Educational Studies


Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
School of Professional Programs


Lane W. Clarke


The mission of the Education Department is to prepare lifelong reflective educators who exhibit flexibility, compassion, collaboration, and student-centered pedagogy knowledge and skills. The Education Department offers strong experiential, student-centered, and responsive program preparing students to develop:

  • Knowledge of content and instructional practice
  • Professional dispositions
  • Pedagogical skills

Our vision is to prepare future educators to have an exponential impact on the lives of their students and the broader community. The core values that drive the Education Department and guide our ethos, principles, and standards are:

  • Knowledgeable Professionals
  • Collaborative Practitioners
  • Inclusive and Culturally Competent Educators
  • Reflective Life-Long Learners

Major Description

The Education program offers an undergraduate major in Educational Studies for students interested in the study of educational foundations, methods, and processes.

The major includes a culminating capstone where students will engage in an educational experience to deepen their understanding of the complexity of education and schooling as well as develop the ability to think critically about the ways in which education intersects with a broad range of social, cultural, political, and economic forces.

The Educational Studies major does not lead to teacher certification.

Curricular Requirements

CAS Core Requirements Credits
Total 42–46
Required Courses Credits
SPE 220 – Exceptionality in the Classroom 3
EDU 202 – Curriculum & Assessment 3
EDU 385 – Diversity Issues in Schools 3
Total Required Credits 9
Methods Courses (Choose 2 from the following list) Credits
EDU 261 – Teaching Social Studies: K-8 3
EDU 267 – Teaching Science: K-8 3
SPE 300 – Special Education Methods 3
EDU 386 – Literacy Methods: K-8 Reading 3
EDU 387 – Literacy Methods: K-8 Writing 3
EDU 373 – Teaching Mathematics: K-8 3
EDU 436 – Teaching Secondary English 3
EDU 437 – Teaching Secondary Science 3
EDU 438 – Teaching Secondary Social Studies 3
EDU 439 – Teaching Secondary Math 3
EDU 441 – Methods of Art Education 3
Total Methods Credits 6
Education Electives Credits
Five (5) courses with an EDU or SPE designation 15
Educational Studies Internships and Capstone Experience Courses Credits
EDU 465 – Educational Studies Internship Up to 9
EDU 495 – Edu Studies Internship (minimum of 3 credits completed in final semester) 3+
Minimum Experience Credits 12
Minimum Required Total Credits for Major 42
Open Electives (as needed to reach 120 credits) Variable
Minimum Required Total Credits 120

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will reflect on their understanding of how individual differences and diverse cultures impact education to create inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.
  • Students will design and implement developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences that reflect their understanding of how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas.
  • Students will demonstrate they have acquired and mastered the dispositions defining professionalism.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to seek appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth and to advance the profession.


The faculty in the Education programs are committed to ongoing and frequent observation and involvement in schools. All students engaged in education courses will spend time in a field setting in each of the semesters for which they are registered for education courses. Involvement in the schools will be connected to specific, course-related tasks (e.g., observation, teaching lessons, conducting experiments, administering assessments, etc.). Students in Educational Studies will also have internship experiences in school or educational settings that support their career aspirations.

Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit

Courses completed at another accredited college can be transferred to this degree program. Transferred courses must be reasonably close in scope and content to the required courses offered at UNE in order to count as exact equivalents. Otherwise, they may transfer as general electives.

All courses completed must be no older than five years. Other restrictions apply. 

See Undergraduate Admissions for more information.


See Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

Financial Information


Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2023–2024 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of the date of publication April 28, 2023.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.