Bachelor of Science in Education in Educational Studies

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Spring November 1
Fall July 1


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Tuition / credit hour $255.51
Fee / credit hour
Library $4.41
Network & Data Systems $12.10
Off-campus $30
Online Facilities $2

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2023 rates for students studying completely online. If an online student takes a course on campus, tuition and fees will differ.

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Curriculum and Instruction


The Bachelor of Science in Education in Educational Studies online degree program is designed to provide paraprofessionals/staff working in or in association with Arkansas public or private schools a path to becoming fully licensed classroom teachers while keeping their jobs in Arkansas and remaining in their hometowns.

This program does not include licensure, but it gives working paraprofessionals/staff with an associate’s degree a path toward bachelor’s degree completion, which is a necessary requirement to earn licensure from the Arkansas Department of Education. Teacher licensure also requires additional training and successful completion of Praxis exams.

The program of study focuses on foundational knowledge of the field of education and general theory and practice of learning and teaching. Graduates will have the cognitive ability to apply teaching strategies to a variety of learning environments.


What You Should Know

Employment with an Arkansas school is a requirement for program admission. Employment with an organization that provides services to/in an Arkansas school is also considered employment with an Arkansas school. The Bachelor of Science in Education in Educational Studies is not the same as the Arkansas Teacher Residency Apprenticeship program. The U of A does not participate in the Arkansas Teacher Residency Apprenticeship program.

Private and charter classroom teaching in Arkansas does not require a state of Arkansas K-12 teaching license; however, a bachelor’s degree in an education field is traditionally required.

Public K-12 teaching requires licensure through the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. A bachelor's degree is required for licensure application along with completion of a state-approved alternative licensure program and a provisional teaching license.


Path to an Arkansas Teaching License

Educational Studies graduates may obtain a state of Arkansas teaching license for public classroom teaching by completing one of the following options after graduation should they desire a K-12 public classroom placement:

  • American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE)  (4-8 all areas, 7-12 Bio, Chem, Phys, ELA, Math, SS)
  • Arkansas Education Cooperative Teacher Academies
  • Arkansas Professional Pathway (ArPEP)  (all first-time areas, all grades)
  • Arkansas Teacher Corps  (all first-time areas, all grades)
  • e-Stem Residency  (4-8 Science, Math; 4-12 Comp Sci; 7-12 Math & Science)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching program at an accredited institution  (see list below)
  • Prism Teacher Institute  (K-6; 4-8 all areas; 7-12 Math, ELA, Bio/Life Sci, SS; K-12 PE)
  • Provisional Professional Teaching License
  • Reciprocity of a License from Another State
  • Teach for America – Greater Delta  (all first-time licensure areas)
  • Virtual Arkansas  (online endorsement k-12 virtual teaching)

Contact the College of Education and Health Professions and the Arkansas Department of Education for details.


ADE-Approved Masters of Arts In Teaching Programs Including Initial Licensure

  • Arkansas State University
  • Arkansas Tech University
  • Harding University
  • Henderson State University
  • John Brown University
  • Southern Arkansas University
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Arkansas – Little Rock
  • University of Arkansas – Monticello
  • University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff
  • University of Central Arkansas
  • Williams Baptist University

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Why Study Educational Studies Online at the University of Arkansas?

The Educational Studies degree is an online bachelor’s degree housed within the College of Education and Health Professions for any student who seeks to focus on the larger field of education, as opposed to the specific classroom teaching experience. Educational Studies focuses on the theory and practice of learning and teaching through a well-rounded approach to education in all aspects of community, nonprofit, private and public education environments, not limited to traditional K-12 classrooms.

Students completing the online degree program in Educational Studies will have worked in a strong, interdisciplinary field constructed of courses offered in Educational Studies (EDST), Curriculum and Instruction (CIED), Counseling Education (CNED), Social Work (SCWK), as well as elective offerings through Psychology (PSYC), Sociology (SOCI), Recreation and Sports Management (RESM), and Public Health (PBHL). Graduates traditionally seek employment through nonprofit educational services, private or charter school teaching, for-profit business educational services, community or government services, or academic graduate school placements.

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