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American Education Studies

Study the American Education System as an Urbana University Student

So how exactly does the education system in America work? How do students learn? Is it different than other countries? Students, teachers, parents, administrators, psychologists and many other members of society all have opinions on the education system, its successes and failures, its strengths and its faults.   

Ideal for international students, this program teaches you how the American education system works through firsthand experience with public school students, educational research and best practices so you can bring that specialized knowledge back to your home country. If you have an interest in education or in education-related programs such as law, social work, psychology, educational research, policy and leadership our American Education Studies major may be the perfect fit for you.

Enhance Your Study Abroad with Urbana’s Mentoring Program

You can earn a college degree anywhere – but you won’t find the same quality mentoring experience that you’ll find at Urbana University. Our American Education Studies major teaches you the fundamentals – and lets you roll up your sleeves and put that knowledge into practice with valuable field experiences.


Prepare for Broad Social Learning Roles or Graduate School

American Education Studies is designed specifically around the needs of international students who come to the United States to study. Graduates in American Education Studies have career options as trainers, tutors, historical interpreters or could attend graduate school for further studies in law, social work, education, policy and leadership.

Program Outcomes

  1. Program completers will be able to identify and describe student milestones and related variations in all domains of student development.

  2. Program completers will be able to create engaging instruction that leads students to take ownership in learning.

  3. Program completers will be able to match instructional methodologies to students' needs and progress.

  4. Program completers will be able to create learning goals, objectives, and strategies aligned with specific standards and district priorities.

  5. Program completers will demonstrate the ability to establish a classroom culture this is inclusive to all students.

  6. Program completers will be able to help their students make significant connections with various aspects of the subject matter and other topics within their area of licensure in authentic and technology-related ways.

  7. Program completers will be able to identify ethical dilemmas, legal disparities, and policy gaps on district and state levels, and apply solutions within the appropriate parameters.

Undergraduate Studies Admission Requirements

Each applicant seeking admission to Urbana University is individually evaluated. Factors considered are past academic achievement, aptitude, extracurricular activities, and any additional evidence supporting the prospect of academic success.

To qualify for admission, applicants seeking an associate or bachelor's degree must present evidence of high school completion in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicants academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests. Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for first-time freshmen. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum standardized test scores used for placement in University courses may be required to undergo placement testing.

Undergraduate admission requirements and materials:

A student who meets at least one of the following criteria is eligible for admission as a degree-seeking student:

  • Has provided official documentation of graduation from an accredited high school or its equivalent (see documentation required below), or
  • Has an associate, bachelor or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, an institution recognized as a candidate for accreditation, or an institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation

Documentation required:

1. Documentation of high school graduation or equivalence is required for applicants who are transferring fewer than 24 semester hours that apply towards a degree.

2. If the student has transferable hours of 24 credit hours or more from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, then they will not have to provide a high school diploma or equivalence. Acceptable forms of documentation of high school graduation or high school equivalence for undergraduate admission must include one of the following:

  • Official high school transcript listing the date of graduation
  • Official GED certificate
  • Official documentation of having passed a State High School Equivalency examination
  • Official documentation of a home school completion certificate/transcript
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions (college, universities, professional schools, etc.) attended

3. Any applicant seeking to be a first-time freshman undergraduate degree-seeking students at Urbana University must supply standardized test scores (ACT SAT) to be used for placement in courses., to determine athletic eligibility, and/or determine institutional scholarship qualification.

At any time the University may require an applicant to meet with the Admissions Committee to address questions that arise in the application review process. If an applicant requests transfer credit, official transcripts from any other regionally accredited institution are required.

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