The Education Studies major is an interdisciplinary, 40-credit hour major emphasizing the educational foundations and liberal arts. It will offer students the opportunity to pursue interests and careers related to education, but not necessarily K-12 teaching. Students have the option to take interdisciplinary coursework related to one of several specialty areas (policy studies, community engagement, family and society, or psychology) or interdisciplinary courses of their choosing related to their particular interests and aspirations. The major requires 15-16 credits of core coursework in the history, ethics and sociological trends in education, 12-14 credits of pedagogy including a required course in undergraduate educational research, an internship experience, and 8 credits of interdisciplinary coursework in one of the following categories noted above. The major in Education Studies allows academically qualified students with the option of entering the BA to M.Ed. program in Educational Leadership at the conclusion of the program.
Why education is a top major
- The School of Education is housed in a brand new LEED-Certified facility which includes an expansive Teacher- Resource Center, a simulated elementary classroom methods lab and $250,000 of state-of-the-art technology
- HPU offers programs of study that reflect the latest research on best practices in teaching
- Experiential learning opportunities in the community allow for HPU students to become deeply connected with the area, including Literacy Nights and LEGO Education Workshops
- Opportunities to engage in study course material on trips to various venues, including the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.
- Students have a choice of many opportunities including service learning, undergraduate research and B.A. to M.Ed. program
- Faculty includes former school superintendents, classroom teachers, school psychologists, principals and curriculum specialists, all of whom are currently engaged in scholarship and public school K-12 initiatives
Praixs II Exams
All undergraduate students who complete degrees in elementary education and special education are required to pass the Praxis II Specialty Area Exam in order to be eligible for N.C. Teacher licensure. This comprehensive multiple choice and essay examination is a standardized test typically taken at the end of the four year program of study.
STEM Education at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center
HPU education students had the opportunity to travel to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. to gain new knowledge and teaching tactics surrounding STEM-science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This trip prepared education majors to help their future students understand the relevance of space, space exploration and STEM-related fields in their daily lives.
Unparalleled access to LEGO education
Dr. Shirley Disseler, HPU assistant professor of education and chairperson of the Global LEGO Education Advisory Panel, created the LEGO Education Project at HPU. LEGO Education offers unique solutions for educators who want to incorporate innovation, creativity and hands-on learning into the classroom. Education students at HPU visit local elementary schools to introduce LEGO Education. They also host students, teachers and parents on HPU’s campus for LEGO Education showcase events. Disseler says LEGO Education gives her students a unique opportunity to act as educational leaders. When students go into schools, they’re instructing other teachers on how to implement projects.
Student clubs & organizations
- Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education)
- North Carolina Association of Elementary Educators
- Teachers of Tomorrow
- Student Council for Exceptional Children