Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies


  • Evening schedule designed for working professionals
  • Six-week courses help you complete your degree faster
  • Cohort model builds community by modeling community
  • Designed for those who are interested in the field of education, but who do not plan to become certified teachers

Degree Snapshot

Evening, six-week courses (with occasional Saturdays)
North Spokane, U-District*
*General education requirements only
Application Deadline
Four weeks prior to start date (view course schedule)
Cost per Credit
$540 for the 2017-18 academic year
Books and related course materials are provided free of charge.
Financial aid is available.
Average Completion Time
Transferring with A.A. degree: 2.5 years
New students with no transfer credits: 5 years
  • Program Details

    Whitworth's Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies Program was developed for individuals who are interested in the field of education, but who may not plan to become certified teachers. Whether you are interested in educational theory and practice or simply wish to increase your knowledge and skills in the field of education, this program is the perfect fit. The program's six-week evening courses make it possible for you to earn your degree in a realistic amount of time, even if you are working full time. This program allows opportunities for growth and reflection in a small, supportive learning community, guided by Christian scholars who are dedicated to your success.

    For those with an A.A.S. Degree

    With an approved A.A.S. degree from the community college, you may transfer to Whitworth's educational studies program as a junior, receiving 60 semester credits toward your bachelor's degree as part of Whitworth's "upside-down" degree program. Attending part time, you can complete your degree in as little as 2.5 years.

    Approved AAS degrees* include the following:

    • Education Paraprofessional
      • Early Childhood Education
      • Special Education
      • General Education
      • School Library Media Technician
    • Library and Information Services

    More information regarding Whitworth's "upside-down" degree program

    *Additional AAS degrees may qualify; check with a Whitworth academic advisor.

    Cohort Format

    Whitworth's B.A. in Educational Studies Program is offered in a cohort format. Simply put, this means that you will be part of a small group (approximately 20 students) who work collaboratively through the educational studies curriculum in sequence.


    • Concentrate on one course at a time and attend class just once or twice weekly. Most courses meet one evening per week and at two all-day-Saturday sessions during the six-week session.
    • Your books are provided free of charge and are delivered to you the first night of class.
    • Learn with other adult students in Whitworth's cohort format.
    • Develop cutting-edge instructional strategies and classroom management techniques.
    • Become familiar with technological advances facing the world of education.
    • Learn to recognize and address the needs of individual students in group settings.

    The mission of the Whitworth School of Education is to prepare educators of mind and heart who are scholars, community members, effective practitioners, visionary leaders, and guardians. The School of Education provides opportunities to integrate theory and practice in diverse settings through the study of established and emerging content as well as through pedagogical and professional knowledge. Whitworth University prepares educators to have a positive impact on the learning and development of those whom they are called to serve.

  • Degree Requirements

    The 39-credit educational studies coursework can be completed in less than two years; total time to degree completion varies, depending on your course load and transfer credits.

    Educational Studies Program Admission Requirements

    After you apply and are admitted to the Educational Studies Program, you will take general-education and education-foundations courses, as well as any required elective courses, prior to beginning the educational-studies course sequence.

    Learning Objectives

    The learning outcomes of this major prepare students to be scholars, community members, effective practitioners, visionary leaders, and guardians. Please see the course catalog for more information.

    Preliminary Education Course
    EDE 302* Foundations of Education & Community Engagement

    Certification Requirements (Optional)

    After a student completes the B.A. in Educational Studies Program, he or she has the option to return to Whitworth to pursue Washington state teacher certification (within three years of degree completion). He/she must complete the following requirements in order to receive certification:

    • EDE 342C Instructional Strategies Practicum
    • EDE 368 Intercultural Immersion Experience
    • EDE 441C Literacy Practicum
    • EDE 474 Clinical Practicum Seminar
    • EDE 496 Clinical Practicum
    • Pass the WEST-B basic-skills exam
    • Pass the NES content exam
    • Pass the edTPA performance assessment
    • Current fingerprint clearance
    • Any other requirements issued by the state of Washington at the time of certification
  • General Education Requirements & Electives

    All adult education programs from Whitworth must include general education and elective coursework to complete degree requirements. Some of the requirements may be met by courses offered in the major. Check with an advisor for details.

    Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 126

    Total credits needed at Whitworth will vary, depending on credits transferred from other institutions and/or earned on college-level examinations.

  • What type of Job Will I be Able to get?

    Individuals completing this degree can expect to be qualified for jobs in areas related to the educational needs of children, such as school paraprofessional, in social-service agencies, private schools, and other community organizations where principles of education, teaching and learning are valued.

  • Workplaces for educational studies students

    Workplaces for Educational Studies Students
    School districtsChildcare facilities
    Nonprofit agenciesChildren's museums
    Children's science centersYouth-theatre groups
    Youth-ministry programsChurches
    Early childhood education centersTutoring services
    Homeschooling and parenting 


Whitworth's mission is to provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.

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