Capstone Sequence

Capstone Sequence

Critical reflection and learning

All students in the Educational Studies major enroll in a three-course capstone sequence:

  • B EDUC 399 Capstone Seminar
  • B EDUC 495 Applied Experience
  • B EDUC 499 Capstone Project

Educational Studies majors build a portfolio which encourages them to reflect on Educational Studies Core Themes and make connections between what they have learned in their coursework and accomplished in Applied Experience. Students begin their reflection in B EDUC 399 Capstone Seminar, then apply what they have learned in their coursework in an Applied Experience placement, and complete their portfolio in B EDUC 499. 

B EDUC 399 Capstone Seminar

In the first course of the Educational Studies major capstone sequence, students begin to build a portfolio that showcases their critical reflection and learning related to Educational Studies core themes. Students are encouraged to collect artifacts (previous course papers or projects) relating to these themes and to think and write reflectively on them throughout their course of study.

Students also begin assembling an annotated bibliography that is meant to span the degree and plan for B EDUC 495 Applied Experience.

B EDUC 495 Applied Experience


B EDUC 495 Applied Experience is designed to:

  • be a hands-on, service-learning and professional-development experience
  • integrate the knowledge and skills students have cultivated in Educational Studies courses and Other Department Electives and apply elements of the Educational Studies Major core themes
  • encourage self-reflection on the challenges and opportunities of education in diverse settings

Applied Experience Placement Sites

  • Applied experience placements may be in formal or informal learning environments that fit a students interests and learning and career goals 
  • Placements must allow students to examine the Educational Studies Major core themes
  • Placements must represent diversity (ethnic, cultural, linguistic, religious, gender, socioeconomic status)
  • Students may secure their own placement or work with Community Based Learning and Research to secure a site that fits their needs and interests
  • Possible placements include:
    • UWB MATCH program
    • Neighborhood community centers
    • After-school programs (YMCA, Boys & Girls Club)
    • Public or private school programs
    • Alternative educational settings such as home-school networks, juvenile detention, or social service agencies
    • Museums
    • Educational research projects
    • Experimental teaching in STEM or other professional fields
    • Nonprofit organization with a teaching/learning/professional development component
    • Union or advocacy organization

Applied Experience Requirements

Students must complete 100 hours and 5 credits of Applied Experience

  • Students may extend B EDUC 495 Applied Experience across two quarters by taking take 2 credits (40 hours) one quarter and 3 credits (60 hours) the next (or visa versa)
  • Students have the flexibility to work with their faculty and site supervisor as to what time commitments will be the best for their particular placement.

B EDUC 499 Capstone Seminar

In the final course in the Educational Studies major capstone sequence, students reflect on their Applied Experience placement and complete their capstone portfolio.