Educational Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies (Honours) is a cross-disciplinary program emphasizing critical thought, social justice and community involvement while positioning you for a variety of careers in a changing world.

This degree is for students who want to become agents of change. It is for those who know that education – in its broadest terms – is a prime driver of social and economic transformation.

The field of education expands far beyond K-12 classrooms. The BA (Honours) in Educational Studies provides students with an overview of the broad field of education. The overarching goal of the program is to develop graduates who understand the potential of educational initiatives to foster personal and social change. The program prepares graduates to meet their clients’ and employees’ needs in business, government, non-profit agencies, financial institutions, NGOs, and health-care agencies. Through collaborative projects and partnerships with community organizations, graduates can become agents of change. (This program does not lead to teaching certification.)

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Program Structure

The BA/Educational Studies (Honours) has a spiraling, four-year curriculum. Each year builds upon the previous one, referencing and expanding on themes introduced earlier. The program is designed to be taken full time.

Integrated curriculum themes by year

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Select courses within the BA Educational Studies

Each year of study builds upon the previous one, referencing and expanding on themes introduced earlie . Five elective courses enable you to add a minor your program, focus on an area of interest related to your planned career, prepare for graduate studies, or develop a teachable subject for those considering applying to a teacher education program in the future.

Please visit the Brock Academic Calendar for a current and comprehensive list of required and optional courses included in this degree. Courses currently available within the degree include:

Advanced Community-based Internship

Assessment and Evaluation

Basics of Entrepreneurship

Cognition and Learning

Community Collaboration for Change

Community-Based Experiential Learning

Diversity Issues in Schooling

Education as a Socio-political System

Education for Personal Change

Education for Social Change

Environmental and Sustainability Education

Foundations of Curriculum

Foundations of Project Management

Geragogy: Educating the Third Age Learner

Global Education

Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Postsecondary Online and Blended Learning

Project-based Capstone Course

Public Health and Society

Public Pedagogy in Practice

Research in Education

Schooling, Education and Society

Social Sciences context credit

Teaching Adult Learners

Thesis in Educational Studies

Plus additional education courses, selected courses and context credits

This practical and flexible program includes community-based learning opportunities which lead to valuable job-related experience. Your courses will include a number of different experiential learning opportunities from reflections and presentations to case studies and field placements. Brock’s undergraduate calendar makes it easy to identify electives with the type of experiential learning opportunities that interest you the most. Students in the BA Educational Studies (Honours)  program can apply for study abroad and international exchange opportunities.

Wondering where this degree might take you? The BA Educational Studies (Honours) positions you for a wide range of job opportunities. It is also a gateway degree to further education including many master’s programs and teaching degrees. Use this link to explore the Career Exploration Guide.

Educational Studies programs are new to Canada (beginning in 2019) but well known in other countries.

“In the USA, 82% of students who graduate with a BA in Educational Studies are employed within one year of graduating from their program: 38% in Education Services, 18% in Public Administration, 11% in Health Care and Social Assistance, 8% in Administrative and Support Services, 5% in a Retail Trade, 5% working in Professional, Scientific and Technical Settings, 4% are in the Finance and Insurance Field, 3% are in the Arts, Entertainment or Recreation Services, 3% in Accommodation and Food Services and 5% are in Other occupations.” – United States Census Bureau (2020)

Can I take this program part time? This program is available and structured to be taken full-time unless a student requires a modified program as part of a formal academic accommodation.

What does this program cost? The program is considered a Bachelor of Arts and costs are updated annually. See LINK for more information.

Are there international opportunities to study? Yes. Students apply for these opportunities generally after consulting with their academic advisor. See LINK for more information.

Does this lead to a teaching degree (can I teach in a K-12 school with this degree)?  While some private schools accept teachers without a BEd, Ontario’s publicly funded schools require teachers to have a BEd. This degree is not a BEd. However, the BA/Educational Studies can be used when applying to Consecutive Teacher Education (BEd) programs which all require a completed undergraduate degree. The electives in the BA/Educational Studies even enable students to select credits toward a teachable subject. If you re interested in pursuing a BEd some time in the future (even several years after graduating),  we suggest speaking with our Academic Advising team as you select your electives.

Admissions and Applications

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Educational Studies program is committed to an application process that supports equity, diversity and inclusion. If you wish to be considered under our Special Admission Consideration policy, please submit our online Special Admission Consideration form. This form provides an opportunity for you to share any circumstances that have adversely affected your grades with our Admissions Committee. Please visit the Admissions webpage for details.

General Admissions Criteria

  • Admissions will follow Brock’s standard admissions policies
  • Completion of an Ontario Secondary School Graduate Diploma or equivalent with a minimum B- average and ENG4CU
  • Transfer students are expected to have a university transfer average of C- or a college transfer average of B- or a certificate average of B
  • Use the Apply Now button on this page to learn more about the application process.

For more information on applying to Brock, please visit the  Brock’s Admissions website.