BACHELOR OF ARTS IN COGNITIVE STUDIES

Explore how we learn, solve problems, and make decisions when you earn your Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Studies degree online from Ashford University.

Graduates of this degree program might pursue careers in rehabilitation, special education, or as developmental delay specialists.

Your online courses include such topics as perception, reading, intelligence, and child development. This interdisciplinary degree incorporates psychology, neuroscience, and education.

  • Apply knowledge of brain functioning to teaching and learning
  • Examine cognitive development and the impact of learning across the lifespan
  • Evaluate the unique needs of learners with developmental delays, brain-behavior relationships, and cognitive advances, and programs to address these needs
  • Compare and contrast changes in the child and adult brain over time and the impact on cognitive functioning
  • Integrate ethical, environmental and cultural theories into teaching and learning strategies
  • Investigate an area of cognitive functions and processes using foundational research skills

 

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Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wscuc.org. WSCUC is a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions

An online degree from Ashford University does not lead to immediate teacher licensure in any state. If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are CAEP*, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student’s criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study. All prospective students are advised to visit the Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD) and to contact the licensing body of the state where they are licensed or intend to obtain licensure to verify that these courses qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits in that state prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state’s policies and procedures relating to licensure as those policies are subject to change.

* The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).