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Bachelor of Liberal Studies
- Educational Studies Minor


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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies - Educational Studies Minor YourPace online program gives you the opportunity to pursue a broad range of interests while working toward your goal of being equipped to prepare learners for success. You will work closely with an academic advisor to ensure your work history and previous college experience count toward your UMPI degree.

icon $1,400 per session Flat-Rate Tuition
icon As few as 18 months* Duration
icon 120 Credit Hours
icon $1,400 per session Flat-Rate Tuition
icon As few as 18 months* Duration
icon 120 Credit Hours

This accredited YourPace online program is a flexible, affordable path that prepares you to advance into higher positions within schools and other educational organizations. You will learn the most effective and efficient classroom management strategies, techniques for planning lessons, and how to incorporate playful learning to literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies. You will also spend time focusing on the nature and characteristics of learning differences and behavioral problems of students with special needs who participate in a general education classroom. Coursework is 100% online, and experiential learning activities provide you with the expertise employers seek.

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What Is Competency-Based Education?

Designed to leverage your previous knowledge, college coursework, and work experience, competency-based education enables you to earn your degree at your pace as you demonstrate mastery of relevant academic content.

How our YourPace online programs save you time and money:

  • Prove your knowledge, move ahead—the faster you advance, the more you save
  • Flat tuition rate per 8-week session, no matter how many courses you complete
  • With no weekly deadlines, you control the speed of completion

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As a graduate of this YourPace online program, you will be able to:

  • Pursue an array of careers in the private and public sectors and informal education paths within for-profit and non-profit organizations
  • Incorporate technology into the instructional process
  • Develop and implement instructional strategies
  • Apply Educational Minor courses to teacher recertification and/or CPE credit

Career opportunities include:

  • Children and Community Outreach
  • Literacy Program Development
  • Youth Leadership Program Manager
  • Tutor
  • At-Risk Program Manager
  • Early Childhood Education (Non-Certificate)
  • School Administration
  • School Board Member
  • Daycare Administration
  • Paraprofessional/Education Technician

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Tuition

Our BLS - Educational Studies Minor online program offers highly affordable tuition with a flat rate regardless of how many courses you complete each session, with no hidden fees or extra textbook costs. The faster you finish, the more you save!

$1,400 per session Flat-Rate Tuition

Calendar

There are six opportunities throughout the year to start your BLS - Educational Studies Minor online program. Find the start date below that works best for you and apply before the application deadline.

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Admissions

We've made the admission process simple and streamlined so it's easier for you to get started. Students who wish to earn their BLS - Educational Studies YourPace online degree from UMPI should have the equivalent of a high school diploma and possess some prior college credit and/or work experience.

No Application Fee
No Minimum GPA
Diploma
or GED

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  • Submit your free application online
  • Provide high school transcript, high school equivalency test (HiSet), or GED
  • Provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Prior college and/or work experience:
    • If you have 0-11 earned credit hours, you will need to have 3 years of post-high school work experience
    • If you have 12+ earned credit hours, you will need to have 2 years of post-high school work experience

Submit documents electronically to: edocs@maine.edu

Mailing Address:

Application Processing Center
PO Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Fax: 207-581-5456

Applicants may also authorize UMPI to request transcripts on their behalf, at no additional cost, by completing the Transcript Request Form and submitting it via email to umpi-yourpace@maine.edu.

Courses

To earn your BLS - Educational Studies Minor, you need to complete 120 credit hours of coursework. Each course is built around a series of competencies. Once you have mastered the series, you complete the course. This program includes general education, educational minor core, and general elective courses. Using our personalized learning model, we look at your past college credit, prior learning, and work experience to create your custom degree plan.

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Students must complete a minimum of 40 credits hours of general education courses.

EDU 152: Intro to Education

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the psychological, sociological, and historical foundations of education and an examination of current educational trends, policies, and programs. Areas of study include teaching as a career, educational aspects of diversity, multiple intelligences and teaching strategies, forms of assessment, proficiency-based education, and an introduction to state and national standards.

EDU 153: Foundations of Education

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the social, political, philosophical, economic, and legal foundations of contemporary education and an examination of current educational trends, policies, and programs. Areas of study include teaching as a career, school laws, governance of schools, school problems, educational ideologies, and development of an educational philosophy. Prerequisite: EDU 152 or instructor permission.

EDU 210: Introduction to Pedagogy

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course builds foundational knowledge of learning, human development and motivation through exploration of theories and principles. Students will then gain knowledge of multiple learning strategies, instructional models, and classroom management techniques and apply their knowledge and skill in the planning of lessons within the context of a larger unit of instruction.

EDU 302: Teaching & Learning in a Proficiency-Based System

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course strengthens knowledge and application of instructional design in a proficiency-based system. We explore foundational methods for effective assessment design and grading, the complementary relationship of assessment and instruction, and creation of learning environments that foster self-reflection and growth. We cultivate the skills and dispositions of collaboration among colleagues.

EDU 305: Designing and Maintaining Effective Learning Environments

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

While grounded in current research and learning theory, this course is about methods and strategies for effective and efficient classroom management from three perspectives: behavioral, social responsibility, and instructional strategies.

EDU 357: Children’s Literature

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

The study of all phases of children’s literature for the elementary grades including the history, criteria for judging children’s books, and knowledge of leading authors and illustrators. Participation in a practicum to develop theoretical applications.

EDU 378: Creativity in the Classroom

Duration: 8 weeks, Self-paced   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examines theories on creativity, creative arts, and creative people. Students will learn how to utilize materials and media used in creative arts to facilitate creative, artistic, and playful learning which can be applied to different subjects including but not limited to literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies in educational settings.

Students must take 56 credit hours of general elective courses.

*Time to completion varies by student and is based on several factors including prior college coursework, relevant work experience, amount of time dedicated to studying, and the number of courses completed each session.

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