• development of graduates with effective communication skills and broad knowledge of education in America
  • Educational Studies is not a teacher licensure program; students may not pursue a career in teaching based on completion of this major

You should consider the Abbey’s Education degree program if you

  • motivated to work with others in ways that further their growth and development
  • effective communication skills
  • have compassion for people

    We believe that education occurs in many ways and in a variety of venues. With a strong foundation in educational processes and human development, Educational Studies majors are equipped to use their talents in numerous ways.

With an Educational Studies bachelor’s degree from Belmont Abbey College, you will be able to pursue a variety of careers including:

  • work in fields requiring strong communication
  • obtain a career that involves some aspect of education including working in museums, YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, nonprofits
  • continue to graduate school in teacher education or other master’s level programs

Dr. Melinda Ratchford: Program Director for Catholic Educational Studies major
Having retired from the Public Schools of North Carolina with 30 years in teaching and administration, I have been blessed to work at the Abbey since 2000. Teaching is my passion and the Abbey allows that to flourish. As an amateur historian, I do presentations on the Titanic and Kennedys around the state for the North Carolina Center for the Humanities.”

The Abbey Difference:

A Close-Knit Program with a Wide Reputation
Belmont Abbey’s education programs have a well-known reputation for quality and excellence. One distinction of our bachelor’s degrees is class size: students study in close-knit cohorts of no more than 20 classmates in courses that promote critical thinking and provide opportunities for active engagement.

Exceptional Faculty
Belmont Abbey College boasts an exceptional education faculty. Our instructors are expert advocates for quality K-12 education. Not only do they have extensive experience as classroom teachers as well as individual areas of educational expertise, they also present regularly at national education conferences and are strong contributors to the body of knowledge in the field. Some are respected educational authors. For example, our department chair, Dr. Sara Davis Powell, is the author of two popular college textbooks, both in the 3rd edition, published by Pearson: Your Introduction to Education and Introduction to Middle Level Education.

Program Requirements

Students who major in Educational Studies are required to complete the following courses in addition to the Belmont Abbey core requirements.

  • ED300- Introduction to Education (3 hours)
  • ED303- Children’s Literature (3 hours)
  • ED305- Introduction to the Exceptional Child (3 hours)
  • ED308- Perspectives in Education
  • ED310W- Educational Development and Psychology (3 hours)
  • ED399- Diversity in Education (3 hours)
  • BU315- Business Communication (3 hours)
  • One PC or SO 300-400 level course (3 hours)
  • ED460 Seminar and Internship (6 hours)

Program Coorindator

Dr. Melinda Ratchford – Associate Professor of Education and Program Director for Educational Studies Major
B.S., Appalachian State University
M.S.L.S., University of North Carolina- Greensboro
Ed.S., Appalachian State University
Ed.D., University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill


Dr. Sara Davis Powell – Chair and Professor of Education

B.S., Southern Nazarene University
M.A., University of Colorado- Denver
Ph.D., University of Colorado- Denver

Dr. Laura Campbell – Program Director for Catholic Educational Studies Major
B.S., Saint Thomas Aquinas College
M.Ed., University of South Florida- Fort Myers
Ed.S., Barry University-School of Education Ed.D., Barry University

Dr. Amanda Kloo – Associate Professor of Education
B.A., Chatham College M.A.,
Columbia University Ph.D.,
University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Judith McDonald – Associate Professor of Education
B.S., University of West Virginia

M.Ed.,University of North Carolina- Charlotte

Ph.D.,University of North Carolina-Greensboro

Dr. Lisa O’Neill – Assistant Professor of Education
B.S., Appalachian State University
M.Ed., University of North Carolina – Charlotte
Ed.D., Gardner-Webb University

Benette Sutton – Instructor of Education and Director of Student Teaching
B.A., Sacred Heart College
M.A., University of North Carolina- Charlotte

Julie Kohlbrenner – Lecturer of Education
B.A., University of Florida–Gainesville
M.Ed., University of Florida– Gainesville

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