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Undergraduate | In-Person

Educational Studies, BA/BS

Join the next generation of education advocates and leaders preparing for community transformation through education.

Why Major in Educational Studies? 

There has never been a greater need for diverse, skilled, passionate and courageous advocates and leaders in education!

We are preparing educators who will act and lead skillfully to improve the educational conditions, opportunities and outcomes of students in the United States and abroad.

Belmont's program is designed for those who will pursue:

  • graduate degrees like educational policy, educational leadership, social sciences or law
  • certification as a school counselor or student services professional at the graduate level
  • a career in teaching, but who desire first to explore and examine the field of education before beginning a teacher licensure program at the undergraduate or graduate level.

As an interdisciplinary major, the program integrates with and provides avenues for integration with programs in every college at Belmont. The educational studies core includes required courses not only in education, but also in sociology, political science and business. All educational studies majors complete a minor in a field outside of education. Additionally, educational studies majors complete both an education-focused internship experience and an education-focused study abroad experience.

Program Details


The educational studies major leads to either a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts. It requires 128 hours of coursework. The program also requires a study abroad experience and internship experience.

  • BELL Core requirements: 53 hours
  • Educational Studies Core and Research Requirements: 24 Hours
  • Elective requirements: 9 hours
  • Minor requirements: 18 hours
  • General electives: 21 hours

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Courses You'll Take

  • EDU 2100 Foundations of Education
    This course provides an overview of the historical and sociological development of the American education systems and instructs candidates to use advocacy for children, families and the profession to uncover unconscious bias and to critically analyze the myths that exist about American education. (Approximately 20 hours of practicum required, which may be within the scheduled time of the class.)
  • EDU 2110 Educational Psychology
    A study is made of the processes of education, including such topics as learning, motivation, human growth and development, individual differences, evaluation of achievement, personality and techniques of studying education. (Approximately 20 hours of practicum required, which may be within the scheduled time of the class.)
  • EDU 2221 Child Development, Education, and Guidance
    This course emphasizes the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of children; the responsibilities of parents; and guidance of children through age eight. Field experience is required. This course is required for early childhood endorsement. (Approximately 20 hours of practicum required, which may be within the scheduled time of the class.)
  • EDU 3800 Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners in the Classroom
    Overview of exceptionalities; introduction to pedagogical, curricular and social considerations involved in educating diverse learners in the classroom. The course has a practicum component. (Approximately 20 hours of practicum required, which may be within the scheduled time of the class.)
  • EDU 3895 Literacy in Family and Community Arenas
    This course places increased emphasis on family systems theories and ideologies drawing upon the assets of multicultural, multilingual families and communities. Building on the principles of advocacy and justice, the course seeks to cultivate educators and other professionals with the tools to assess families and communities and provide holistic strengths-based literacy. Emphasis is placed upon how community nonprofits and social organizations enhance opportunities for whole family literacy development and how educators actively collaborate within these spaces to address multifaceted family goals.
  • SET 2100 Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
    This course introduces students to social entrepreneurship through case studies, key readings and primary information resources. Students will become familiar with organizations and social entrepreneurs through service-learning projects and will begin to develop skills demonstrated by successful social entrepreneurs, including team building and leadership, negotiation and working in complex social and cultural environments. They will explore the sources of funding for social enterprises, including philanthropy, governmental funding and income generating, self-sustaining social enterprises. Students will also plan their course of study in the major, including the identification of a track and an initial proposal for a project.
  • SOC 3000 Schools and Society: The Sociology of Education
    The role of education in modern industrial life. The contributions of various theories to understanding how schools affect the individual and relate to the economy, families, race, ethnicity and social class.

Research Core Requirement: Choose one course below

  • SOC 2250 Social Research Methods
    An introduction to the basic skills necessary in conducting empirical research in the social sciences. Topics covered will include the logic of science in sociology, literature reviews, design and measurement, use of primary and secondary data, ethical issues in research and writing research reports.
  • PSC 2600 Social Scientific Methods
    This course is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the various sub-fields, approaches and methods of Political Science. Special emphasis is placed on honing the research, writing and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in the discipline.
  • PSY 2400 Research Methods
    An introduction to the methods of psychological science. The topics will include the philosophy of the scientific approach, library research methods, basic research design, descriptive and inferential data analysis, writing research reports and ethical issues in research. The laboratory component will emphasize appropriate statistical analysis and interpretation of psychological data.

