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Education Studies, B.A.

The Education Studies degree gives students the knowledge and skills to work effectively with children and youth in positions that do not require state teaching licensure/certification, an early opportunity to enter a teaching licensure/certification program at a later date, or a strong foundation for students interested in areas such as learning theory, educational psychology, child development, and education best practices in preparation for a variety of other occupations and career paths. The intended audience is for UMD Education students no longer interested in pursuing a teaching license, but still interested in education related careers. The program does not lead to teaching licensure; however, graduates will be prepared to work in non-profit agencies, youth centers, after-school programs and more.

Admission Requirements:
  • Students must complete 90 credits before admission to the program.
  • Students must have been admitted to the UMD teacher education program (blocks) to be eligible for admission into this program.
  • Students must have completed 90 credits and have completed a minimum of 12 credits of the UMD Education Core coursework.

This program is designed for students who have been admitted into the UMD Education blocks, have completed a majority of block courses, have decided that finishing the teacher education licensure degree program does not best align with their professional long term goals.

Degree Requirements

Education Studies Requirements

  • The Education Studies Degree has a common core requirement of 23-31 credits
  • In addition to the core, you will need to choose an emphasis to the Education Studies degree (choose one):
    • Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education (20 credits)
    • Elementary and Special Education (20 credits)
    • Secondary Education (20 credits)
  • Students must meet the minimum 120 credits required for graduation.
  • This major does not require a minor to be declared.
Want to change your major to Education Studies?

Step 1:  Have a conversation with your faculty advisor about your career goals and determine if it is in your best interest to stay declared as your teaching major or change to Education Studies.   Look at the above admission requirements and the remaining requirements and determine if eligible for the change to Education Studies. 

  • Do a "What-If" APAS Report for the Education Studies major and see what classes are left in order to finish the degree, with your faculty advisor determine if the remaining requirements are feasible to complete?
    • Log into your APAS Report
    • Click on the "Generate a What-If APAS Report (Major Shopping)" hyperlink near the bottom of the page. 
      • Make the following selections:
      • STEP 1:  Campus CHOOSE:  University of Minnesota, Duluth
      • STEP 2:  College CHOOSE:  Education & Human Service Pro
      • STEP 3:  Degree Program:  Choose Education Studies BA with appropriate Emphasis
        • If you are currently declared as Integrated Elementary & Special Education CHOOSE Education Studies BA-Elem and Special Ed
        • If you are currently declared as Unified Early Childhood Studies CHOOSE Education Studies BA-Early Childhood Special Ed
        • If you are currently declared as a Teaching 5-12/K-12 major in the STEP Program CHOOSE Education Studies BA-Secondary Education
      • STEP 4:  Click Generate Report and your missing requirements will appear in red.  It is very important to make sure the cumulative credits displayed are a minimum of 120 credits.

Step 2:  If you have decided you want to change to Education Studies, schedule a meeting with Lisa Kittelson (lkittels@d.umn.edu) complete the necessary steps to change.

Step 3:  Determine your graduation term and steps to take for graduation.

Step 4:  Finish remaining requirements and graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education Studies.

What can I do with a degree in Education Studies?

Educators have many skills and abilities that are transferable to many career fields outside of the classroom setting (O*Net and choose "Education & Training" under career cluster):

  • Active Listening:  Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Active Learning:  Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Learning Strategies:  Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Speaking:  Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Instructing:  Teaching others how to do something.
  • Monitoring/Assessment:  Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking:  Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgement & Decision Making:  Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension:  Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing:  Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Coordination:  Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Complex Problem Solving:  Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Systems Analysis:  Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Systems Evaluation:  Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Persuasion:  Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Negotiation:  Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Sample Career Areas:
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Program Director
  • Administrator
  • Higher Education
  • And many more....