2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (March 2012) 
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2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (March 2012) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

B.S. in Educational Studies

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Education means so much more today than simply attending a class in a traditional classroom setting. Education happens in schools, postsecondary institutions, public and private organizations, the workplace, and the home. It happens in classrooms and community centers, in libraries and laboratories, in offices and online. Education can involve people of all ages, from all walks of life, pursuing some type of learning goal, from graduating high school to learning new career skills to engaging in a new hobby.

Students explore some of today’s most sought-after areas of expertise, including educational technology, diversity, law and ethics, psychology, and creativity. Students will be able to apply their newfound knowledge to any number of roles, including workforce development; nonprofit agencies; community programs; tutoring and support services for children and adults; education-business partnerships; and educational policy.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, students will be able to:

1. Critically examine the role of education in a global society.
2. Reflect on the importance of creativity in the teaching and learning process.
3. Evaluate the potential impact of educational programs and practices on diverse populations.
4. Demonstrate an ability to use digital technologies in professional communication, collaboration, and problem solving.
5. Analyze changes in views of knowledge, learning, and literacy in the 21st century.
6. Apply principles of learner motivation in evaluating learning environments.
7. Make effective decisions based on a sound understanding of legal and ethical issues in education.
8. Integrate and apply educational concepts, using multiple perspectives and procedures, in addressing a selected issue.


  • General Program

Degree Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits (including 45 cr. completed at Walden)
  • First course (1 cr.)
  • General education  courses (45 cr.)
  • Core courses (60 cr.)
  • Elective courses (70 cr.)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)



General Education Courses (45 cr.)

See the general education  section of this Walden University Catalog.

Note: A minimum of 55 quarter credits must be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level in order to meet program requirements. In some cases, this means that students will need to select 3000 0r 4000 level courses as either general education or elective options. Students should consult their academic advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.

Elective Courses (70 cr.)

Students are to select 14 additional courses to fulfill the elective requirement. Students may choose courses from either general education, B.S. in Instructional Design and Technology, B.S. in Child Development, or from any of Walden’s bachelor’s degree programs. At least 14 elective credits must be at the 3000 level or above. These 14 credits of electives are in addition to the five-credit general education elective.

Note: RN-BSN courses are not available to students outside the RN-BSN program.

Capstone Course (5 cr.)

Note on Licensure

For initial licensure or adding endorsements (e.g., new teaching fields) to existing licenses, individuals are often required to complete a state-approved licensure program. Walden offers Minnesota state-approved licensure programs in special education, early childhood education, and P–12 principal licensure.

Additionally, not all of Walden’s programs include a practicum or cover the grade span of K–12, which are requirements for obtaining an endorsement in some states, especially in the area of reading.

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling is accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy).

Prospective students seeking licensure must research their state licensure requirements to determine (1) if they are required to complete a state-approved licensure program, and (2) if there are any other requirements that apply, especially requirements pertaining to programs provided by out-of-state (except Minnesota) or online institutions.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement. For additional guidance on licensure issues, please refer to www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.

Program Data

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