Educational Studies

Undergraduate Major - 33-34 Credit Hours
Classes start every 8 weeks.

As one of the few colleges to offer this major, BVU’s educational studies program is designed for students who have an interest in an education-oriented career beyond becoming a licensed teacher.

Program Description:

The educational studies major equips students with a theoretical background in education and practical application to better understand learners and learning. The curriculum combines courses in human development, learning and motivation, history and literacy, among others, to equip students with skills that can be applied to education positions across a wide variety of organizations.

The educational studies major will not lead to teacher certification. However, after completing the program, students may apply to the Board of Educational Examiners for a substitute authorization which allows an individual to substitute in any K-12 classroom.

Employment opportunities include:

  • Youth work
  • Counseling
  • Educational publishing
  • Business training
  • Educational policy
  • Council Bluffs
  • Creston
  • Denison
  • Emmetsburg
  • Estherville
  • Fort Dodge
  • Marshalltown
  • Mason City
  • Ottumwa
  • Sioux City
  • Spencer
  • Spirit Lake

Major in Educational Studies

  • EDCO 240 Human Development: School Age Children or EDCO 241 Human Development: Adolescents
  • EDCO 245 Learning and Motivation: School Age Children or EDCO 246 Learning and Motivation: Adolescents
  • EDCO 255 Professional Seminar I and Field Experience: Learning and Motivation
  • EDCO 280 History of American Education
  • EDCO 301 Introduction to Exceptional Learners
  • EDUC 317 Foundations of Literacy

Educational Studies Fifteen credits from:

  • EDUC 335 Development of Oral Communications
  • EDUC 380 Language Development and Methods
  • EDUC 362 Methods of Physical Education and Health for Elementary Teachers
  • EDUC 363 Methods of Visual Art
  • EDCO 401 Classroom Management and Evaluation Techniques (secondary education only)
  • TESL 270 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition
  • COMM 302 Intercultural Communication
  • MATH 123 Mathematics for Elementary Education I
  • MATH 124 Mathematics for Elementary Education II
Admissions criteria for the Educational Studies program

BVU's degree completion programs are classified as junior-senior level. Persons who have completed an associate degree or 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution qualify for admission. College level examination program credits (CLEP) and life experience credit may be available as described in the academic section. 

Admissions process for the Educational Studies program
  • Although personal interviews are not required, applicants are urged to confer with an advisor.
  • Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended be sent to BVU. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester.
  • Complete the BVU Degree Completion Application
  • If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) at
  • Students who have previously earned a B.A. or B.S. degree may be eligible to earn a second bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University.

Tuition & Fees

BVU offers a quality, affordable education, and our financial specialists are here to help as you navigate the costs of your educational investment so you can move forward with your career.

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BVU's Institution code: 001847

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All Buena Vista University programs are approved for the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.

Federal Teach Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $4,000 per year in grants for graduate and undergraduate students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families. Students must meet all eligibility requirements.

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