Educational Studies

Educational Studies degree

Educational Studies

Program Description 

Rockhurst's Educational Studies degree is designed to help students major in education with a non-licensed teaching degree.

The foundational coursework in this program provides insight into the current and future state of education, while the electives will allow students to personalize the program to meet their interests. In addition, the program includes an internship/capstone experience that is personalized to align with the student’s career goals.

What is Educational Studies?

The educational studies degree prepares students for a variety of career opportunities in education that do not require a teaching license. Whether they want to work in educational policy, teach internationally, work with youth in non-school settings, or have found that the traditional classroom is not a good fit during their studies to become a teacher, the educational studies program may be right. Should you choose to pursue a licensed education degree later, the educational studies degree will better prepared to be successful in that next stage of your career and life.

Prospective Students 

Learning Outcomes 

A degree in educational studies helps students:

  • Know how others learn, develop, and differ in their approaches to learning.
  • Provide learning opportunities that support the intellectual, social, and personal development of all.
  • Model effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques with students, colleagues, and families to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction.
  • Use assessment strategies to plan ongoing development using evidence-based decision-making.
  • Become reflective practitioners who continually assesses the effects of choices and actions on others.

Current Students 


During courses, students will have the opportunity to be placed in diverse K-12 educational settings and complete tasks to connect theory and practice as they develop knowledge and skills for curriculum and instruction.

This hybrid on-campus and online education degree gives students an opportunity to design and complete a capstone project (with mentoring) relevant to their personal professional development goals.


Educational Studies degree-holders may go on to develop educational programs or curricula and work in various informal learning environments, corporate settings, and nonprofit organizations.

Possible Educational Studies degree jobs:

  • Program Coordinator
  • Program Director
  • Student Success Coach
  • Events Coordinator
  • Paraprofessional