Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Instructional Studies

Online 12 credits can be transferred into M.Ed. program * 1 - 3 years
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Program Highlights & Benefits

100% online format

1 - 3 year completion time

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) offered for students with select qualifications and expertise

Take up to 12 Master's level credits and apply them to a M.Ed. degree in PreK-4 Education, Secondary Education, or Special Education


Students who have a strong interest in the field of education and are seeking career opportunities that would not require formal state certification.

What You Learn

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to utilize a variety of instructional strategies, develop instructional plans, set goals, establish and maintain purposeful/equitable classroom environments, and demonstrate integrity/ethical behavior/professional conduct as stated in the Pennsylvania Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators.

How You Learn

Online Format: This is an online program. No face-to-face class meetings are required, but students will be engaged in an active and engaging online classroom environment that includes assignments, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically. You will finish two courses (up to 3 if approved) every 8 weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 1-3 years depending on how many credits are transferred. If your goal is to become certified in PreK-4 Education, Secondary Education, or PreK-12 Special Education, you will have the opportunity to take up to 12 Master’s level credits that can be transferred into Point Park’s M.Ed. with PreK-4 Certification, M.Ed. with Secondary Certification, or M.Ed. in Special Education with PreK-12 Certification programs.

Career Outcomes

With a B.A. in Instructional Studies degree, you will have the option to pursue career opportunities in various areas, such as daycare and early learning centers, paraprofessionals in public schools, private schools not requiring PDE certification, extended school programs, community centers, profit and non-profit organizations focused on children, youth, and families, and youth service agencies.

Major Requirements

There is a large number of general elective credits as a part of this degree, therefore, a generous amount of transfer credit can be applied.

Download Degree Requirements

HISTHistory Elective3
MATHMathematics Elective3
POLSPolitical Science Elective3
PSYCPsychology Elective3
SOC/SOCWSociology/Social Work Elective3
EDUC 101Technological Literacy3
EDUC 220Family & Community Diversity3
EDUC 222Assessment Adaptation3
EDUC 228Educational Psychology3
EDUC 250English Language Learners3
SPED 180Special Ed & Inclusive Practices3
SPED 280Post. Behav Intervention3
SPED 281High Incidence Disabilities3
SPED 282Low Incidence Disabilities3
 Total Credit Hours:45
Please Note:

Program and course requirements are subject to change to comply with university policy.

The best point of contact for this program at the university is Dr. Darlene Marnich (