The Bachelor of Science in Education in Educational Studies (B.S.E.) is a customizable degree for all students within the College of Education and Health Professions. It focuses on the general theory and practice of learning and teaching. This degree, in itself, does not include licensure. Students completing this program will have the cognitive ability to apply teaching strategies to a variety of employers such as private sector businesses, nonprofit organizations and community agencies. With additional training and licensure, students can also work in school settings.

Educational Studies (EDST) requirements

University Core (State Minimum Core) *35
General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103) 1
Educational Base Courses45
Introduction to Education
The Physical Education Profession: An Overview
Survey of Exceptionalities
Classroom Learning Theory
Acquiring a Second Language
Understanding Cultures in the Classroom
Legal & Historical Developments in Education
Multicultural Education Issues
American Educational History
Children's & Young Adult Literature in Educational Settings
Philosophy and Inquiry in Education
Teaching and Funding Outdoor & Informal Education
Religion, Education, & Religious Education
The Helping Relationship
Classroom Human Relations Skills
Literacy in America
Introduction to Communicative Disorders
Terminology for the Health Professions
Leisure and Society
Introduction to Social Work
Rural Families and Communities
Career Development
Human Diversity and Social Work
Contemporary Issues in Juvenile Justice
Child Welfare: 21st Century Perspectives
Experiential Courses9
Internship in Educational Studies
Internship in Educational Studies
Capstone Seminar and Final Internship in Education
Elective Hours
Upper Level Electives 215
Lower Level Electives 216
Total Hours120

Educational Studies B.S.E. Eight-Semester Plan

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy for university requirements of the program.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013)3  
Mathematics Core3  
Science Core w/lab4  
Social Science Core3  
Fine Arts/Humanities Core3  
CIED 1013 Introduction to Education
or PHED 1003 The Physical Education Profession: An Overview
  3
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023)  3
Social Science Core  3
Humanities/Fine Arts Core  3
Lower Level Elective1  2
Year Total: 16 14
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
PSYC 2003 General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103)3  
Science Core with lab4  
History Core3  
Lower Level Electives15  
ENGL 2173 Literacy in America  3
CDIS 2253 Introduction to Communicative Disorders
or PBHL 2663 Terminology for the Health Professions
or RESM 2853 Leisure and Society
or HDFS 2603 Rural Families and Communities
or SCWK 2133 Introduction to Social Work
  3
Lower Level Electives1  9
Year Total: 15 15
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
EDST 3113 Legal & Historical Developments in Education3  
CNED 3053 The Helping Relationship
or CNED 4003 Classroom Human Relations Skills
3  
CIED 3033 Classroom Learning Theory3  
EDST 3203 Multicultural Education Issues3  
EDST 3333 Children's & Young Adult Literature in Educational Settings3  
EDST 3023 Internship in Educational Studies  3
EDST 3223 American Educational History  3
CIED 3023 Survey of Exceptionalities  3
EDST 4113 Teaching and Funding Outdoor & Informal Education  3
Upper Level Elective2  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
EDST 3023 Internship in Educational Studies3  
EDST 4213 Religion, Education, & Religious Education3  
CIED 4413 Acquiring a Second Language
or CIED 4403 Understanding Cultures in the Classroom
3  
HRWD 3123 Career Development
or SCWK 3193 Human Diversity and Social Work
or SCWK 3233 Contemporary Issues in Juvenile Justice
or SCWK 3633 Child Welfare: 21st Century Perspectives
3  
Upper Level Elective23  
EDST 4013 Capstone Seminar and Final Internship in Education (Includes 90 hours of internship requirements.)3  3
EDST 4003 Philosophy and Inquiry in Education  3
Upper Level Electives2  9
Year Total: 15 15
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120

Courses

EDST 2003. Introduction to Educational Studies. 3 Hours.

The course explores the field of education through the lens of educational studies, a unique interdisciplinary association of looking at education as a function of society, psychology, politics, religion, and economic interests. This course introduces non-education field students to the difference between the various fields of study within education, including, but not limited to: instruction, curriculum, comparative education, multicultural education, informal education, content education, pedagogy, education policy, support services, and community education. No field observation hours are required for this course.

EDST 3003. Formative Readings for Cultural Education. 3 Hours.

This course examines some of the historically important readings stemming from identification of the America Reads project produced by the Library of Congress (2014-2016). Special attention will be devoted to the understanding of the relevance of these historical documents and texts to the American identity. The course will focus on the role education plays in the creation of the current society through cultural transmission. The role of education through public schooling in the formations of citizens has been historically documented and deemed necessary under American political thought. This course is constructed to establish linkages of educational trends in the promotion of literacy and the popularization of popular cultural literature of the 18th, 19th, and 20th century that has shaped the social, economic, environmental, and political landscape that a citizen may navigate over their lifetime.

EDST 3023. Internship in Educational Studies. 3 Hours.

