Educational Studies

A concentration in educational studies is designed for students who want to work with children, youth and adults outside of a formal classroom setting. This concentration provides a foundation in the field of education by studying current issues and educational practices for the community setting. This concentration is very versatile and applies to a wide variety of programs and opportunities.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.

18 Hours Required

6 credits lower division course work
Required one course from this list:

TEL 111 Exploration of Education, SB (3)
TEL 212 Understanding the Culturally Diverse Child, C (3)
SPE 222 Orientation to Education of Exceptional Children, SB, C (3)
BLE 220 Foundation of Structured English Immersion, (3)

Required Service Learning 3 credits

USL 210 Service Learning: Diverse Community Issues, L ,C (3)


12 credits upper-division course work from ONE focus area below:

Learning and Instruction

EDP 310 Educational Psychology, SB (3)

SCN 401 Sustainability Science, Technology, and Society (3) (Prerequisite(s): non-Teacher Preparation student; minimum junior standing; Credit is allowed for only SCN 400 or SCN 401 or SCN 494 (Sustainability Science, Technology, and Society))

SPE 411 Parent Involvement and Regulatory Issues (3) 

SPF 301 Culture and Schooling (3) (Prerequisites: ENG 102, 105 or 108 with C or better)

TEL 313 Educational Technology in the K-12 Curriculum (3) 

TEL 315 Child and Adolescent Development (3) L or SB

TEL 430 Learning Outside of School (3) (Prerequisite: Minimum 45 hours; Credit is allowed for only TEL 430 or 494 (Learning Outside of School))

 Learning in the Community

SPF 301 Culture and Schooling, L (3)

EDP 310 or 311 Educational Psychology for Future Teachers (or Non-Teachers), SB  (3) (Junior or Senior standing)

TEL 430 Learning Outside of School (3)

TEL 431 Learning in Workplaces (3)

 Physical Activity

PPE 335 Movement and Physiology Principles of Children and Youth in Physical Activity Environments (3)

PPE 340 Understanding Children in Physical Activity Environments (3)

PPE 345 Adolescents in Physical Activity Environments: Understanding and Practices (3)

PPE 351 Coaching of Children and Adolescents in Physical Activity Environments (3)

 General Overview of Education

12 upper division credits from any of these prefixes: BLE, ECD, ECS, EED, EDP, EDT, PPE, SED, TEL, SCN, SPE, SPF, USL

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.






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