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Kansas City's Jesuit University

Educational Studies

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Program Description 

The minor in Educational Studies course of study allows students to see the value in better understanding the intersection of education within their major program of study and provides a solid grasp of research-based theories in learning and teaching through reflective practice. The education studies minor offers an interesting and broad introduction to education as a field of study and supports the development of life-long learning. The minor does not result in teacher certification. The minor in Educational Studies requires a total of fifteen (15) credit hours.

Those who decide to switch to a major in education will be required to fulfill all of the School of Education and state of Missouri requirements needed for certification.

The School of Education at Rockhurst University fosters inquiry, intellectual creativity and evidence-based decision making to equip students to face the challenges of our global society and is committed to developing informed citizens and advocates for productive educational environments in a democratic society. Learn more about our state and national accreditation at this link.

Learning Outcomes 

The Missouri Teaching Standards convey the expectations of performance for professional teachers in Missouri. The standards are based on teaching theory indicating that graduates become effective teachers who:

  • Exercise discipline-specific content knowledge.
  • Plan and utilize innovative, evidence-based teaching strategies.
  • Assess and adjust teaching methods according to the needs of individual learners.
  • Gain awareness and feel empowered to work within diverse settings.

Prospective Students 

Current Students 


  • Field experience placements in the KC Metro Area, including public, private, and parochial schools
  • Service-Learning Opportunities
  • STEAM Studio
  • Kappa Delta Pi, international honor society in education
  • Opportunity to receive university funds toward travel to relevant conferences
  • Study Abroad in Carpi, Italy


  • Secondary Education Teacher
  • Instructional Designer
  • Online Instructor
  • Instructional Coach
  • Innovation Specialist