Educational Studies (BA)


School of Education/Teacher Education Department

Program Description

The educational studies major focuses on both the art and science of teaching across a broad range of contexts.  The influence of philosophy, sociology and psychology are examined to understand their impact on education in today's world.  This degree does not lead to teacher certification but focuses on a scholarly examination of learning and learning environments in P-12 classrooms as well as informal educational settings.  This major is also appropriate for individuals interested in pursuing a double major in a related field.  

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate familiarity with the major philosophical and sociological perspectives concerning schooling
  • understand and apply principles of developmental psychology to learners in formal and informal educational settings
  • demonstrate familiarity with current issues in education
  • understand and use research to evaluate educational practices
  • explore options for applying their educational knowledge and skills in professional/occupational pursuits

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Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 36 Required credit hours
  • Applicable university global citizenship or general education program hours
  • Electives

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Required Courses

  • EDUC 2900 Education of Students with Exceptionalities (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3100 Learning, Teaching and Assessment (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3150 Education in a Diverse Society (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3155 Early Diversity Practicum (1 hour)
  • EDUC 4650 Senior Overview (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4620 Educational Internship (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4600 Education Research (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2050 Philosophy of Education (3 hours)

One of the following:

  • EDUC 2070 Child Development (3 hours)
  • EDUC 2080 Early Adolescent Development (3 hours)
  • EDUC 2120 Adolescent Development (3 hours)
  • PSYC 2200 Child Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 2250 Adolescent Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 2300 Lifespan Development (3 hours)

Professional elective courses:

EDUC courses at the 3000 level or higher to complete credits as determined with an advisor.

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Special Requirements

The degree requires 128 hours. Transfer students must take at least 18 credit hours of education classes at Webster University in order to earn this degree. Courses completed with a grade below C- do not count toward fulfilling the specific course requirements of the major. A grade of B or better is required for EDUC 3150 and EDUC 3155. The pass/fail option is not available for courses that students wish to apply toward their major or toward their general education requirements. A GPA of 3.0 is required for courses in the major and an overall GPA of 2.5 is required.

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