Educational Studies

Educational Studies is a non-certification program that prepares students to work outside the traditional classroom setting.

Students in the Educational Studies program will develop a better understanding of the teaching and learning process in order to work in organizations that support the development of children, youth, and adults.

The Educational Studies program also prepares students for graduate study in other liberal arts areas such as counseling, social work, youth ministry, and more.

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Provides educational opportunities outside the teacher certification program

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Preparation for teaching in church, youth, homeschool, and private school environments

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Integrates the science of teaching with practical preparation for a variety of settings

Sample Courses

EDUC 1111 Foundations of Education

This course is designed to study the profession of teaching, its history and foundations, goals, trends, issues, philosophies, and the diversity of our modern school population. Research related to content knowledge necessary to Elementary Education preparation is emphasized. Also, the legal aspects of teaching are introduced and discussed. Introduction to licensure requirements is begun. Students will complete background checks and NC Health Forms to be kept on file for students to complete Focused Field Experiences in remaining Education courses.

EDUC 1310 Integrating Technology and the Arts

Integration of technology and the arts for elementary education (K-6 children) is emphasized. Teacher skills of lesson planning, instruction, and assessment of student learning are developed. Digital competencies for educators and ethical issues with technology use are explored. Ways to integrate poetry, music, visual art, drama, and creative movement to promote the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development of young children are practiced. Course requires 6 hours Focused Field Experiences. Completed satisfactory background checks and NC Health Forms must be on file for students to complete Focused Field Experiences. Pre-requisite: ED 1111 or Permission of Director of Teacher Education (Offered every Spring).

EDUC 4420 Diversity and Exceptionalities in the Classroom

This course is designed to explore alternative ways of viewing, understanding, and teaching the exceptional child. Students will be introduced to the cognitive, behavioral, physical, and emotional characteristics of children who are classified as exceptional learners. Focus will be placed on planning appropriate, differentiated instruction, using a variety of instructional strategies, and collaborating with educational partners and guardians.

Career Opportunities

  • Adult/GED education
  • Private/Christian school education
  • Teaching English overseas
  • Prison education
  • Youth advocacy/community programs
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Youth ministry
  • Supplemental education
  • Counseling and social work


Amy Flagler
Assistant Professor of Education, Director of Teacher Education
Studies in Education and Outdoor Recreation
Faculty of Science and Human Services

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