Educational Studies (BA)

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Serve your community by sharing your knowledge and passions.

Why Earn an Educational Studies Degree?

People of all ages learn new skills, explore their passions, satisfy their curiosity, hone their craft, take up new hobbies, find ways to improve their health and discover new pastimes through educational programs at community centers, libraries, parks, churches and other locations.

You can fulfill your dream of teaching others and serve your community in meaningful ways with a degree in educational studies.

Why USF for Educational Studies?

The University of Saint Francis has a rich history of training future educators. We designed our Educational Studies program for students who want to teach, inspire and develop programs outside a traditional school setting. Our community education degree program gives you a foundation in learning environments, classroom management, teaching strategies and child and adolescent development. You will also have the flexibility to choose electives or add a minor based on your personal interests and career goals.

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Career Outlook & Success

300 hours

of field experience before graduation


average class size at USF


of the Class of 2020 was employed or continuing their education within six months

Hands-On Learning Experiences

With more than 300 hours of field experience, USF will prepare you for a career as a community educator. Educational Studies majors observe, learn and teach as interns at places such as:

  • Easter Seals/ARC of Northeast Indiana
  • The Boys & Girls Club
  • Turnstone Center
  • YMCA

Campus and Community Involvement

As a future community educator, you might enjoy these campus groups and activities:

  • Educators in Action
  • Campus Ministry
  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • Jesters of the University of Saint Francis
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Where Can You Work as a Community Educator?

With an educational studies degree, your possibilities are nearly limitless. You’ll be able to fill teacher, instructor and training-related roles that prefer candidates with bachelor’s degree candidates, but not necessarily teaching licensure.

As a community educator, you can work in settings such as:

  • Adult education/literacy programs
  • Advocacy organizations
  • Camps and outdoor education programs
  • Career development centers
  • Churches and religious organizations
  • Community health agencies
  • Correctional facilities
  • Parks and recreational facilities
  • Recruitment/personnel agencies
  • Social service agencies

USF is helping me build the life I want to live. Just being here, where the values are based on kindness and participation, has been very eye opening. As a result, I’m friendlier and more involved in the community. It’s made me see the world around me; it’s changed me for the better.

Taylor Stanchin ’20


The Department of Education is accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which was previously known as the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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Academic Plan

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