Jun 18, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Studies, B.S.

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The School of Education is accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Candidates must be approved for the Educational Studies degree program by special permission from the School of Education Dean and will be advised in degree completion by the School of Education Chair.

Mission Statement for the School of Education

The School of Education at Avila University is committed to educating innovative, adaptable, and involved professionals who will provide service to a diverse and ever-changing population. Through value-based learning and authentic experiences, our graduates will be qualified, ethical, and responsible contributors to the greater society.

Core Requirements

All students must complete the Avila University Core Curriculum as a part of their degree programs. The Core consists of a minimum of 39 credit hours that meet the requirements listed below. Please go to Core Curriculum  for more information and to view all Core classes.

Skills Level (7 credit hours)

Develops fundamental skills key for both academic and professional success.

  • Composition (3)
  • Communication (3)
  • First Year Seminar (1) - waived for transfer students

Liberal Arts Level (25 credit hours)

Provides diverse disciplinary lenses through which to examine the world. Concepts learned and viewpoints experiences at this level promote critical thinking and ethical decision-making with reference to real-life situations across the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and arts.

  • Arts (3)
  • History (3)
  • Literature/Rhetoric (3)
  • Mathematics (3)
  • Natural Science (4) - must include a lab
  • Philosophy (3)
  • Religious Studies (3)
  • Social Sciences (3)

Core Component Designations (6-12 credit hours)

Focuses on seeing beyond the self, immediate community, or chosen discipline. Designations include Interdisciplinary Studies, Global Studies, and Community Engagement, all of which call for application of learning across boundaries.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies (6)
  • Global Studies or Community Engagement (6)

Criteria for Completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Studies

  • Completion of all CORE, major related requirements, the technology requirement and 40 hours of education coursework
  • Completion of the capstone course, ED 498 Options in Modern Education
  • Completion of approved elective hours, if needed, to attain 120 hours

Candidates who complete the Educational Studies degree are not required to pass the Missouri Content Assessment. Candidates who complete the Educational Studies degree are not eligible for recommendation for state teaching certification from Avila University. Educational Studies completers are not eligible for admittance into the graduate certification program at Avila University.

Additional Coursework (21 hours)

An additional 21 hours of Education coursework with 12 hours being upper division courses.

Technology Requirements

Computer competency will be demonstrated by successful completion of the following course:


Conceptual Framework for the School of Education

In addition to the general degree requirements stated earlier in this university catalog, education majors and minors must meet the following ten program outcomes identified in the Conceptual Framework. These outcomes are aligned with the Missouri Teacher Standards. These outcomes are designed to produce excellent teachers who meet the university and School of Education missions. A full text copy of the School of Education Conceptual Framework, including outcomes assessment information, is available in the School of Education office and on the School of Education web-site.

Outcome 1: Professional Communication

Candidates will demonstrate strong competencies in the communicative arts including exemplary use of oral, written, nonverbal, technological communication and group processing skills with professors, students, colleagues, administrators, parents and others in the educational arena.

Outcome 2: Critical Reflection and Decision Making

Candidates will exhibit critical reflection on practice and display exemplary decision making skills including higher level thinking, evaluative thinking and problem solving in both university classrooms and in K-12 schools.

Outcome 3: Professional Dispositions

Candidates will demonstrate appropriate professional dispositions toward self, students, colleagues, administrators, and parents. Candidates’ professional dispositions will foster positive human relationships and demonstrate respect for the profession and the responsibilities it entails.

Outcome 4: Content Expertise and Standards Based Curricular Alignment

Candidates will demonstrate content expertise and ability to align content and curriculum to appropriate standards.

Outcome 5: Instructional and Assessment Methods

Candidates will demonstrate appropriate use of varied research-based teaching strategies and technologies to deliver effective lessons. Candidates will design and demonstrate appropriate use of varied assessments for promoting and measuring the learning of all students.

Outcome 6: Diversity Knowledge and Commitment

Candidates will understand and recognize differences in students who represent various categories of diversity. Candidates will demonstrate ability and commitment to promoting the intellectual and personal growth of all students.

Outcome 7: Human Behavior, Motivation and Classroom Management

Candidates will use theoretical knowledge and research about learning and human behavior to create motivating learning experiences, manage the classroom and respond appropriately to classroom events.

Outcome 8: Field Experiences and Clinical Practice

Candidates will fully grasp the realities of classrooms by applying principles, theories, and methods in diverse field-based and clinical experiences.

Outcome 9: Leadership and Service

Candidates will demonstrate a commitment to lead and serve in an ethical manner through interactions at the university and in school-based communities.

Outcome 10: Foundation for Continued Professional Development

Candidates will establish a foundation for continued professional growth and development.

Alignment matrices showing the relationship between Conceptual Framework Outcomes and Missouri Teacher Standards are available in the School of Education office. Alignment matrices showing the relationship between course signature assessments and Conceptual Framework outcomes and Missouri Standards are also available in the School of Education office. Individual course syllabi show the ways the courses address and evaluate University Wide Outcomes and Missouri Teacher Standards.


Conceptual Framework outcomes and Missouri Teacher Standards are assessed through:

  1. Performance on course assignments and signature assessments as indicated on course syllabi

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