The Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies degree earned online from Ashford University can be a gateway to beginning a career in education.

Your online courses cover topics from phonics and English language learners to curriculum and child development. Learn to adapt instruction to meet the unique needs of diverse learners.

Upon completion of your Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies, you may be able to continue your path to certification with a state-specific program. Each state offers different pathways. You can also choose a specialization to add focus to your degree.

  • Design an effective education curriculum, instruction and assessment to meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Demonstrate knowledge of child and adolescent development in the cognitive, social, physical, and emotional domains
  • Identify the unique educational needs of special learners and adapt curriculum and instruction to meet these needs
  • Apply alignment practices of standards, instruction and assessment to identified academic, district and state standards, goals and priorities as part of the planning and material selection process
  • Apply foundational research skills to a topic of interest in an area of education


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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

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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 accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), 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.