Bachelor - Educational Studies (Does Not Lead to Teacher Licensure)

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Grand Canyon University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies (Does Not Lead to Teacher Licensure) program. This undergraduate degree program is designed to provide you with instructional knowledge and skills intended to be applied outside of traditional classroom settings. Read on to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The online Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies (Does Not Lead to Teacher Licensure) program is designed to provide you with an understanding of techniques for teaching students within a variety of group sizes, ages and learning abilities, including children with special needs, adolescents, and early learners. Other topics likely to be addressed in this Grand Canyon University program include educational laws, literacy development, classroom technologies, and professional ethics. You will also have the opportunity to develop hands-on skills at the end of the program through the completion of a practical experience in a non-traditional education setting.

What Are the Prerequisites?

You may have experience working with children in a related position, such as a tutor, babysitter, or camp counselor. Though specific program requirements may vary, you should be a U.S. citizen and have taken some college classes.

What Are the Course Requirements?

This program requires you to complete a total of 120 credit hours. You will take 34-40 credits of general education courses, 56 credits of major courses, and 24-30 credits of elective courses.

Educational Studies Course Requirements

Course CodeCourse Name
EDU 210 Foundations of Education
EDU 225Instructional Technology
EDU 213Educational Psychology
EDU 230Cultural Diversity in the Classroom
SPE 226Educating the Exceptional Learner
ECH 425 Early Literacy Development
ECH 430Early Childhood Literature
EED 475Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment: Literacy and Language Arts 4-8
EDU 450Classroom Engagement and Management
SPE 350 Special Education Litigation & Law
SED 435 Adolescent Literacy
MGT 410 Servant Leadership
ENT 435 Intrapreneurship and Innovation
EDU 465 Faith in Learning, Leading and Serving

General Education Course Requirements

Course Name
University Foundations (4 credits)
Effective Communication (9-12 credits, includes at least 3 credits in English grammar or composition)
Christian Worldview (4 credits)
Critical Thinking (11-12 credits, includes at least 3 credits in college-level mathematics)
Global Awareness, Perspectives, and Ethics (6-8 credits)

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Upon earning this Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies from Grand Canyon University, you could pursue responsibilities developing programs on a variety of topics and instructing students outside of school settings. Opportunities could be found with nonprofit organizations, child care facilities, parks and recreation departments, children's museums, or corporations. Depending on your area of interest, you might pursue positions such as the following:

  • Community program instructor
  • Corporate trainer
  • Assistant child care program director

Advanced Degrees

The Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies (Does Not Lead to Teacher Licensure) program could be the starting point for more studies at the graduate level. You might opt to continue your training in education or a related field of study. Relevant degrees you might consider include the following:

  • Master of Education in Early Childhood Education
  • Master of Education in Educational Administration
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Elementary Education
  • Master of Education in Secondary Education
  • Master of Education in Special Education