Major in Educational Studies (BS Degree)

Make a Difference in the Lives of Students

If you dream of being a teacher who makes a real and lasting difference in the lives of today’s students, the bachelor’s degree in Education Studies degree at Gwynedd Mercy University is a perfect choice. Here, you will have access to the finest teachers and resources as you develop your teaching and classroom management skills. This program provides teacher preparation without teacher certification.

You also have the option of earning your teacher certification in the following areas provided you meet state requirements:


The GMercyU Difference

At GMercyU, we have been helping students become the teachers they’re meant to be for more than 60 years. Our state-of-the-art classrooms and caring faculty will help you gain the experience you need to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of today’s students.  

Why else is our program one of the best teacher education programs in Pennsylvania? Our program includes:

  • Hobbit House, a licensed Private Academic Lab School right on campus
    • Gain hands-on experience and develop core teaching competencies without ever leaving campus
  • Teacher Apprentice Program (TAP) that lets you participate in classroom observations  beginning in your first semester
    • You'll gain first-hand insight into how the real world of education works before taking your turn at the head of the class
    • Spend a total of 8 semesters in actual classrooms, first observing other teachers and then leading the class as a student teacher
  • A personal advisor who will guide you through all four years
  • Dedicated Field Placement Director 
    • Dr. John Batchelor will help ensure you have a successful student teaching experience.
  • Education and Certification Coordinator 
    • Once on the teacher certification track, Dr. William Warner will ensure you meet all requirements to become a certified teacher in Pennsylvania.

Undergraduate Minors 

Increase the value of your degree by adding an undergraduate minor. GMercyU offers a wide variety of minors so you can choose the one that best meets your personal and professional goals.


In addition to general education requirements, you will complete the following courses for a bachelor’s degree in education studies:

Core Courses -  54 Credits 

EDU 100 Education in America 
EDU 104 Health and Motor Development
EDU 216  Foundations of Teaching & Learning PreK-4
EDU 226 Reading Sequence I 
EDU 227 Math Methods for PreK-4
EDU 228  Arts and Humanities
EDU 301   Educational Psychology
EDU 305  Children’s Literature
EDU 309   Technology Integration in Education PreK-8
EDU 315  Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment
EDU 351    Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners 
EDU 395   Field Experience I
SPE 205 Exceptional Person
SPE 231   Mild/Moderate Disabilities in the Inclusionary Setting
EDU 495  Field Experience  II
EDU 4000  Capstone Seminar

Credit Requirements

A minimum of 120 credits is required for a bachelor’s degree in education studies.

This program requires a criminal background check, child abuse clearance, and certain immunizations and other health-related clearances in order to participate in student teaching experiences.

See the undergraduate catalog for more information and course descriptions.


Transfer Opportunities

If you’ve already earned college-level credits at other accredited institutions or education studies colleges, you can transfer them to Gwynedd Mercy University in order to achieve an educational studies degree. All you need to do is submit your transcript and course description to the Registrar, who will determine whether the course counts towards the credits required for graduation. Read more on our Transfer Credits page.

In addition, Gwynedd Mercy University has articulation agreements with Bucks County and Delaware County Community Colleges, Harcum College, and Manor College to speed your path to become a teacher with teacher certification.

Bucks County Community College
AA in PreK-4 Education to BS Early Education PreK-4 Certification 
AA PreK-4 Education to BS PreK-8 Special Education Certification 

Delaware Community College
AS Early Education to BS Early Education PreK-4 Certification 

Harcum College
AS Early Childhood Education to BS Early Education PreK-4 Certification  
AS Early Childhood Education to BS PreK-8 Special Education Certification 

Manor College 
AS Early Education to BS Early Education PreK-4 Certification  
AS Early Education to BS PreK-8 Special Education Certification 

Our Outstanding Faculty

Career Outcomes

A bachelor's degree in education studies will put you on a path to achieving your dream of becoming a teacher.

Where our graduates work after graduation

•    AIM Academy
•    Allentown School District
•    Annville-Cleona High School
•    Bridge TEFL
•    Bright Eyes Academy
•    Bucks County Intermediate Unit
•    Capital City High School
•    Central Montgomery MH/MR Center
•    Esperanza Academy Charter HS
•    Gwynedd Mercy University
•    NECC MH/MR Early Intervention
•    Neshaminy School District

•    Norristown School District
•    North Penn School District
•    Pencil Box
•    Pennridge School District
•    Philadelphia School District
•    Radnor School District
•    Source4teachers
•    Our Lady Of Mercy
•    The Goddard School
•    The Malvern School
•    Wissahickon School District