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Online Bachelor’s in Learning & Education Studies | OU Online

12+ MONTHS

$500/CH

Transfer 60-90 CH

5 Start Dates

Excel in an Industry with Strong Demand

With teacher shortages ongoing in Oklahoma and across the country, there is a high demand for skilled educators passionate about making a difference in students' lives. OU’s Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in Learning and Education Studies is a 100% online program that prepares you to excel in a field with critical demand in the workforce. Designed for students who are a minimum of five years post high school/GED or at least 25 years of age and have already completed at least 60 hours of college credit, the learning and education studies program makes finishing your degree and reaching your career goals a possibility.

Admission Deadline

Rolling admissions (applications due 14 days before the intended start date).

Program Start Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer

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Special Scholarship Funding for Adult Learners

A one-time funding opportunity is available to help you finish your degree. 

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Benefits of the Learning and Education Studies Bachelor’s Degree

Finish What You Started

Finish your degree and reach your career goals with a first-class education from the University of Oklahoma. Our flexible online format allows you to complete assignments on your own schedule, leaving more time for what matters to you most. You’ll have support from our experienced faculty and advisors every step of the way.

Strong Career Growth

Oklahoma, along with many other states nationwide, is experiencing teacher shortages. Earning a bachelor’s degree in learning and education studies will prepare you to fill a critical need in the workforce. Your degree makes you eligible to seek alternative certification through the state of Oklahoma which will require the completion of additional state-required coursework, setting you up for further career advancement.

PRIOR LEARNING AND TRANSFER CREDIT

In addition to a generous transfer credit policy, your professional credentials may translate into college credit. Prior learning credit is awarded for college-level learning, balancing theory, and practical application appropriate to the subject. Talk to an enrollment coach about how your past college credits and work credentials can save you time and money.

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80%

OU Online graduates find employment within six months after graduation*

60%+

OU Online graduates report earning an annual salary of $75,000 or more*

78%

OU Online students say the skills they gained in their program made them more competitive in their career field*

*Source: OU Online Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2023

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Pursue Your Learning and Education Studies Degree

Take the next step in your career with a degree from the University of Oklahoma. Applications are reviewed year-round for fall, spring, and summer sessions. Choose your program, choose your start, and apply today.

Program Breakdown

The online Learning and Education Studies bachelor’s degree is designed to accommodate working adults seeking careers in PK-12 education. Offered by the OU College of Professional and Continuing Studies in partnership with the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, the program focuses on teaching effective leadership strategies while deepening your understanding of education, instruction, and various learning environments. You can immediately apply what you are learning in class to the educational context in which you currently work. Your degree makes you eligible to seek alternative certification through the state of Oklahoma which will require the completion of additional state-required coursework.

When admitted into the program, you will be assigned an advisor who creates an individualized graduation plan. This plan will help organize and identify the courses you need for your degree. These courses will total credit hours completed at the upper division (3000-4000).

Manageable Accelerated Courses

All undergraduate courses in this program are eight weeks long. Most students take four courses (or 12 credit hours) a semester – two classes in the first half of the semester and two in the second half. The number of credit hours you take each semester should be discussed with your advisor and reflective of your personal and work schedules.

  • Effective Communication
  • Digital Literacy & Data Analysis
  • Critical Inquiry in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Innovative Problem-Solving
  • Portfolio in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Introduction to Education
  • Development, Motivation, and Learning
  • Learning Environments for Diverse Learners
  • Scaffolded Instruction for All Learners
  • Introduction to Instruction

How to Apply

To apply, students must:

  • Complete the online application at attend.ou.edu
  • Be a minimum of five years post high school graduation/GED or at least 25 years of age by the first day of class
  • Have at least 60 college credit hours completed
  • Have at least a 2.0 GPA
  • Provide official college transcripts from all institutions
  • International students must demonstrate English proficiency

The admissions committee operates under a rolling admission process, and admissions may continue until two weeks before classes start. The committee strives to respond to all applicants within two weeks of submitting a completed application.

For more information on the admissions process or to request a transfer credit evaluation, please schedule a call, and an enrollment coach will be in touch shortly.

