• 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

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 4th edition, published by Pearson: Your Introduction to Education and Introduction to Middle Level Education.

Program Requirements

Major (BA) in Educational Studies

To be eligible for acceptance into the degree program, the student must declare the major and have completed at least 9 hours of education coursework. The student must complete 30 hours of required major coursework, including an internship, with a minimum grade of “C” in each.

Any CCPS student who has not previously attended college or has not been enrolled full-time during the past three (3) years must enroll in AD 101 Adult to
College Transition.

In addition to the other Core Curriculum requirements, the following are specific core requirements:

  • ED 300 Introduction to Education
  • ED 303 Children’s Literature
  • ED 305 Introduction to the Exceptional Child
  • ED308 Perspectives in Education
  • ED 310W Educational Dev. and Psychology
  • 300-400 Level Psychology or Sociology course
  • BU 315W Business Communication
  • ED 315 Arts Integration
  • ED 460 Internship and Seminar

Other Courses

  • Educational Studies majors are encouraged to pursue a double major or at least one minor totaling 37-40 hours

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

Minor in Education

For students who are not pursuing a major in education but who have an interest in the study of education, an education minor is available. A student interested in pursuing a minor in education must formally apply to the Department of Education for approval and complete 15 hours within the department with a grade of “C” or better. A minor in education must include ED300 and four of the remaining five courses:

  • ED 300 Introduction to Education
  • ED 303 Children’s Literature
  • ED 305 Introduction to the Exceptional Child
  • ED 308 Perspectives in Education
  • ED 310W Educational Development & Psychology
  • ED 315 Arts Integration

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.


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
Assistant Professor
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. Judith McDonald
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

Dr. Mary Stratton
Associate Professor
B.A., Pennsylvania State University
M.A., West Chester University
Ed.D., Widener University

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