Oct 01, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Studies, BA

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College Education
Academic Award Bachelor of Arts
Credits Required 125 semester credits
Faculty Lead Suzan Kobashigawa
CIP Code 13.0101

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.

Core Curriculum Requirements: 60

Humanities: 9

  • 6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see Course Descriptions  for applicability)
  • ENGL xxx3 Any Literature course 3 credits
  • HIST xxx3 Any Course in History 3 credits
  • 3 additional credits selected from the following 3 credits

Art (ARTE), Bible (BIBL), Drama (DRAM), English (ENGL), History (HIST), Language (LANG), Music (MUSI), or Theology (THEO)

Social Sciences: 9

  • 6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see Course Descriptions    for applicability)

Select a minimum of two disciplines from the following:

Business Administration (BUSM), Communication (except COMM 1213), Economics, Education (EDUC), Geography (GEOG), Health & Fitness (PEDU), Management (BMGT), Marketing (BMKT), Philosophy (PHIL), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSYC), or Sociology/Anthropology (SOCI)

Science and Mathematics: 7

  • MATH xxxx - College-level Mathematics 3 credits
  • SCIE xxxx - Science course with Lab 4 credits

Formation and Calling: 6

Core Electives: 8

Any college-level courses

Pre-Major Requirements: 3

Pre-Major requirements may be applied to the Core Curriculum requirements or General Electives

Social Sciences

SOCI 1113    Survey of Sociology, 3 credits

Concentrations: 27-33

Select one Concentration:

  • Instructional Technology
  • Community Planning
  • International Education

General Electives: 2-11

Any college-level courses

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