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Bachelor of Arts

Educational Studies

On Campus

If you love the culture of learning, educational studies offers a non-licensure pathways for students who want to work in an education-related field.

The educational studies program at TU is a partnership with Lourdes University. Lourdes University teaches the concentration courses on TUs campus and offers a potential 3+2 licensure program pathway toward a Master of Special Education.

The education studies curriculum is transfer-friendly and features a 12-course core focused on sociology, psychology, multicultural communications, and introductory education studies. There is also a six-course concentration, delivered in partnership with Lourdes University, that introduces students to more focused studies in the field of special education. 

As part of the Expanding Special Education Licensure (ExSEL) grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the Educational Studies program also provides a potential 3+2 pathway to a master’s degree in special education through a partnership with Lourdes University. Students who take this path will both earn a master’s degree and become licensed to teach K-12 mild to moderate special education in the state of Ohio.

The educational studies program also provides streamlined, dual-enrollment pathways into our master’s of education instructional design concentration. Students may take up to six graduate hours of coursework as open electives toward this degree and other Master of Education degrees offered online at Tiffin University. 

Students in the educational studies program will have an understanding of multicultural, social and inclusive perspectives in education, and will be able to effectively communicate practical applications of theories and principles of psychology toward a variety of careers in the field of education.

Within the educational studies concentration, students are provided multiple opportunities to enter a variety of classrooms in order to gain real-world teaching experience. Within these field and clinical experiences, students will be able to observe classrooms, assist teachers, work with small groups of students, and teach a variety of  lessons. In addition, the education department hosts monthly events where students are provided the opportunity to engage in learning seminars, volunteer experiences, and build networks with professionals in the field.   


Transferable Core 

  • COM130 Intro to Speech Communication
  • CST111 Digital Literacy & Technology Readiness
  • ENG141Rhetoric & Intro Research Writing
  • ENG142 Rhetoric and Academic Writing
  • MAT273 Applied Statistics I
  • NAT130 Foundations of Healthy Living
  • MAT181/MAT185/MAT275
  • ART210/CUL210/ENG201/HIS201/PHI110
  • Total – 24 hours
  • Educational Studies Core
  • SOC101 Principles of Sociology
  • SOC320 Community Sociology
  • SOC360 Multicultural Issues in Society
  • PSY101 Introduction to Psychology  
  • PSY320 Motivational Psychology 
  • PSY363 Cognitive Psychology
  • COM310 Human, Interpersonal and Small Group Communication
  • COM324 Communicating across Cultures
  • ENG301 Professional Communications
  • EDS100 Theories of Teaching and Learning
  • EDS200 Designing Effective Instruction
  • SCS415 Leading with Cultural Intelligence

Total – 36 hours

Educational Studies Concentration

  • EDU100 Introduction to Education
  • EDU216 Multicultural and Social Issues in Education
  • EDU230 Clinical Survey of Special Needs
  • EDA/M235 Clinical & Integrated Curriculum & Instruction
  • EDU319 Classroom Management
  • EDU329 Differentiated Instruction & Assessment 

Total – 18 hours

Course Descriptions

EDU216 Multicultural and Social Issues in Education

Examines historical and legal multicultural issues in society. The course assists teacher candidates in the development of cultural consciousness toward and reverence for the diversity of individuals and groups within society. Teacher candidates are expected to develop an awareness of the implications and application of instruction and curriculum, which demonstrate the obligation to respect, accept, adapt and work in communion for all students’ learning. EDU216 also examines social issues within the P-12 classrooms

EDU230 Clinical Survey of Special Needs

Focuses on the foundations of special education with emphasis on historical background, legal issues, a positive learning environment, disabilities and health disorders in a regular/inclusive classroom, as well as developing teaching skills for use in an inclusive classroom

EDU319 Classroom Management

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to create an effective learning environment for a Gr. 4-12 classroom and to deal appropriately and effectively with behavioral issues within the classroom setting. The course covers both legal and ethical implications and provides practical management techniques.

The Bachelor of Arts in educational studies offers non-licensure pathways for students to pursue employment in education-related fields, including

  • Academic technology
  • Athletic coaching
  • Classroom aide/assistant
  • Instructional design
  • Academic tutoring

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