||Bachelor of Arts
||122 semester credits
The major Educational Studies prepares students for professional careers in education related fields. Aspiring educators study the liberal arts, Bible and theology, educational foundations, learning theory, human psychology, intercultural communications, assessment, and instructional design. During an internship, students practice and demonstrate their skills in settings conducive to their degree and career path (e.g. businesses and non-profit organizations).
Educational Studies & Community Programming for Children & Youth
This concentration prepares students to work in youth educational settings outside of P-12 education. Career options include working in youth ministries; community organizations like Boys & Girls Club and the YMCA; missions; and community centers.
Educational Studies & Instructional Design
Students graduating with this degree will be prepared for careers in curriculum development, corporate training, human resources, project management, and customer service. Students in this program tend to be natural leaders, life-long learners, and service-oriented.
Educational Studies & International Education
Students in this concentration likely are preparing to teach English in various settings (e.g. mission field, international schools, overseas, or in the refugee and immigrant communities). Other careers supported by this degree include advocacy work, community development, and adult education. Completion of this concentration can lead to an Advanced TESOL certificate as well.
5-year Master’s Degree Options
Students majoring in Educational Studies may also qualify for one of several fifth-year Master’s degrees offered by NU: Master’s in Education (M.Ed.), Master’s of Arts in International Community Development (MAICD), or a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA).
Professional Standards and Performance Assessment
The performance of each candidate is evaluated in multiple ways over time. Assessment of candidate performance focuses on demonstrated competency in both knowledge and teaching skill, which employs varied strategies to measure professional knowledge, subject matter mastery, and teaching effectiveness. Measures include written examination, oral communication, curricular and instructional design, internship, projects and portfolios, written expression, visual and musical arts, and the success of children in field settings.
Graduates with a degree in Educational Studies will be able to:
- Identify the influences of cultural background and situation for each learner.
- Identify the different ways in which people acquire, demonstrate, and reinforce content knowledge and procedures.
- Identify a variety of instructional tools through which to monitor and promote positive impact on learning.
- Demonstrate how theory and context influence practice.