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B.S. in Education Studies Major

Are you interested in majoring in education?

Education studies is a non-licensure program if you are looking to work with children or in fields where you can draw upon your teaching skills without having to be a licensed teacher. We focus very little on lectures, but rather on application of content through field experience, case study reviews, hands-on learning experiences and opportunities for discussion-based learning. Education majors can expect to learn how different groups of students absorb material, how to teach those groups of students, how to interact with those students to assess their knowledge and plan for their learning.

Program Overview

The B.S. in Education Studies is designed to prepare students who understand and enjoy the importance of teaching and learning as drivers in successful organizations. Graduates of this program generally take on professional roles in community organizations, libraries, museums, corporations and more. This major also supports former teacher candidates who decide they no longer want to be teachers, but want to put their knowledge to work as professional educators in a different setting. Students in this major engage in the following concentrations: Introduction to Education, Classroom Management and Culture, Reading and Language Arts Integration, Elementary Curriculum and Methods, and Elementary Education Application.

Program Concentrations

This program is made up of the following concentrations. Learn more about concentrations.

Concentration Overview

The Introduction to Education concentration takes teacher candidates behind the veil of the teaching practice to explore how teachers plan for, instruct, and assess a diverse student body. Before teacher candidates can learn how to address specific students’ needs, they must first understand the personal, family, and cultural dynamics which lead to their individual senses of self. This concentration helps teacher candidates respond to the “Who am I?” question.

Concentration Overview

Building classroom community and culture is an essential component of effective teaching at all levels of instruction. Within this concentration, teacher candidates will explore the research-based techniques surrounding student engagement and building a student-centered classroom to maximize instructional time.

Concentration Overview

Elementary teachers must have deep knowledge of the development of language and literacy for children, from birth through early adolescence. At Stritch, elementary teacher candidates engage in strategically designed coursework and field experiences that bring reading, writing, speaking and listening to life. Stritch has a rich legacy of equipping teachers to utilize research based methods of instruction and assessment to grow the literacy skills of children in their classrooms.

Concentration Overview

The special education concentration prepares teacher candidates to provide specially-designed instruction and assessment for K-12 students with disabilities. Teacher candidates acquire knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to capitalize on students’ assets, address students’ needs, and promote students’ self-determination and self-advocacy. Coursework addresses foundations of special education, characteristics of students with disabilities, individual education and behavior intervention plans, assessment of academic and functional skills, evidence-based practice, and collaboration with families, students, other school professionals, and community service agencies. All courses meet the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction accreditation and the Council for Exceptional Children Initial Preparation Standards. Upon completion of course and fieldwork in this concentration, teacher candidates may pursue dual licensure (in general education and cross-categorical special education) during the student teaching semester.

Concentration Overview

Elementary teachers are well-rounded in their understanding of multiple subject areas. Elementary teachers must have the understanding of how to teach multiple subjects across the elementary curriculum, including Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Within this concentration, teacher candidates will explore research-based best practices for planning, instruction, and assessment. Specific consideration will be given to the national standards governing these subjects.

Concentrations on this page are required for this program. Additional courses or concentrations may need to be added to meet program or credit requirements.

Liberal Arts Core

The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum is rooted in the Liberal Arts and our Franciscan heritage. It is designed to create a framework to develop knowledge, skills, and responsibilities necessary to educate students so that they will be prepared to contribute to the world guided by a concern for issues of justice and ethical behavior.

LEADERSHIP:  4 credits
  • Freshman Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Spiritual & Ethical Literacy (3 cr.) 
  • Personal Branding Communication (3 cr.)
  • Writing for the 21st Century (3 cr.)*
  • Quantitative Problem Solving (3 cr.)*
  • Language & Culture (3 cr.)
*For ‘Writing for the 21st Century’ (English) and ‘Quantitative Problem Solving’ (Math), you may need additional courses depending on your placement.

CORE LITERACIES:  15 credits – Student will take one (1) course from each broad theme. Broad themes are:
  • Narratives of Identity  (3 cr.) - select from three course options*
  • Science, Environment & Culture (3 cr.) - INTDS 221: Environmental Studies  
  • Social Tensions (3 cr.)  - select from three course options*   
  • The American Experience (3 cr.) - INTDS 240: Social Movements
  • Approving the Better Things (3 cr.)  - select from three course options*
*Course options can be found in the course catalog or on the academic advising page.

Professional Core

Culminating Experience

Giving students a culminating experience as well as practical teaching experience, the Professional Core is a graduation requirement for every Stritch student in a bachelor’s degree program. Education students must complete:
  • ED 260-Field Experience I,
  • ED 360-Field Experience II, and
  • 9  credits of student teaching (ED 480, 482, 486, or 488).

Prepare for your future.

The Stritch education studies program is responsive to students’ needs. Our program develops critical thinkers while cultivating you to become a better human to add your skills into the workforce and to improve society.

  • High School Teacher
  • Middle/Elementary School Teacher
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Education Administrator
  • College Professor
  • Librarian
  • Administration (Principal, Vice-Principal, Superintendent)
  • Standardized Test Developer
  • Educational Consultant
  • Homeschool Consultant
  • After School Program Director
  • Life Coach
  • Career Counseling

The Limitless Curriculum encourages you to embrace your passions, aligning them with an academic major and ultimately, a career.

Learn About Limitless

This program is cultivated to allow you to apply for skilled developed in the classroom into the working field through experiential learning

Sites can include...

  • Jo's Learning Academy
  • Eastbrook Academy
  • Cardinal Stritch University Library
  • Jewish Community Center
  • United Community Center
  • Humane Animal Welfare Society
  • Fairview Milwaukee Public School
  • Delafield Public Library
  • Milwaukee Public Museum

The Aspiring Educators Club connects Stritch students to professionals in the education field through volunteer experiences and professional development opportunities.

The club works closely with the faculty in the education department to plan and execute meaningful experiences for Stritch students such as teaching English to students who are refugees through Catholic Charities and being program coordinators at Gigi’s Playhouse for students with Down Syndrome.

Female teaching young female student

Make an impact

Education majors have the opportunity to prepare students to better understand different influencing factors that can impact a way of learning and engaging in and out of the classroom.

Education studies will provide you with career readiness skills to become a more well-rounded individual that will be ready for your future endeavors.

Arts integrated curriculum, strategies and experiences

According to the Kennedy Center’s comprehensive definition of arts integration, it is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form.

Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both (The Kennedy Center).

Source: The Kennedy Center

The goal of the Linda D'Aquisto Cultural Diversity Museum Project is to provide Undergraduate teacher candidates the opportunity to 'seek first to understand, then be understood'  as they work together to bring their collective cultural backgrounds to life for local elementary students.

Using an arts integrated approach, Stritch education majors design a hands on cultural experience for young people that often culminates in a campus tour and luncheon"

Learn More About Arts Integration

Contact admissions or the program faculty with questions about this program.


Clavon Byrd, Sr.

Chair - Teacher Education|Faculty - Education Undergraduate