The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers both a bachelor's degree and a minor in Educational Studies.

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 Courses (45 hours)
CIED 1013Introduction to Education3
or PHED 1003 The Physical Education Profession: An Overview
CIED 3023Survey of Exceptionalities3
CIED 3033Classroom Learning Theory3
EDST 3113Legal Developments in Education3
EDST 3203Multicultural Education Issues3
EDST 3223American Educational History3
EDST 3333Children's & Young Adult Literature in Educational Settings3
EDST 399VSpecial Topics in Educational Studies3
or EDST Program Coordinator-Approved Upper-Level Elective
EDST 4003Philosophy of Education3
EDST 4113Teaching and Funding Outdoor & Informal Education3
EDST 4213Religion, Education, & Religious Education3
CNED 3053The Helping Relationship3
or CNED 4003 Classroom Human Relations Skills
ENGL 2173Literacy in America3
CDIS 2253Introduction to Communicative Disorders3
or PBHL 2663 Terminology for the Health Professions
or RESM 2853 Leisure and Society
or SCWK 2133 Introduction to Social Work
or HDFS 2603 Rural Families and Communities
HRWD 3123Career Development3
or PBHL 3443 Introduction to Public Health
or PBHL 3633 First Responder-First Aid
or PBHL 3643 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation
or PBHL 3663 Principles and Practice of Mental Health Promotion
or PBHL 4643 Multicultural Health
or SCWK 3013 Child Advocacy I: Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy
or SCWK 3193 Human Diversity and Social Work
or SCWK 3233 Contemporary Issues in Juvenile Justice
or SCWK 3633 Child Welfare: 21st Century Perspectives
Experiential Courses (9 hours)
EDST 3913Formal Classroom Internship in Education3
EDST 3923Informal Based or Outdoor Internship in Education3
EDST 4933Capstone Seminar and Final Internship in Education3
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) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 1.1)3  
Mathematics - State Minimum Core (Satisfies General Education Outcome 2.1)3  
Science - State Minimum Core w/lab (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.4)4  
Social Sciences - State Minimum Core (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.3)3  
Fine Arts/Humanities - State Minimum Core (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.1 or 3.2)3  
CIED 1013 Introduction to Education
or PHED 1003 The Physical Education Profession: An Overview
  3
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 1.1)  3
Social Sciences - State Minimum Core (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.3)  3
Humanities/Fine Arts - State Minimum Core (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.2 or 3.1)  3
Lower Level Elective1  2
Year Total: 16 14
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
PSYC 2003 General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.3)3  
Science - State Minimum Core with lab (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.4)4  
U.S. History or Government - State Minimum Core (Satisfies General Education Outcome 4.2)3  
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 Developments in Education3  
EDST 3203 Multicultural Education Issues (Satisfies General Education Outcome 4.1)3  
EDST 3333 Children's & Young Adult Literature in Educational Settings (Satisfies General Education Outcome 1.2)3  
CNED 3053 The Helping Relationship
or CNED 4003 Classroom Human Relations Skills
3  
CIED 3033 Classroom Learning Theory3  
EDST 3223 American Educational History  3
EDST 3913 Formal Classroom Internship in Education  3
EDST 4113 Teaching and Funding Outdoor & Informal Education  3
CIED 3023 Survey of Exceptionalities  3
Upper Level Elective2  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
EDST 3923 Informal Based or Outdoor Internship in Education3  
EDST 4213 Religion, Education, & Religious Education3  
HRWD 3123 Career Development
or PBHL 3443 Introduction to Public Health
or PBHL 3633 First Responder-First Aid
or PBHL 3643 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation
or PBHL 3663 Principles and Practice of Mental Health Promotion
or PBHL 4643 Multicultural Health
or SCWK 3013 Child Advocacy I: Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy
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 Elective26  
EDST 399V Special Topics in Educational Studies  3
EDST 4003 Philosophy of Education (Satisfies General Education Outcome 5.1)  3
EDST 4933 Capstone Seminar and Final Internship in Education (Satisfies General Education Outcome 6.1)  3
Upper Level Electives2  6
Year Total: 15 15
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120

Minor in Educational Studies

The minor in Educational Studies is open to any majors interested in acquiring valuable knowledge in the complex field of education. Educational Studies approaches the entire field of education from a non-centered perspective examining a variety of educational systems where an interdisciplinary perspective is highly valued. Educational Studies is not a P-12 pedagogical or skills based training program designed for the end goal of formalized P-12 classroom instruction.   

