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Educational Studies

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Educational Studies prepares successful candidates to participate in shaping and making educational policy, working with youth in non-school settings, preparing for international teaching, or participating in the entrepreneurial realm.

Candidates will take coursework that will help them understand today’s students as well as the current and future state of education. The thematic focus and electives to the program will allow students to personalize their program to meet their goals. Themes may focus upon, but are not limited to:

  • Global Education and Development
  • Museum, Non-Profit, and Outreach Education
  • Outdoor Education
  • Pastoral and Religious Education
  • Pedagogy for Educational Contexts
  • Social Justice Education

Students will be placed in formal internship experiences according to their career goals during the final semester of coursework. The internship will be a significant element of the degree, as it provides the students valuable professional experience that is connected to their chosen area of emphasis. Just as the student teaching internship is the capstone for students pursuing teacher licensure, this internship will serve as the degree’s capstone.

This capstone experience will be structured specifically for each student, based on his or her career needs. It will include, but not be limited to, experiences in community, government, public policy, traditional classroom settings, or pastoral programs. These real-life experiences will be offered during the final semester, while students are also taking courses, to combine classroom academics and field experiences.


Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies Curriculum
120 credit hours

Educational Studies Curriculum Guide (PDF)

General Education (33-34 credit hours)

Communications (8-9 credit hours)

  • ENGL 100 – Expository Writing I* (3)
  • ENGL 200 – Expository Writing II* (3)
  • COMM 105 or 106 – Public Speaking* (2-3)

Humanities (6 credit hours)

  • Literature (3) – Any Department of English literature or Department of Modern Languages literature course
  • Fine Arts Appreciation (3) – Any nonperformance appreciation course in the Departments of Art, Architecture, Modern Languages, or the School of Music, Theatre and Dance

Social Sciences (6 credit hours)

  • Global Issues and Perspective course (3) – (tagged as meeting the K-State 8 requirements) – from the Departments of AMETH, ANTH, ECON, GEOG, GWSS, HIST, POLSC, PSYCH, or SOCIO
  • Elective (3) – from the Departments of AMETH, ANTH, ECON, GEOG, GWSS, HIST, POLSC, PSYCH, or SOCIO

Natural Sciences (7 credit hours)

  • Class with one lab required

Quantitative Sciences (6 credit hours)

  • MATH 100 – College Algebra* (3) – or higher level math course
  • STAT 325 – Introduction to Statistics* (3)
    – OR –
    MATH 160 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics (3)

* Denotes grade C or higher needed


Teacher Education Program Courses (29-32 credit hours)

A grade of C or higher is required in all Teacher Education courses and practica.

Pre-Professional Component (8 credit hours)

  • DED 075 – Orientation to Teacher Education at KSU (0)
  • HDFS 110 – Intro to Human Development (3)
  • EDCI 200 – Teaching as a Career (1)
  • EDCI 230 – Early Field Experience (1)
  • EDCI 310 – Foundations of Education (3) – Must be taken concurrently or prior to Block I

Professional Component – Admission to Teacher Education is Required

BLOCK I/A (9-10 credit hours) – Must be taken concurrently

  • EDCEP 315 – Educational Psychology (3)
  • EDCI 318 – Educational Technology for Teaching and Learning (1)
  • EDCI 320 – Core Teaching Skills and Lab (3)
  • EDSP 323 Exceptional Students in the Secondary School (2)
    – OR –
    EDSP 324 – Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom (2)

Educational Studies CORE (12-15 credit hours)

  • EDCI 550 – Schooling and Popular Culture (3)
  • EDACE 714 – International Education (3)
    – OR –
    EDACE 780 Introduction to Adult Education (3)
  • EDCI 580 – Internship for Educational Studies (6-9)

Area of Emphasis (36 credit hours)

  • Education Core (12 credit hours)
    Select courses to support professional goals with advisor approval. At least 9 hours must be 300-level or higher and taken at K-State.
  • Supporting Courses (24 credit hours)
    Select courses to support professional goals with advisor approval. At least 15 hours must be 300-level or higher and taken at K-State.

The student must submit to his or her B.S.E.S. committee (two faculty members, one of which must be from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction), a program of study focusing upon themes of excellence to prepare him or her for various career fields. Themes may focus upon, but are not limited to:

  • Global Education and Development
  • Museum, Non-Profit, and Outreach Education
  • Outdoor Education
  • Pastoral and Religious Education
  • Pedagogy for Educational Contexts
  • Social Justice Education

K-State 8 General Education

Kansas State University requires all graduates to meet the K-State 8 General Education requirements as part of their program. The K-State 8 encourages students to explore coursework from 8 different perspectives. The College of Education curriculum meets all 8 requirements in our General Education, Teacher Education, and Area of Concentration coursework. More information is found at the K-State 8 website.

If you are interested in pursuing an 
Educational Studies degree, 
please contact:

Center for Student Success and Professional Services
785-532-5524
csps@k-state.edu