Educational Studies

Designed for students who have an interest in an education-oriented career beyond becoming a licensed teacher. We recognize the importance of education and training as important aspects of so many careers, and provide students with the theoretical background and practical application in order to better understand learners and learning.

Beyond the classroom

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:

  • Youth work
  • Counseling
  • International teaching
  • Educational publishing
  • Business training
  • Educational policy
  • Lay ministerial work

An educational studies major gives theoretical background to better understand learners and approaches to teaching.

As one of the few colleges to offer this major, students can easily combine it with another major or minor. With an emphasis on collaborating with other areas of study and providing a multitude of electives, this major can be tailored to anyone’s individual goals- including an internship.

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School of Education

From our classroom to yours

BVU is a leader in education graduates, and it’s for a reason. Our classrooms boast SMART Boards, 3D printers, and strategically-placed brand new tables and monitors for group work, providing opportunities for collaborating with student near and far. BVU students are trained with the best equipment to run their own classrooms with confidence.

“We have state of the art tools here and students’ imagination drives their inquiry.”

Students with goals of running a classroom gain hands-on experience outside of the classroom by getting involved at local schools as BV Buddies mentors.

Student MOVE gets students and their organizations volunteer and moving! They coordinate service programs and events that focus on direct service, education, and reflection.

Take a peek inside Smith Hall where teachers are teaching to teach. Or, look outside your plane window on the way to South Korea to teach students English. The bounds of educational studies are limitless.

Major in Educational Studies (33 credit hours)

  • 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 255/256 Professional Seminar I & Field Experience: Learning and Motivation
  • EDCO 280 History of American Education
  • EDCO 300 Differentiated Instruction for Exceptional Learners
  • EDCO 390 Instructional Technology and Innovative Teaching
  • EDUC 317 Foundations of Literacy

Eighteen credits from the following

A minimum of 6 credits must be taken from the School of Education and Exercise Science as indicated by EDUC, ESSI, EXSC, SEDU, STEM and TESL prefixes. No more than 6 credits may be from a single department outside of the School of Education and Exercise Science.

School of Education and Exercise Science: select at least 6 credits

  • EDCO 303 Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • EDCO 390 Instructional Technology and Innovative Teaching
  • EDCO 495 Educational Studies Internship
  • SEDU/EDUC 335 Development of Oral Communications
  • EDUC 362 Methods of Physical Education and Health for Elementary Teachers
  • EDUC 363 Methods of Visual Art
  • EDUC 371 Methods of Data-Driven Literacy Instruction
  • SEDU/EDUC 380 Language Development
  • EDUC 400 Home, School, and Community Relations
  • EDUC 426 Methods & Materials for Teaching Middle School
  • ESSI 103 Introduction to Learners with Significant Behavioral Disabilities
  • ESSI 230 Transitions and Self-Determination
  • EXSC 181 Lifetime Leisure Activities
  • EXSC 182 Teaching Team Sports
  • EXSC 202 Public and Community Health
  • EXSC 240 Dance and Rhythms
  • EXSC 291 Current Health Issues
  • EXSC 321 Adapted Physical Education
  • SEDU 310 Curriculum Design I: Standards, Assessment and Instruction for Engaged Learning
  • SEDU 333 Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction
  • STEM 394 STEM Principles I: Elementary STEM Methods
  • STEM 432 STEM Principles II: Secondary STEM Methods
  • TESL 270 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition

Other courses: no more than 6 credits may be taken from the same department

  • COMM 230 Business and Professional Communication
  • COMM 280 Group and Team Communication
  • COMM 302 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 340 Civic Communication
  • COMM 355 Conflict Management
  • COMM 370 Leadership Communication
  • MATH 123 Mathematics for Elementary Education I
  • MATH 124 Mathematics for Elementary Education II
  • MGMT 306 Principles of Management
  • MGMT 320 Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 380 Social Responsibility of Business
  • MRKT 306 Principles of Marketing
  • PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
  • PSPA 165 Introduction to Public Administration
  • PSPA 320 State and Local Politics
  • PSPA 360 Introduction to Public Affairs

Minor in Educational Studies (21-22 credit hours)

  • 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
  • EDUC 400 Home, School, and Community Relations or EXSC 291 Current Health Issues
  • ESSI 103 Introduction to Learners with Significant Behavioral Disabilities or EXSC 321 Adapted Physical Education or TESL 270 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition

Faculty

Mrs.   Erica  Boettcher

Erica Boettcher

Instructor of Special Education

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Dr.   Callè  Friesen

Callè Friesen

Assistant Professor of Education

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Mr.   Mark  Hopkins

Mark Hopkins

Assistant Professor Education

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Dr.   Karin  Strohmyer

Karin Strohmyer

Assistant Professor of Special Education

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Dr.   Daniel  Strohmyer

Daniel Strohmyer

Director & Asst. Professor M.Ed. Program

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