The 15-credit-hour minor in Educational Studies is not a teacher licensure program. These courses are designed to prepare a student and future graduate to understand how systems of education affect communities, states, and the nation in matters beyond teaching. A minor in Educational Studies can provide the necessary background exposure to future career or graduate work in the following areas: counseling, social work, ministry, teacher licensure via alternative certification, library/media services, educational technology, educational reform and policy, or higher education.

Students must achieve a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 for all coursework in the minor to be awarded the minor.

Course Requirements

Choice of:3
Introduction to Educational Studies
or 3000 level EDST or CIED course
EDST 3113Legal Developments in Education3
EDST 3223American Educational History3
Choice of:3
Special Topics in Educational Studies
or any 3000 or 4000 level EDST course
EDST 4003Philosophy of Education3
Total Hours15

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. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

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. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

EDST 3003H. Honors 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. Prerequisite: Honors standing. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)
This course is equivalent to EDST 3003.

EDST 3113. Legal Developments in Education. 3 Hours.

This lecture provides an overview of issues in the field of education coming out of legal developments in the United States over the last two centuries involving the legal basis for public schooling, Constitutional issues in public schools, and contract law governing private schooling. Special interest is paid to education legislation and case law on educational issues. (Typically offered: Fall)

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. (Typically offered: Fall)

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. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

EDST 3223H. Honors 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. Prerequisite: Honors standing. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)
This course is equivalent to EDST 3223.

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. (Typically offered: Fall)

EDST 3913. Formal Classroom Internship in Education. 3 Hours.

The internship is a prearranged onsite work experience serving in an educationally related field. The formal classroom internship is taken after the completion of CIED 1013 and either along with or after the completion of CIED 3033. Locations have been selected by the EDST program and Office of Teacher Education. 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 are coordinated through the COEHP Office of Field Placement by the Director of Field Placement. State of Arkansas background checks may be required for individuals completing internships at locations serving populations of minors. Prerequisite: CIED 1013. Pre- or Corequisite: CIED 3033 and EDST 3113. (Typically offered: Fall)

EDST 3923. Informal Based or Outdoor Internship in Education. 3 Hours.

The internship is a prearranged onsite work experience serving in an educationally related field. The informal/outdoor internship is taken during or after taking EDST 4113. Locations have been selected by the EDST program and Office of Teacher Education; during the summer, students may petition for a camp based informal experience that is outside of the typical semester offering. 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 are coordinated through the COEHP Office of Field Placement by the Director of Field Placement. State of Arkansas background checks may be required for individuals completing internships at locations serving populations of minors. Prerequisite: EDST 3113. Pre- or Corequisite: EDST 4113 and CIED 3033. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer)

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. (Typically offered: Irregular) 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. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for up to 15 hours of degree credit.
This course is equivalent to EDST 399V.

EDST 4003. Philosophy of 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 or (PHIL 2003, PHIL 2103, or PHIL 2203) or senior standing. (Typically offered: Spring)

EDST 4003H. Honors Philosophy of 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 or (PHIL 2003, PHIL 2103, or PHIL 2203) or senior standing. (Typically offered: Spring)
This course is equivalent to EDST 4003.

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. (Typically offered: Spring)

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. (Typically offered: Fall)

EDST 4933. 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 of coursework. All internship placements are arranged by the Office of Field Placement and the Director of Field Placement. Prerequisite: EDST 3913, EDST 3923, EDST 4113, and CIED 3033. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer)