What Is an Educational Studies Degree?
The field of education plays a unique role in effecting positive change in communities and society as a whole. The Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies degree program offered by Grand Canyon University prepares graduates to work toward a brighter future by influencing educational policies, laws, programs and curricula. Students taking this educational studies degree program from the College of Education at GCU will critically examine and analyze pedagogical theories, teaching practices, education laws and learning environments.
Why Choose an Educational Studies Bachelor’s Degree from GCU?
This educational studies degree is offered both online and on-campus. GCU seeks to graduate students who have gained both a firm foundational knowledge and the ability to thoughtfully reflect and think critically about the world around them. This rigorous curriculum guides students in analyzing ethical dilemmas in the educational arena through the lens of the Christian perspective. There is a strong emphasis on servant leadership.
Educational studies majors develop a firm grasp on the following core areas to develop a well-rounded perspective on teaching practices in alternative learning environments:
- Educational psychology
- Early childhood and adolescent literacy
- Diversity in the classroom
- Instructional technology
- Classroom management
- Leadership planning
- Legal compliance
What Will I Study as an Educational Studies Major?
Students majoring in educational studies examine relevant and timely topics through an interdisciplinary lens. Some of these topics include:
- Best practices in curriculum development
- Practical applications of pedagogical concepts
- Effective strategies for classroom engagement
- Methods of student assessment and evaluation
All graduates with this major must complete 120 credits, including 56 major-specific credits and 24 to 30 open elective credits. Some of the classes you could take may include the following:
- Early Childhood Literature
- Adolescent Literacy
- Early Literacy Development
- Special Education Litigation and Law
- Cultural Diversity in the Classroom
- Educating the Exceptional Learner
- Faith in Learning, Leading and Serving
The coursework culminates in an internship experience. Students will complete an internship in a nontraditional school setting, during which they will gain practical, hands-on knowledge of how to integrate ethical values and servant leadership into the learning environment.
What Can You Do with a Bachelor’s in Educational Studies?
This educational studies bachelor’s degree is a multidisciplinary program that prepares students to pursue a variety of careers across a diverse range of settings. The foundational skills you will acquire during your coursework will translate well to various professions. Graduates may choose to pursue a job in any of these settings:
- Nontraditional schools
- Nonprofit organizations
- Early childhood education centers
- Social service agencies
- Public or private community organizations
Some examples of careers related to this degree may include:
- Curriculum specialist
- Education consultant
- Education advocate
- Youth enrichment program director
- Program director
- Children’s services supervisor
- Adoption services manager
- Child welfare services director
- Vocational rehabilitation administrator
The Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies degree program does not lead to initial teacher licensure. This profession does not have licensure requirements in most states, including Arizona. Individuals may choose to broaden their knowledge base and enhance their career opportunities by pursuing graduate certificates or degrees in educational studies.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.