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The field of education provides ample opportunities outside of the traditional school setting. The educational studies major at Cedar Crest College is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide you with fundamental knowledge in educational theory and effective practices that relate to teaching and learning in various fields. Unlike other education programs, this major does not lead to teacher certification.  Instead, you will be prepared to teach or serve as an instructional leader in a career opportunity outside the typical classroom.

Cedar Crest is committed to preparing you to make a difference in the workplace by participating in roles that further the education of others, advocate for others, or create a new business opportunity. Some fields that use non-traditional teaching methods may include training and instruction, staff development, non-profit organizations, community outreach, daycare, and children and youth programs. This program includes a 6 credit internship where you will be matched with a local company in line with your future career goals. This opportunity places you in an excellent position for job placement.

As a graduate with a B.S. in Educational Studies, you will have the flexibility to work with children and/or adults in education-related fields. You will be prepared to work in many positions in community education, environmental or outdoor education non-profit service organizations, religious education, or the publishing field. You will also be qualified for advising, student affairs, and admissions work in higher education, or for employment as a program director, corporate trainer, instructional designer, standardized test developer, or private tutor.

This program is also available as a minor.

Program Highlights

  • Small class sizes designed for personalized attention
  • Highly qualified, dedicated faculty
  • Leading edge curriculum based on standards developed by specialized professional associations
  • Customizable degree program tailored to personal interests and career goals

Dive A Little Deeper

Educational Studies Major

Liberal Arts Curriculum Requirements


WRI 100 College Writing (WRI-1) 3 credits
WRI-2 satisfied in major with SPE 241 The Exceptional Child: Special Education Process

Mathematics and Logic: 6 credits

Natural Science:  7 credits (including one lab-based course)

Arts: 6 credits         

Humanities: 6 credits     

Social Sciences:

PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits   
SOC 100 Introduction to Culture & Society 3 credits

Ethics: 3 credits

Global Studies: 3 credits; may be satisfied through sophomore experience

First Year Experience: 4 credits

FYS 1XX First-Year Seminar 3 credits
CCC 101 College Life 0.5 credits
CCC 102 Exploring Your Future 0.5 credits

Liberal Arts Curriculum: 44 credits                     

Educational Studies Major Course Requirements

Core Education Courses

EDU 100 Foundations of American Education 3 credits
EDU 240 Nutrition, Health, and Safety 3 credits
EDU 359 Teaching the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student 3 credits
ECE 305 Issues and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education 3 credits
SPE 241 The Exceptional Child: Special Education Process 3 credits
SPE XXX Another Special Education Course 3 credits

Interdisciplinary Major Requirements

ACC 101 Financial Accounting or BUA 220 Human Resources Management 3 credits
COM 100 Introduction to Communication 3 credits
COM 102 Media Literacy or COM 120 Introduction to New Media 3 credits
ENG 230 Introduction to Professional Writing 3 credits
LDR 200 Foundations of Leadership 3 credits
PSY 227 Principals of Helping Relationships or PSY 230 Team Building & Group Dynamics 3 credits
SWK 300 Community Organizing 3 credits
THS 105 Public Speaking 3 credits

Capstone Experience:

EDU 380 Research and Community Engagement in Educational Studies 6 credits

Educational Studies Major Courses – 48 credits (Includes Capstone Experiences)

Electives: 28 credits

Please note:

  • Students should concentrate on one or two areas of interest for elective courses.
  • Several of the Interdisciplinary Major courses have LAC designations. If the courses are used to fulfill LAC requirements, then more electives credits will be needed to complete the 120 credits required for degree completion and graduation.

Total Number of Credits: 120 credits

Core Education Courses: 12 credits

EDU 100 Foundations of American Education 3 credits
ECE 305 Issues and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education 3 credits
EDU 359 Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student 3 credits

One of the following:

SPE 241 The Exceptional Child: Special Education Process 3 credits (WRI-2)
SPE 250 Subject Area Content Access 3 credits
SPE 220 Evidence-Based Approaches 3 credits

Electives: 6 Credits

Select two of the courses below. Please be sure to check prerequisites in the college catalog for these options.

ART 103 Introduction to Art Therapy 3 credits
ART 110 Principles of Visual Organization 3 credits
EDU 102 Educational Psychology 3 credits
EDU 240 Nutrition, Health, and Safety 3 credits
LDR 200 Foundations in Leadership 3 credits
PSY 210 Lifespan Development 3 credits
PSY 227 Principles of Helping Relationships 3 credits
PSY 230 Team Building and Group Dynamics 3 credits
SOC 321 Family as a Social Institution 3 credits
SWK 300 Community Organizing 3 credits
SWK 304 Child Abuse, Maltreatment & Neglect in Childhood and Adolescence 4 credits

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