Educational Studies is a non-certification option for students who wish to pursue work in fields related to education and child development. Features of the Bachelor of Arts degree in Educational Studies include an 18-credit special education minor with the opportunity to obtain an additional minor in any area of the student’s choice and internships in a variety of educational settings.
Career options include work for programs that prefer candidates with education degrees, but do not require state certification, such as Head Start or private preschools, and positions in education-related agencies, children’s hospitals, child welfare agencies, non-profit child advocacy organizations, zoos/aquariums, children’s museums, and other children’s educational programs. The degree would also support employment as a child life specialist, education-based paraprofessional, educational lobbyist, curriculum writer, educational sales representative and further studies in educational research, policy, and more.
The following program outcomes are used to evaluate the success of the program and its students.
1. Planning and Preparation: Students demonstrate thorough knowledge of content and pedagogical skills in planning and preparation. Students make, plan, and set goals based on the content to be delivered to children in instructional, medical, or childcare environments.
2. Positive Environment: Students have the ability to establish and maintain a purposeful and equitable environment in which children feel safe, valued, and respected, by instituting routines and setting clear expectations for the child’s behavior.
3. Professionalism: Students utilize qualities that characterize a professional person and adhere to the standards of integrity, ethical behavior and professional conduct as stated in local state and federal laws and regulations in any learning or childcare environment.
4. Communication: Students express ideas clearly in written and spoken forms; reason analytically and critically; and demonstrate appropriate use of research as evidenced by classroom presentations and discussions, and academic writing.
Progression in the Educational Studies major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires students to:
- Achieve a minimum grade of “C” for all major and allied requirements. Students earning lower than a “C” must retake the course; courses may be retaken one time only.
- Maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
The Education Department has determined that all students are to be assessed according to the following grading scale for all undergraduate Education courses.
(Above the Average)
(Below the Average)
69.99 or less
Limitation on Transfer Credit
In addition to the institutional requirement of a grade of “C” or better for all transfer courses, and in order to maintain the most current and highest quality of teacher preparation standards, transfer students are to refer to the following guidelines regarding the acceptance of transfer credits into the degree program:
- Transfer credits must be from a regionally accredited, degree-granting institution and current within a 10-year period. All stipulated transfer criteria as outlined in the University catalog must be met.
- Transfer credits earned more than 10 years ago may be accepted as elective credits, based upon a review by the Division Dean, in consultation with the University Registrar.
Throughout their four-year program at Neumann University, students participate in a
clinical field experience sequence which is designed to help them connect theory to practice; enhance their observational, instructional, and analytical skills; and develop their professional ethos. Field experiences expose students to a variety of classroom settings with scaffolded involvement to include: observation, one-on-one interaction, instructional aide responsibilities, designing and delivering lessons in small groups, and full class instruction.
Course content and assignments are linked to field experiences. Students must obtain and submit to the Field Experience Coordinator all security clearances that meet current state-approved teaching requirements. For current security clearance requirements, contact the Field Experience Coordinator.