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Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies

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.

Snapshot
Class Format Evening , six week courses (with occasional Saturdays) 
Locations North Spokane, U-District (general education requirements only)
Average Completion Time 2.5 years with A.A. or approved A.A.S. degree transfer
5 years with no transfer credits 
Application Deadline Four weeks prior to start date 

*for the 2017-18 academic year

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Program Overview

  • Designed for those who are interested in the field of education, but who do not plan to become certified teachers.
  • Your books are provided and delivered to you the first night of class.
  • Learn with other adult students in Whitworth's cohort format.
  • Become familiar with technological advances facing the world of education.

Program Details

For Those With an A.A. or A.A.S. Degree

With an A.A. or approved A.A.S. degree from the community college, you may transfer to Whitworth's educational studies program as a junior, receiving 60-64 semester credits toward your bachelor's degree. 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

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

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

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.

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Degree Requirements

Educational Studies Program Admission Requirements

After you apply and are admitted to the Whitworth 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.

For course descriptions and learning outcomes of this major, please view the course catalog.

Preliminary Education Course

EDE 302 Foundations of Education and Community Engagement 3 credits

Educational Studies Major Curriculum - 37 credits

EDE 204 Child and Adolescent Development 3 credits
EDE 320 Exceptional Learners and Inclusion 3 credits
EDE 335 Technology in Education 1 credit
EDE 340 Differentiated Instructional Strategies and K-8 Social Studies Methods 3 credits
EDE 342A K-8 Mathematics Methods 3 credits
EDE 342B K-8 Science Methods 3 credits
EDE 345A K-8 Physical Education and Health Methods 1 credit
EDE 345B K-8 Theatre Methods 1 credit
EDE 345C K-8 Music Methods 1 credit
EDE 345D K-8 Art Methods 1 credit
EDE 366 Teaching English Language Learners 1 credit
EDE 367 Introduction to Intercultural Education 1 credit
EDE 401W Critical Issues in Education 3 credits
EDE 441A Literacy Methods in the Primary Grades 3 credits
EDE 441B Literacy Methods in the Intermediate Grades 3 credits
EDE 471 Assessment and Classroom Management 3 credits
MA 220 Structure of Elementary Mathematics 3 credits


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
  • Obtain current fingerprint clearance.
  • Fulfill any other state of Washington requirements at the time of certification

General Education Requirements & Electives

All adult education programs from Whitworth must include general education and elective coursework for the student 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 can I get?

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

Where Our Students Work

  • school districts
  • nonprofit agencies
  • children's science centers
  • youth-ministry programs
  • early childhood education centers
  • homeschooling and parenting
  • childcare facilities
  • children's museums
  • youth-theatre groups
  • churches
  • tutoring services