The Department of Undergraduate Education at Mount St. Joseph University offers a major in Educational Studies for students who are interested in education, but not formal classroom teaching. The program involves a solid foundation of liberal arts and education courses, with flexibility for pursuing electives, a minor or even a dual major in an area of interest. Graduates with this degree may progress into careers such as: disability services, family and children services, program development for corporations and nonprofits, adult education, and community outreach.  This degree program does not lead to teacher licensure.

Program Requirements

Hours - 54-57

Prerequisites - 15 hours

COM 100 Spoken Word (3) C
ENG 101 Written Word (3) C
SOC 103 Our Social World (3) CS
PSY 103 Introduction to Psychology (3) CEP
Choose one discipline specific mathematics course in the Core Curriculum (3)

Major Courses - 14 hours

EDU 190 Introduction to the Educational Profession (1)
EDU 207 Educational Psychology (3)
EDU 356 Classroom Management (3)
RDG 215 Foundations of Reading Instruction (3)
SED 215 Human Exceptionalities (3)
SED 215S Serv Lrng:Human Exceptionalities (1) EXP

Major Electives choose - 12 hours from the following:

AYA 345 Intro to Secondary Education (3)
EDU 355 Methods of Math Educators (3)
EDU 383 Methods of Teaching Science (3)
EDU 384 Methods of Teach Social Studies (3)
EDU 386 Methods of Teach Language Arts (3)
MCE 300 Intro Middle School (3)
MUS 246 Mus Exp For Young Children (3) CAM
RDG 330 Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Fluency (3)
RDG 331 Vocabulary, Comprehension and Writing Instruction (3)
RDG 338 Assessment, Instruction and Intervention in Reading (3)
SED 340 Teaching in an Inclusive Setting (3)
SPR 250 Developmentally Appropriate Practice & Observing and Understanding Whole Child (3)
SPR 330 Assessment and Diagnosis for Special Education (3)
SPR 336 Methods of Teaching Math I (3)
SPR 337 Methods of Teaching Math II (3)
SPR 341 Methods of Teaching Social Studies and the Sciences (3)
SPR 345 Collaboration and Transition (3)
SPR 351 Intro to Learning Disabilities (3)
SPR 380 Curriculum & Methods/Students with Mild/Moderate Needs (3)

Cognate Courses - 10-13 hours
CED 220 Foundations of Professionalism (1)
SOC 202 Race, Class, Gender (3)
SOC 370 Sociological Theories (3)
SWK 223 Social Policies and Issues (3) 

CED 394 Cooperative Education (0) EXP
EDU 396 Co-Op:Parallel(PT) (1-3) EXP
One Practicum Course Listed Below:

AYA 333 Adol/Young Adult Practicum (1) EXP
AYA 334 Adol/Young Adult Practicum II (2) EXP
EDU 333A Art Education Practicum (3) EXP
EDU 333M Music Education Practicum (2-3) EXP
MCE 333 MCE Ed Content Practicum (2) EXP
PRM 333 Primary Math Practicum (1) EXP
RDG 305 Literacy Practicum (1) EXP
SED 332 Moderate/Intense Practicum (1) EXP
SED 334 Inclusive Teaching, Support and Transition Practicum (1) EXP
SPR 333 Curriculum & Methods/Students with Mild/Moderate Needs Practicum (1) EXP

Communications choose - 3 hours from the following

COM 220 Visual Communication (3)
COM 300 Advanced Composition (3) LAS
COM 320 Advanced Oral Communication (3) LAS

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the educational studies major will:

  • Utilize professional communication and collaboration to address problems.
  • Use social, cultural, political, and historical perspectives to critically analyze educational policies, structures and practices.
  • Reflect on experience in relation to principles of effective teaching and learning to address a selected issue.
  • Evaluate educational policies, structures and practices in terms of making learning accessible to diverse learners.
  • Make ethically responsible decisions based on discerning the needs of others and using relevant information