About the Major

The Educational Studies major at OWU is the only education major that does not lead to a teaching license. Rather, students who pursue this major seek to be in an education-related field or have an interest in educational studies, but may not have a desire to teach in a traditional school setting. This major will set OWU students on the path to become social workers, school counselors, education policy analysts, teachers in charter or private schools, or attend graduate school in the learning sciences, school psychology, or law school. It would also provide a foundation for graduates to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in the future if students decide to become a teacher after working in a related field. The integrated elective course options will be chosen after discussing their future career path/interest with their advisor; students and their advisors will choose which ones best fit the student's intended career.

Learning Outcomes for Educational Studies majors
Successful majors will provide evidence of their:

  1. knowledge of human development, motivation, and learning, as well as the individual and contextual factors that guide one’s ability to develop appropriate instruction for all students.
  2. knowledge of a variety of instructional strategies and materials, including technology integration, that encourage students’ problem-solving, critical thinking, and the ability to select and implement instructional strategies that account for and adapt to all contexts, learners, and content.
  3. knowledge of a variety of assessment strategies that can be embedded in instruction and an understanding of their use for formative and summative evaluation of student learning.
  4. recognition of the importance of the teaching profession in today’s ever-changing world
  5. understanding of the need to ensure that democratic ideals for a diverse society are the foundation of all teaching and learning.
  6. understanding of the importance of engaging in reflective practice and lifelong professional development.

The Educational Studies major requires the following 9 courses:

Foundations of Education

At least 2

EDUC 110: The Role of the School

EDUC 115: Teaching for Equity and Social Justice

EDUC 120: Introduction to Exceptionalities

EDUC 105: Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Educational Psychology

EDUC 251: Psychological Foundations of Education with Lab

Classroom Management/Social-Emotional Learning

At least 1

EDUC 255: Inclusive Classroom Management

PSYC 366: Behavior Modification

General Methods

At least 1 of

EDUC 350: Middle School and Secondary Teaching Methods

EDUC 300 25: Integrated Elementary Methods I

EDUC 300 6: Inclusive Instruction & Assessment in Early Childhood Inclusion Classrooms (PreK-5)


At least 1 of

EDUC 253: Phonics & Teaching of Reading

EDUC 321: Early Literacy

EDUC 377: Content Area Reading

Capstone Connection Experience

EDUC 490: Independent Study

Supported Integrated Courses

At least 1 of

PSYC 110: Introduction to Psychology

PSYC 282: Adolescent Psychology

At least 1 Related Upper-Level Elective

One additional upper-level class from the areas below, depending on potential career goals. After discussing your future career path/interest with your advisor, choose one course from this list that best aligns with your career goals (e.g., Ed Policy = PG course; school counseling = additional psychology course)

EDUC 491: Directed Reading

EDUC Elective







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Chair: Sarah Kaka
Associate Professor of Education