Educational Studies Major

Capstone Sequence

Capstone Sequence

Critical reflection and applied 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

Applied Experience requirements, guidelines, and policies 

B EDUC 495 Applied Experience is designed to:

  • be a hands-on, community-based 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

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.