners.

The Positive Classroom and Behavior Management Strategies for the Special Education Classroom course will focus on specific classroom management styles congruent with inclusive and culturally responsive classrooms. It will also focus on learning strategies to effectively manage and teach students who exhibit high behavioral needs in a proactive, positive manner. Teacher candidates cooperatively plan and teach content and skill objectives during a field experience/lab in a birth – age 21 setting with diverse learners.

This course is designed to introduce TESL teacher candidates to fundamental theories in the field of teaching ESL. The course builds a foundation of understanding of English learners and topics impacting the academic experiences of language minority students in the United States. TESL teacher candidates will participate in a 15 hour lab field experience with focus on culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

The required preparation includes two years of HS foreign language or one year of foreign language in a post-secondary setting.

This is an introductory study of child growth and development from conception through adolescence with a concentration on the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional domains of development. Emphasis areas of the course include: historical foundations and theories associated with the study of child development, the research process, the implications of teaching and learning, student diversity and pertinent topics associated with the possible effect of environment and behavior on prenatal development through adolescence.

The course acquaints students with the basic theories, methods of study, and research findings on children’s and adolescents behavior and cognition. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking about claims made in this area.

Covers concepts and ideas which enable students to recognize and identify oppression, discrimination, and racism, along with learning techniques for building a community of teachers and learners in a pluralistic society with its great variety of cultures, value systems, and life styles. Includes study of American Indian language, history, government and culture.

Causes and consequences of prejudice, discrimination, and segregation; relationships of ethnic, racial, and religious minorities to dominant categories in the United States and globally; remedial programs to reduce racial, ethnic, and religious tensions.

Students will complete an extended supervised field experience in an organized setting serving children ages Birth – 18.

Course is repeatable up to 12 credits.

Early Childhood Emphasis


Exploration of parent-child relationships within diverse family and cultural settings. Examination of parenting styles, attitudes, and behaviors and their effects on children’s development.

Emphasis will be on constructivist approaches to hands-on creative activities, expressive arts, and discovery learning for young children that is inclusive. Facilitating children’s development through planning implementing, and evaluating learning experiences in the visual arts, music, movement, dance, and dramatic play will be the heart of this integrated curriculum course. A lab experience is included.

The course focuses on various developmentally appropriate and best curricula in the field of early childhood education in which instructional strategies, theories of curriculum development, and integrated curriculum for traditional/thematic types, to newer experimental and/or research-based models are explored. Approaches to anti-bias curriculum and inclusion of all children will be studied. A lab experience is included.

This course develops a framework for establishing and maintaining high quality programs for infants and toddlers and their families. Students will develop techniques for care giving, facilitating learning, and assessment that are developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive. Attention to infants and toddlers with special needs is included.

This course is a study of children’s literature at pre-primary, kindergarten, and elementary levels, with emphasis on diversity.

Trauma prevention study and medically approved application techniques of administering emergency care in case of trauma due to accidents or sudden illness.

This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of health, safety, and nutritional issues of the child from birth to grade three in preparation for a profession of working with children. The prenatal environment and its impact on the health of the individual will be given great emphasis.

Students will explore food sanitation and safety procedures affecting the individual, the operation, and the facility.

Elementary Education Emphasis*


This is the mathematics content course for elementary education majors, which focuses on the content areas that must be taught at the elementary school level. Topics include problem solving, numeracy, discrete math, probability, statistics, and geometry. An understanding of the underlying mathematical concepts is developed to allow students to master the associated mathematical procedures.

Note: For the BS in Educational Studies program, students may take either take MATH 129 or ED 418 to fulfill the requirement.

In order to teach young children it is necessary to be familiar with patterns of growth concerning physical, mental, social, emotional, and aesthetic development of this age group. And to know both methods and materials is essential in order to create a living/learning environment where children can experience the best possible educational program. This course requires a 15-hour field experience.

Note: For the BS in Educational Studies program, students may take either take MATH 129 or ED 418 to fulfill the requirement.

This course is a study of children’s literature at pre-primary, kindergarten, and elementary levels, with emphasis on diversity.

A study in methods and materials of music and techniques and principles of musical education in the elementary grades. Content includes a study of the fundamentals of music with applications for the elementary classroom. The course is designed for Elementary Education majors, non-music majors.

A course for students interested in learning to stimulate children’s creative visual expression. It is organized to develop insight into children’s expression as well as understanding and discovering their environment. Basic art concepts, motivations, developmental characteristics, and curriculum are also presented.

The Elementary School Health Education course explores the science of health and art of teaching health. The course will focus on health content, with a special emphasis on drug education. The course will also focus on the development of social skills in the context of health education. Students will gain knowledge and understanding to formulate appropriate teaching strategies in order to promote healthy behavior and reduce risky behaviors of the elementary school student.
This course is designed for elementary education majors. The student will understand and apply movement concepts and principles to the learning and development of motor skills. They will also learn skills and strategies for incorporating games and activities into the elementary curriculum.

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