Undergraduate Catalog: 2019-20

Educational Studies BA

The B.A. in Educational Studies is designed to appeal to a broad student body audience, from internal major changers to transfer students to first-year freshmen. There is sufficient flexibility in the program to accommodate students’ needs to complete a major, while at the same time equipping students with a knowledge and skill base that has utility in the job market. Field experiences in B.A. Educational Studies will mirror those of B.S. degree students, but will occur in educational settings outside the conventional PK-12 classroom. The B.A. in Educational Studies will provide, purposeful higher education track for students in pursuit of non-licensing, yet service-oriented, career paths. In lieu of traditional public and private school teaching, the field experiences offered to Educational Studies majors equip them to pursue educational positions in community agencies, healthcare institutions, and religious organizations.

Accreditation

Teacher education programs are accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the undergraduate Educational Studies program candidates will demonstrate proficiencies that enable them to:

  • Apply a variety of pedagogical strategies to develop clients’ deep understanding of knowledge and application of skills
  • Recognize patterns of learning and developmental diversity that guide design and implementation of appropriately challenging curriculum and learning experiences, both in inclusive and non-inclusive settings
  • Understand diversity in cultures and communities that impact clients’ learning
  • Create learning environments that motivate clients’ individual and collaborative learning and positive social interaction
  • Understand content disciplines that guide creation of mastery-level learning experiences for clients
  • Engage clients by connecting concepts and using different perspectives to collaboratively problem solve through critical and creative thinking approaches
  • Understand and use multiple assessment methods to monitor clients’ learning progress

Licensure

Educational Studies students are not eligible for a teaching license. However, all other USF Education programs have been revised to conform to State of Indiana REPA licensing criteria.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts: Educational Studies requires 120 credit hours, which includes:

  • 36 credit hours of Education courses
  • Choice of a concentration in Professionals Skills for the Independent Sector or Advisor Approved Minor(s) or Advisor Approved Double Major
  • 47-50 credit hours in general education
  • Elective courses to reach 120 credit hours

Program of Studies

  • 36 credit hours of required Education courses: SPED 137, EDUC 108, EDUC 105, EDUC 207, EDUC 208, EDUC 303, EDUC 304, EDUC 356, EDUC 396, EDUC 412, EDUC 494, EDUC 498, and PSYC 339
  • 47-50 credit hours in general education
  • Elective courses to reach 120 credit hours

Admissions Requirements

Educational Studies majors must complete the following requirements to progress through the Educational Studies program. These requirements constitute Progression Point 1:

  • EDUC 108, EDUC 207, and SPED 137 with grades of C- or better
  • Maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5
  • Achieve successful Field Evaluation scores in EDUC 207
  • Clearance of National Sex Offender check
  • Submit proof of 10 hours of Service Engagement
  • Complete Professional Development requirements

Progression Requirements

The following requirements constitute Progression Point 2 for Educational Studies majors:

  • Meet Progression Point 1 requirements
  • Maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5
  • Earn a Professional GPA of 2.5
  • Submit the completed Application for Clinical Internship
  • Clearance of National Sex Offender check
  • Achieve successful Field Evaluations in EDUC 304
  • Submit proof of 30 hours of Service Engagement
  • Complete Professional Development requirements
  • Submit the completed Application for Community-Based Internship
  • Submit an Expanded Criminal History check and Authorization Form

Graduation Requirements

The following requirements constitute Progression Point 3 for Educational Studies majors:

  • Maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5
  • Maintain a Professional GPA of 2.5
  • Proof of a total of 40 hours of Service Engagement
  • Complete Professional Development requirements