Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies

Earn an Educational Studies Degree to Impact Children, Teens, and Adults.

The Marian University Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies program provides students with the professional coursework needed to pursue a career in education-related roles. With a degree in hand, graduates will be able to take on an exciting, rewarding career in shaping the lives of children, adolescents, and adults alike.

While graduation does not lead to a teaching license, the BS in Educational Studies program is ideal for students interested in education policy and who want to expand their knowledge of education. This degree enables students to pursue various careers and a full teaching degree later in life, but mainly targets those interested in working in educational policy, law, program development, or the private education field in roles that do not require licensure.

The Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies program offers a track in Paraprofessional Education. Our students gain exposure to a variety of practical teaching methods, as well as social sciences, health, and theory within educational fields. Because the degree is broad-based and interdisciplinary, the job possibilities for graduates are vast and involve many sectors — public or private educational institutions, nonprofits, business jobs, and service organizations.

Earn a degree that opens doors to career possibilities in schools, businesses, and nonprofits!

Real-World Experience Through Field Experiences & Practicum

What Can I do With a Degree in Educational Studies?

Where Can I Work?

  • Public schools
  • Private/religious schools
  • Charter schools
  • Nonprofits
  • Businesses
  • Service organizations
  • Publisher
  • Community centers

What Types of Jobs Will I be Trained to do?

  • Educational policy maker
  • Program developer
  • Teacher (no license required)
  • Educational publisher
  • Academic adviser
  • Instructional designer
  • College recruiter
  • Daycare/tutoring services owner

Is a Master’s Degree for Me?

If you aspire to become a licensed teacher and teach in public schools, you will need to complete a teacher preparation degree program. Completing the BS in Educational Studies is your first step. Your second step is to earn a master’s degree. Earn your teaching license through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction through these programs:

BS in Educational Studies Curriculum

Aligned in part with our core teacher education curriculum, Marian University Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies majors participate in field experiences throughout the program. Students engage in authentic practice at discipline-specific, K-12 partner sites, at the same time they study models of theory and best practice for the selected content area. During their senior year, students complete the Educational Studies Practicum.

General Education Courses

As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.  Gen eds are required regardless of your major.

All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:

  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Argumentative and Research Writing
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
  • First Year Studies

Core Courses

Educational Studies majors will take courses covering topics such as:

  • Intercultural studies for educators
  • Psychology of learning
  • Mathematics curriculum and methods
  • Educating exceptional children
  • Integrating fine arts in education

Program Learning Outcomes

After completion of the Marian University Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies program, candidates will:

  1. Understand education policy and procedure as it relates to PK-12 education.
  2. Demonstrate professional dispositions.
  3. Demonstrate effective instructional strategies for working with pupils in a variety of settings.
  4. Understand the needs of diverse learners and demonstrate strategies for helping diverse learners.
  5. Apply literacy strategies to assist pupils.
  6. Understand the components of the cycle of teaching and learning: planning, delivering, and assessing.
  7. Understand how children develop and learn.
  8. Develop effective communication and collaborations skills.
  9. Understand how to apply their knowledge and skills in education-related roles in the workplace.

Professional Standards

International Society for Technology in Education
ISTE Standards for Teachers
ISTE-T Standards

InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards
InTasc Standards

Wisconsin Teacher Standards
WI Teacher Standards

Admission to the Education Department

  1. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 upon completion of 40 credits
  2. Meeting one of the following criteria:
    1. Reported passing scores on all components of the Praxis Core tests (Required: Reading-156, Writing-162, Math-150
    2. ACT score of 23 or SAT score of 1030
    3. score of “Sufficient” or higher in Mathematics, English and Essay sections of the Accuplacer exam
  3. Successful completion of EDU 101: Introduction to Education (grade of “C” or better)
  4. Proficiency in speaking and listening (grade of “C” or better in COM 101 or COM 232)
  5. Completion of EDU 202: Psychology of Learning (grade of “C” or better)
  6. Successful completion of EDU 290: Introduction to Clinical Practice (grade of “C” or better)
  7. Submission of three Professional Disposition Performance Assessments