The internship is a prearranged onsite work experience serving in an educationally related field. Internships my be served at a variety of public or private based educational services or agencies. The internship experience must include a minimum number of practical work hours (120), reflective journaling, mid-semester evaluation, and final report. All arrangements for internships should be coordinated through the COEHP Office of Field Placement must be approved prior to the start of the semester by the Educational Studies program coordinator and Director of Field Placement. State of Arkansas background checks may be required for individuals completing internships at locations serving populations of minors. Prerequisite: Junior standing and EDSTBS majors only. May be repeated for up to 9 hours of degree credit.

EDST 3113. Legal & Historical Developments in Education. 3 Hours.

This lecture provides an overview of issues in the field of education coming out of political and legal developments in the United States over the last two centuries. Special interest is paid to educational legislation, case law, and global comparative education.

EDST 3203. Multicultural Education Issues. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to give pre-service educators an opportunity to explore various facets of multiculturalism and their implications for future practice. We will examine the impact of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and other aspects of social group identities on teaching and learning as they relate to contexts in multiple learning environments. While this course is broad in scope, the primary aim is to assist future educators in exploring what it means to be an educator in a society that is multicultural, within a vast educational system (public and private) which is stratified according to multiple factors. Students should not be in enrolled in EDST 3203 & CIED 4403 during the same semester.

EDST 3223. American Educational History. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to offer a comprehensive study of the history of the American education system. Students completing this course will be able to document the diverse and often competing influences into what has become the public school structure, as well as, the second system of American schools, parochial schools, arising out of the schooling conflict of the 1880's. Starting with the development of literacy skills and the formation of township or colony schools, the linage of schooling will be investigated from the late 1600's to the present time.

EDST 3333. Children's & Young Adult Literature in Educational Settings. 3 Hours.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of children's, adolescent, and young adult literature across educational settings, both formal and informal. Picture books, novels, informational texts, and the novelization of movies and vice versa for children and adolescent audiences will be explored. This course is not part of the K-6 license program.

EDST 399V. Special Topics in Educational Studies. 1-3 Hour.

Discussion and advanced studies on selected topics in educational studies. Special focus on recent and emerging topics in education. Junior (3000) level course offerings. Course may be repeated only for unique topic enrollments. May be repeated for up to 15 hours of degree credit.

EDST 399VH. Honors Special Topics in Educational Studies. 1-3 Hour.

Discussion and advanced studies on selected topics in educational studies. Special focus on recent and emerging topics in education. Junior (3000) level course offerings. Each offering of EDST 399VH must be unique. Student may not repeat the same topic for degree credit multiple times. May be repeated for up to 15 hours of degree credit.

EDST 4003. Philosophy and Inquiry in Education. 3 Hours.

This course provides a review of philosophical ideas in education and an introduction to research, methodologies, foundation theories in education. Students explore historical ideas in philosophy pertaining to education and how those ideas contribute to current educational practices. Students in the course learn about the nature of research, both theoretical and applied, and the process of developing future research based agendas. Prerequisite: (EDST 3113 and EDST 4113) OR (PHIL 2003, PHIL 2103, PHIL 2203 and HIST 2003, HIST 2013).

EDST 4003H. Honors Philosophy & Inquiry in Education. 3 Hours.

This course provides a review of philosophical ideas in education and an introduction to research, methodologies, foundation theories in education. Students explore historical ideas in philosophy pertaining to education and how those ideas contribute to current educational practices. Students in the course learn about the nature of research, both theoretical and applied, and the process of developing future research based agendas. Prerequisite: (EDST 3113 and EDST 4113) OR (HIST 2003, HIST 2013 and PHIL 2003, PHIL 2013, PHIL 2203).

EDST 4013. Capstone Seminar and Final Internship in Education. 3 Hours.

The capstone course provides students with a culminating experience for Educational Studies. The course provides an opportunity for students to develop a portfolio of their learning and to evaluate their overall program performance in preparation for completion of their degrees. This course contains 100 hours of internship experience and will serve as the final internship experience for EDSTBS majors. This course includes 20 hours of coursework along with the required internship experience. This course should only be enrolled in after the completion of two EDST 3023 internship and during the students final year or coursework. Prerequisite: EDSTBS major, senior standing in EDSTBS program, and completion of 6 hours of EDST 3023.

EDST 4113. Teaching and Funding Outdoor & Informal Education. 3 Hours.

In-depth exploration of natural/outdoors education and informal education and grant writing for education will be covered. Methods and techniques in the preparation and delivery of teaching in nontraditional instructional settings (informal education) will be developed. Course participants will be required to teach an outdoor and/or informal education class and participate in a collaborative grant application process. Prerequisite: EDST 3113.

EDST 4213. Religion, Education, & Religious Education. 3 Hours.

This course provides a comprehensive introduction on the influences of religion in education, particularly in relation to the dynamic of religion in public education in the United States. Students in the course learn about the nature of the study of religion, religious studies, and religious education, as well as the teaching of religion. Prerequisite: (EDST 3113 and EDST 3223) or Religious Studies minor, or instructor consent.