2023-2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    Jun 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Educational Studies, B.A.

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The B.A. in educational studies major offers three specializations: (1) Education and Children, (2) Education and Adolescents, and (3) Education and Early Childhood Development.  Students who graduate with this major are not immediately eligible for certification with the Florida Department of Education.  The educational studies major prepares students for employment with agencies and educational institutions that do not require graduation from an initial certification program as a term of employment.  

The educational studies major provides opportunities for students to explore the ways in which young people construct knowledge within both informal and formal settings.  Specializations are available for students with interest in the education of children (K-6), adolescents (grades 5-9), or young children (Birth - 5 years).  In each specialization, students will explore the social, cognitive, psychological, and physiological domains related to building conceptual understanding.  The education studies major combines courses from the College of Arts, and Sciences and Allied Services.  Students choosing the specialization related to children (grades K-6), adolescents (grades 5-9), or young children (Birth - 5 years), will enroll in a variety of methods courses pertaining to the content disciplines that are present in current educational systems.  Students electing the specialization related to adolescents will be required to choose a concentration of courses in one of the following disciplines:  English or Social Science.


Entrance into the program requires students to

  1.  meet the University Explorations (General Education) requirements or transfer in with an Associate of Arts degree from another accredited institution
  2.  enter with and maintain a GPA of 2.5 throughout the program.


To graduate with a degree in educational studies, students must

1.  maintain a 2.5 GPA

2.  satisfactorily complete all requirements for the educational studies major.

3.  satisfactorily complete all requirements for a bachelor's degree as set forth elsewhere in the catalog.

University Campus Only Course Requirements

Technology Competency Skills

Saint Leo University Technology Competency Skills                                             

Technology is threaded through our personal, professional, and educational interactions. To successfully manage these interactions - specifically relating to education and employment - our students must have the ability to navigate and operate essential computer functions, beyond social media. Demonstrating competency of basic technology skills is essential for the success of all Saint Leo University students.

Saint Leo University requires undergraduate students to demonstrate technology competency prior to degree conferral. These technology competency skills can be satisfied through a waiver exam, microcredential module, or academic course (COM-140 or equivalent, earning a grade of C or better within 10 years). Education majors should complete EDU 228: Educational Technology to fulfill the technology requirement. Students should meet with their advisors to discuss options and establish a plan to satisfy the graduation requirement.

Technology Competency Skills Microcredential:

A self-paced, online module designed to develop and reinforce computer competencies and literacy. The module introduces general computer operations using current computing technologies and software. Selected topics include the Internet, security and safety, digital communication practices, operating systems, as well as creating and evaluating documents, worksheets, and presentations. Guidelines for selecting computer hardware and software are addressed. Satisfactory completion of this microcredential meets the Saint Leo University Technology Competency Skills graduation requirement. Upon completion of the microcredential, students will earn a digital badge. This badge can be shared as confirmation of demonstrated skill and ability. This course is not covered by financial aid.

Technology Competency Skills Waiver Exam:

Students may take the technology competency skills waiver exam to satisfy the Saint Leo University technology competency skill requirement. The Waiver Exam tests your knowledge of Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Windows, and the Internet. The exam is Pass/Fail and you must receive a minimum score of 74% to pass. 

University Explorations (42 credit hours)

Specialization: Education and Adolescents (44 - 49 credit hours)

Total Credits: 120

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