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.


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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.