The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Educational Studies is designed for individuals who begin in a teacher education program and subsequently decide that they no longer wish to teach, or who come to Piedmont not having decided upon a major. The degree in Educational Studies does not lead to teacher certification; however, it provides a foundation for working in education-related fields such as human services, educational publishing, museums, galleries, or private schools.
Students enrolled in undergraduate programs in Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades Education, Secondary Education, Drama Education, or Spanish Education and who do not wish to pursue teacher certification or complete the professional requirements for student teaching, apprenticeship teaching, or internship may apply instead to complete requirements for a B.A. Degree in Educational Studies. Likewise, students who have been accepted at Piedmont College and who have not declared a major or who wish to change their major may wish to consider the Educational Studies degree.
Individuals who select this option are not recommended for state certification. A minimum of 120/121 credits, which includes meeting the college's General Education requirements, as well as a minimum of 30 credits in Education courses (including the Capstone course), are required for completion of the degree. The professional semester, which typically includes the internship, must be replaced by course work approved by the student's advisor.
A request form to change to the Educational Studies major must be obtained from and filed with the Dean's office in the School of Education.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Educational Studies does not lead to state teacher certification.