Master of Arts in Teaching 4+1

Students interested in earning a Master's degree can do so in our 4+1 program, allowing students to earn a Master's degree and initial teaching licensure in 5 years.  The program offers a year-long internship experience across two diverse settings under the guidance of licensed experienced teachers. The intern program entails being school based during the day (following the school district’s schedule) and attending classes in the evening. The internship portion of the program runs from fall to spring only, and candidates must have completed the professional core courses before entering the internship part of the program.  Educational Studies majors will have the core requirements to earn the MAT and initial licensure.

Learn more about the Master of Arts in Teaching program

Belmont Teacher Education candidates have many opportunities to practice their advocacy, leadership and teaching skills through participation in Belmont’s service-learning and volunteer opportunities as well as education department-specific opportunities.

Candidates should explore coaching, teaching and tutoring opportunities, as well as create their own opportunities as they engage in service in their new home community of Nashville.

Our community partners include area charter, independent and public schools, as well as nonprofit and for profit community agencies serving Nashville’s families. Belmont University requires all students to be engaged in community and service-learning opportunities but it is not uncommon for teacher education candidates to go beyond the required hours and in a number of opportunities take leadership roles.

Below are some of the opportunities in which our candidates engage:

Belmont’s Service-Learning and Volunteer Opportunities
Through Get Connected, Belmont’s online volunteer service directory, our candidates can connect with more than 70 area organizations where they can connect and serve. Our teacher candidates take seriously the opportunity to serve the greater-Nashville community and volunteer in programs such as: English Language Tutors with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, athletic coaches with area middle schools, tutoring programs with the YMCA, Martha O’Bryan Center and area faith-based programs.

Best Buddies©
BESTBUDDIES® builds one-to-one friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), through school and community friendship programs that provide socialization opportunities to help erase the invisible line that often separates students or adults with and without IDD. Best Buddies at Belmont is an active student organization where Belmont students and community members with IDD become friends and hang out together with the focus on reducing barriers and building inclusive communities focused on strengths and relationships.

Homework Hotline
Homework Hotline is the largest provider of tutoring in Tennessee, the only service available by phone, and the only program that provides tutoring in six languages. Belmont University candidates serve as a volunteer satellite of Homework Hotline, housed on the Belmont campus. In this way, Belmont University students practice teaching techniques while providing one-on-one tutoring to at-risk children.

Kappa Delta Pi National Education Society
Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), International Honor Society in Education, fosters excellence in education and promotes fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. Belmont’s Nu Phi Chapter is additionally, concerned with assisting the community and has been involved with food drives, raising funds for local literacy programs, as well as helping with Homework Hotline.

Student Teacher Education Association
Through its affiliation with the Tennessee Education Association (TEA) and the National Education Association (NEA), our student program leads tomorrow's teachers to a bright professional future. STEA exists to help our members move smoothly from student on campus to beginning teacher. This is achieved through a variety of avenues including organization meetings with speakers who highlight opportunities at Belmont and beyond to broaden understanding of what it means to be an educator, discussion of issues and trends in education, conference attendance for members to network and develop professionally, and a focus on service to communities and families. STEA is proud to work with Belmont University for Annual Family Literacy Day each spring by forming a reading circle where we read aloud books around a theme with children from the community. We also collect canned goods for local food banks as well as school supplies for teachers and children in Nashville Public Schools. Each spring we also host a campus-wide Valentine’s Day Card-Making event for the children and families of the Ronald McDonald House and residents of local nursing homes. STEA provides all of the art supplies and the students provide the creativity for these amazing hand-made cards.

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Belmont University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Belmont University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Belmont’s Teacher Education Program is approved by the Tennessee Department of Education and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) legacy site visit of 2021.

The Belmont University School of Music is a fully-accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

The Watkins College of Art at Belmont University is an Accredited Institutional Member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)


The Belmont University College of Education prioritizes the use of data as part of its assessment and continuous improvement process. The below data provide summary of survey results, state data reports, and teacher candidate performance assessment data. Data are acquired from sources including the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE); Educational Testing Service (ETS); the Belmont Office of Career & Professional Development, and the Belmont Office of Assessment & Institutional. Data are linked to the reporting measures to assist prospective and current students, faculty, accrediting bodies, the public and researchers.

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Career Possibilities

Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies can pursue graduate school or careers in:

  • Educational & Social Policy
  • Educational Advocacy
  • Educational Research
  • Educational Consulting
  • Educational Law
  • Social Work
  • Community & Educational Outreach
  • Educational Non-Profit Organizations
  • School Counseling
  • Academic Advising
  • Educational Publishing
  • Teaching (alternative to traditional licensure)
  • Social/Educational Entrepreneurship
  • eLearning
  • Instructional Design
  • Corporate Training
  • Museum Educational Programming

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