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If you would like to prepare for work in education and with students, you may be interested in the Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies program at Ashford University. If you would like to learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies program and the specializations offered, read on.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Enrollment in Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies online program offers you the opportunity study the history of the United States education system; learn about human growth and development from conception through adolescence, including cognitive, socio-emotional, motor, moral, and language development; and examine how to meet the needs of a diverse student population, including language barriers, physical or mental disabilities. The program includes an introduction to curriculum design and standards, assessment and accountability issues, current legislation, and other trends in education. Other topics covered include methods for teaching English language learners; strategies for improving learning with the use of Web applications and technology; effective methods for teaching reading, including Research Based Systematic Phonics Instruction (RBSPI); and educational psychology and learning theories. You will also have the opportunity to choose a specialization in early childhood education, child development, instructional design, English language learns, or education and public policy.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Interested applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies should have a keen interest in the education field. All applicants to Ashford University should possess a high school diploma or its equivalent; some programs may have more specific requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The online Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies is a 120 credit program. You will need to complete 46 general education credits, 33 major credits, and 41 elective credits. You may also choose to complete 12 specialization credits in early childhood education, child development, instructional design, English language learns, or education and public policy.

Education Studies Course Requirements

Course CodeCourse Name
Introductory Course Requirements
EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education
PSY 202 Adult Development & Life Assessment
Major Course Requirements
PSY 104 Child & Adolescent Development
EDU 304 Introduction to Education
EDU 324 History of American Education
EDU 381 Curriculum & Instructional Design
EDU 382 Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners
EDU 352 Foundations of Educational Technology
EDU 372 Educational Psychology
ESE 370 Learning & the Brain
EDU 321 Introduction to Serving English Language Learners
EDU 371 Phonics-Based Reading & Decoding
EDU 498 Education Studies Capstone

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

While the Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies program is not designed to provide teaching credentials, it can help you prepare for a credential-granting Post-Baccalaureate program. As a graduate of the program, you could pursue employment in public or private schools, childcare, non-profit organizations, businesses, or health and human service agencies. Positions you will be eligible for will depend on whether or not you seek professional licensure as a teacher. Possible positions could include:

  • Elementary, middle, or high school teacher
  • Preschool teacher
  • Childcare worker
  • Tutor

Advanced Degrees

If you would like to pursue a career as a professor, education administrator, or other educational leader, you should consider graduate studies after completing the Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies program. There are many master's degree programs available, with a variety of specializations you can choose from. Depending on your professional goals, some of the many programs available include:

  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Master of Arts in Special Education
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

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Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions.

If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are CAEP*, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study.

*The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Please visit for terms and conditions and additional disclosure information related to each education degree program. Alabama, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Washington residents: please see specific state disclosure information.