The Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) in Educational Studies is a degree option 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, non-profit, private and public education environments, not limited to traditional K-12 classrooms. Students completing the B.S.E. in Educational Studies will have worked in a strong, interdisciplinary field constructed of courses offered in Educational Studies (EDST), Curriculum & Instruction (CIED), Counseling Education (CNED), Social Work (SCWK), as well as elective offerings through Psychology (PSYC), Sociology (SOCI), Recreation & Sports Management (RESM), and Public Health (PBHL). EDST B.S.E. graduates traditionally seek employment through non-profit educational services, private and/or charter school teaching, for-profit business educational services, community/government services, or academic graduate school placements.
The B.S.E. program does not include initial licensure as outlined by the Arkansas Department of Education for K-12 public classroom teaching. Private and or charter classroom teaching in the state of Arkansas does not require a state of Arkansas K-12 teaching license; however, a bachelor’s degree in an education field is traditionally required. EDST B.S.E. graduates may obtain a state of Arkansas teaching license for public classroom teaching by completing one the following options after graduation should they desire a K-12 public classroom placement: a) Masters of Arts in Teaching program at an accredited institution, b) the Arkansas Professional Pathway to Educator Licensure (APPEL), c) Arkansas Teacher Corps, d) Teach for America, e) American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE), f) Provisional Professional Teaching License, or g) Reciprocity of a License from Another State. EDST B.S.E. graduates may also apply for teaching positions in public K-12 Arkansas schools that have successfully applied for ACT 1240 hiring petitions through the Arkansas Department of Education. The College of Education and Health Professions, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, or the Educational Studies program at the University of Arkansas do not provide hiring/job placement or licensure application services. It is the responsibility of program graduates to apply for licensure, should that be a career goal.
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