If you would like to explore resources to help pay for your degree or compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page. 

Professor Kelly Feille

Students who are committed to the field of education and developing a deep understanding of supporting student learning are the inspiration for what I do. I will never grow tired of working alongside those who seek to empower themselves and others through igniting curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge.

Kelly Feille, Program Director

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Same Academic Excellence

Like every OU Online program, the Learning and Education Studies bachelor’s degree is built on the foundation of world-class University of Oklahoma faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success.

Online Bachelor's Degree FAQ

Yes. The University of Oklahoma’s bachelor’s programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and are created by university staff and faculty. Graduates of online programs receive the same degree designation as students who attend classes on campus. Your diploma will be a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oklahoma.

All OU Online degree programs are regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.*

*Note: Degrees also AACSB-accredited specify so in their corresponding program webpage. OU Online’s B.A. in Integrative Studies and B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies degrees (Organizational Leadership, Business Administration, Healthcare Management, etc.) are not accredited by the AACSB.

To be admitted to an online bachelor’s degree program, students: 

  • Must be a minimum of five years post high school graduation/GED OR at least 25 years of age by the first day of class
  • Must have at least 60 college credit hours completed
  • Must have at least a 2.0 GPA
  • Complete the online application at attend.ou.edu
  • Provide official college transcripts from all institutions 
  • International students must demonstrate English proficiency

Once OU receives all materials, we will begin processing your application. Admissions will email a decision letter to the address listed on the application. The average processing time is 2-3 business days. 

For more information on the admissions process or to request a transfer credit evaluation, please schedule a call, and an admissions counselor will be in touch shortly.

If you do not meet the adult degree completion admissions requirements, the University of Oklahoma offers other degree programs that might be right for you. Schedule a visit with an enrollment coach to discuss your options.

No. Applicants should have at least 60 college credit hours completed, but they do not need an associate degree to be admitted.

Our programs are offered year-round and in eight-week increments. We offer five start dates, with opportunities to begin taking classes in the fall (August or October), spring (January or March), and summer (June).

All programs have a rolling admissions process; however, applicants are encouraged to have their completed applications submitted a minimum of two weeks prior to the start date they intend to begin. Your application is considered complete when we have received official transcripts from all institutions you have attended (academic and military, if applicable). We require a separate transcript from each institution.

Once you apply, we welcome you to submit your information to our Online Transcript Request Form, and we will attempt to order official transcripts from all prior institutions for you. Some institutions do not allow third-party transcript requests. In those cases, you will be contacted and asked to order the official transcript.

To be considered official, transcripts must be enclosed in a sealed envelope and mailed directly from the institution you attended to the following address

The University of Oklahoma
OU Online
Attn: Incoming Transcripts 
1610 Asp Avenue, Room 108 
Norman, OK 73072 

Transcripts may be submitted electronically as long as they are sent directly from the institution you attended to pacsugadmissions@ou.edu. Unfortunately, transcripts submitted through any other method of delivery can’t be accepted as official.

If you would like to compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, you can use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page.

Have Questions?

OU Online has a friendly and knowledgeable team of enrollment coaches ready to guide you through the admissions process. Browse the calendar and schedule a one-on-one meeting that fits your schedule, and an enrollment coach will help answer your questions. 

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An Investment in Your Future

Earning a bachelor’s degree can lead to a 49% increase in salary or more, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The online learning and education studies bachelor’s degree is an investment in yourself, as you’ll follow curriculum designed to prepare you to further your career in education. You’ll also gain an expanded professional network as part of the global OU alumni community.

The program requires 120 credit hours to graduate, and 60-90 of those hours can be transferred to OU from other institutions. For example, if a student transfers in 90 credit hours, only 30 hours at OU are required to complete the degree. At $500 per credit hour, the cost to that student would be $15,000.

Total cost for the degree is $15,000-$30,000, depending on the number of transfer credits.

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Every OU Online program is built on the foundation of world-class faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success.

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When you graduate from an OU Online program, you’ll join the network of 250,000 OU alumni and be forever part of the OU family. Become part of the tradition of excellence that OU has established in its 130-year history.

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