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Educational Studies Degree

The Educational Studies Major offers students a unique course of Educational Studies with flexible course selection in a variety of emphases. You will be encouraged to explore the courses to discover your interests and choose your career. The individual attention from faculty and advisors provides a strong mentorship environment for you, ensuring you will get on the right track.

The core education courses have several tracks of emphasis which prepare you for a multitude of careers working with children, not in a school setting. With required internships, Iowa Wesleyan provides the opportunity to experience different careers which develops great networking connections for increased employment opportunities upon graduation.

A student not seeking a teaching license may complete a program leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree with an Educational Studies Major. Courses required for this major are outlined below. An internship must be completed for this major and approved by the Iowa Wesleyan Director of Career Services, Internships, and Service Learning and the Teacher Education Program Director of Educational Field Experiences. The Educational Studies Major is recommended for candidates pursuing a career related to education that may or may not require an advanced degree.

Educational Studies Major (Non-Licensure) Requirements

Complete each of the following courses:

  • EDUC 110 Introduction to Teacher Education
  • EDUC 215 Technological Applications in the Classroom
  • EDUC 261 Early Experience in the Schools
  • EDUC 294 Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 296 Educational Psychology
  • EDUC 301 Education of Exceptional Persons
  • EDUC 302 Classroom Management
  • EDUC 357 Human Relations: Global Perspective for Educators
  • EDUC 498 Field Experience

Complete each of the following courses

  • COMM 147 Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Any 200-300 level English Literature Course
  • PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 249 Research Methods in Psychology I
  • PSYC 349 Research Methods in Psychology II

The teacher education programs of IW are accredited by the Iowa Department of Education and by the Higher Learning Commission. The Commission is located at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604. Telephone: 800-621-7440. Website:

Section 207 of Title II of the Higher Education Act mandates that each institution of higher education, which conducts a teacher preparation program that enrolls students receiving Federal assistance under this Act, shall report to the State and the general public the following information:  a) total number of students enrolled in the Teacher Preparation Program (admitted and student teachers); b) number of student teachers; c) total number of supervising faculty for student teachers; d) total number of weeks of supervised student teaching ; and e) average number of hours per week of student participation in supervised student teaching.

Educational Studies Concentrations

Complete seven courses in at least one major concentration area.

Complete all of the following:

EDUC 268 Care and Development of the Preschool Child
EDUC 279 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
EDUC 338 Children’s Literature
HLTH 300 Health and Nutrition
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
SPED 306 Collaboration and the Family
EDUC or SPED elective

Complete each of the following courses

EDUC 332 Elementary School PE and Health Methods and Curriculum
PE 221 Team Sports
PE 223 Individual Sports
PE 225 Introduction to Physical Education
PE 341 Movement, Exploration, and Adapted Physical Education
HLTH 200 Substance Abuse
PE or HLTH Elective

Complete each of the following courses

CJ 101 Careers in Criminal Justice
CJ 231 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 260 Criminal Law and Individual Rights
CJ 308 Juvenile Delinquency
CJ 370 Multiculturalism in Criminal Justice
SPED 306 Collaboration and the Family
PSYC or SPED Elective or HLTH 200 Substance Abuse

Complete each of the following courses

HLTH 200 Substance Abuse
PSYC 324 Child Psychopathology or PSYC 361 Abnormal Psychology
SOC 243 Social Problems
SPED 306 Collaboration and the Family
SPED 341 Characteristics of Special Education Students
EDUC or PSYC elective
EDUC or PSYC elective

Complete each of the following courses

PSYC 324 Child Psychopathology or PSYC 361 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 326 Introduction to Counseling
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 310 Race and Ethnicity
SPED 306 Collaboration and the Family
EDUC or PSYC elective
PSYC elective or HLTH 200 Substance Abuse

Complete each of the following courses:

ACTG 210 Introduction to Financial Accounting
BA 100 Survey of Business
BA 310 Principles of Management
BA 320 Principles of Marketing
ECN 102 Macroeconomics
Select 2 Business Division Electives

All degree requirements are subject to change. Please see the current Undergraduate Course Catalog for degree requirements

Career Opportunities in Educational Studies

Depending on your chosen concentration here is a list of potential career avenues.

  • School Counselor
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Student Affairs
  • Hearing Specialist
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Private Educational Agencies
  • School Psychologist

  • School Business Manager
  • School Social Worker
  • Educational Sales/Marketing
  • Community University Professor
  • Camp/Recreational Administration
  • University Professor
  • Religious Organization Youth Worker

Career Outcomes

2021 Median Pay
School and Career Counselors
School Social Worker


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Meet The Professors

Lisa Augsburger

Student Teach Supervisor

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Shawna Hudson

Professor of Education
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Lane Levine

Associate Professor of Physical Education, Exercise Science and Wellness
Chadwick Library; Room 118

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Jaime Martinez

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Science Hall; Room 213

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Cheyrl Newland

Associate Professor of Education and Education Division Chair
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Assistant Professor of Physical Education
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Caleb Robertson

Instructor of Exercise Science and Wellness and Physical Education
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Associate Professor of Education
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Assistant Professor of Education
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Assistant Professor of Teacher Education - Literacy
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Meredith Wohlleber

Teacher Education Program Associate
Chadwick Library; Room 104

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