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  • Online Bachelor’s Degree in Education: Non-Certification

    Drexel University’s online BS in Education: Non-Certification takes the education degree out of the classroom and into a larger world context. This degree looks at how theories of teaching and learning can be applied to careers in other fields, preparing you for roles in areas such as instructional design and education nonprofits. This program does not lead to teaching certification; instead, you will focus on taking the pedagogy-based skills you learn and use them to support education-related initiatives.

    What Can I Do with a BS in Education without a Teaching Certificate?

    While many people who earn an education degree go on to become teachers, a BS in Education can prepare you for a wide array of career opportunities outside the classroom. Drexel’s online BS in Education: Non-Certification is designed specifically for those who aren’t seeking formal teacher certification, but instead want to work in education-adjacent fields where a working knowledge of pedagogy and a strong education foundation can help you stand out. The degree is built upon the concept of education as a right and will prepare you to work as an advocate for fair and equitable education policies. Graduates may go on to work in education nonprofits, youth advocacy, instructional design, or training and development, among other areas. The program can also prepare you for graduate study.

    Bachelor's Degree in Education Non-Certification Program Features

    • Gain the skills and knowledge necessary to design, develop, and implement learning environments for a variety of settings
    • Customize your degree with several free electives in areas such as creativity and innovation, learning technologies, special education, or sport coaching leadership
    • Three field experiences, in addition to your online courses, to better prepare you to analyze educational problems and provide viable solutions
    • Flexible schedule lets you learn when it’s convenient for you
    • Learn from the same respected School of Education faculty who teach on campus
    • Transfer up to 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits) from any accredited institution of higher learning as long as the grade is a C or better, and the transfer course meets program requirements
    • Drexel University is proud to be a partner of the PHMC Early Childhood Education Scholarship Programs

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    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    You can transfer up to 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits) from any accredited institution of higher learning as long as the grade is a C or better. Most credits will fulfill liberal arts or general classes. 

    General Education/Content Requirements
    BIO 100 Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology 3.0
    or BIO 161 General Biology I
    BIO 101 Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution 3.0
    or BIO 162 General Biology II
    CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4.0
    COM 111 Principles of Communication 3.0
    ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics 4.0
    ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research 3.0
    or ENGL 111 English Composition I
    ENGL 102 Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing 3.0
    or ENGL 112 English Composition II
    ENGL 103 Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres 3.0
    or ENGL 113 English Composition III
    English (Literature) Elective ** 3.0
    ENVS 260 Environmental Science and Society 3.0
    HIST 275 History of Pennsylvania 3.0
    MATH 171 Introduction to Analysis A 3.0
    MATH 172 Introduction to Analysis B 3.0
    MATH 173 Introduction to Analysis C 3.0
    or MATH 107 Probability and Statistics for Liberal Arts
    MUSC 130 Introduction to Music 3.0
    NFS 100
    & NFS 101
    Nutrition, Foods, and Health
    & Introduction to Nutrition & Food
    PHYS 151 Applied Physics 3.0
    PSY 101 General Psychology I 3.0
    PSY 320 Educational Psychology 3.0
    PSY 330 Cognitive Psychology 3.0
    SOC 335 Sociology of Education 3.0
    EDEX 142 Special Education Foundations: Referral and Assessment 3.0
    EDEX 344 Inclusive Practices 3.0
    EDLT 325 Design for Learning with Digital Media 3.0
    EDPO 312 Educational Policy, Law, & Advocacy 3.0
    EDUC 101 Foundations in Education I: A Historical and Philosophical Perspective 3.0
    EDUC 106 First Year Seminar: A Case of Schools and Cities 1.0
    EDUC 107 First Year Seminar: Exploring Pedagogies 1.0
    EDUC 108 First Year Seminar: Designing Learning Spaces 1.0
    EDUC 122 Development in Early Childhood Education 3.0
    EDUC 123 Adolescent Development 3.0
    EDUC 205 Sophomore Pedagogy Seminar 1.0
    EDUC 210 Early Language Development 3.0
    EDUC 216 Diversity and Today's Teacher 3.0
    EDUC 236 Early Literacy I 3.0
    EDUC 305 Junior Pedagogy Seminar 1.0
    EDUC 306 Assessment of Young Children 3.0
    EDUC 308 Creating a Positive Classroom Climate 3.0
    EDUC 316 Teaching in Urban Contexts 3.0
    EDUC 324 Current Research in Curriculum & Instruction 3.0
    EDUC 326 Language Arts Processes 3.0
    EDUC 335 Engaging the Learner 3.0
    EDUC 338 Expressive Arts for PK-4 3.0
    EDUC 411 Family and Community Partnerships 3.0
    Free Electives 53.0
    Total Credits 180.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • Transfer Students
      • A minimum of 24 previous college semester credits (36 quarter credits) from a regionally accredited institution, with a grade of C or better in content courses, or a grade of B or better in core pedagogy*
      • College GPA of 2.5 or above
    • First-Year Students
      • Between 0 – 23 previous college semester credits from a regionally accredited institution*
      • Must have earned a high school diploma or GED
    • Non-Matriculated Option
      • Drexel University also offers a non-matriculated option, where you can take courses without being enrolled in a degree-granting program.

    *A transcript review will be conducted by a School of Education academic advisor

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
      • Transfer Students
        • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
      • First-Year Students
        • Official high school transcripts
        • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
        • Personal Essay
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2024-2025 is $473 per credit. (A 52% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $985 per credit)

    The 52% tuition savings applies only to new students and cannot be combined with any other tuition benefits available through Drexel University.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


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