Dr. Newton Miller is the Undergraduate Department Chair and Program Chair of the Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies as well as the Bachelor of Arts in English Language Learner Studies in the College of Education at Ashford University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Cheyney University, a Master of Science in Mathematics from Liberty University, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from York College, and a Doctorate in Education Administration from Capella University. Read his full bio.
You may choose to delve into other areas of education studies when you add a specialization to your online teaching degree program. A specialization consists of four (4) courses, each worth three (3) credits. These courses are taught online as part of your degree program. For more detailed information, see the Courses tab. Choose from the following specializations:
Tailor your skills to reach children at all levels. Choose the Child Development specialization for your Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies degree to build awareness and understanding of the natural milestones in child development.
Early Childhood Education
Launch your career as an expert in child development when you select the Early Childhood Education specialization for your Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies degree. Strengthen your skills as an educator for young people.
Education and Public Policy
Take action on behalf of our schools. Choose the Education and Public Policy specialization to develop the knowledge you need to participate and lead policy initiatives.
English Language Learner Studies
Learn how to communicate with the whole world when you choose the English Language Learner specialization in conjunction with your Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies degree. Gain an understanding of the implications of diverse languages for learning and achievement, as well as techniques for teaching English.
Plan for successful lessons when you add the Instructional Design specialization to your Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies. These courses will enable you to evaluate technology and applications for successful learning.
Your courses in this Bachelor of Arts degree program are taught by advance-degreed instructors with real-world experience in the subjects they teach. In addition, you can transfer up to 90 approved credits toward your Bachelor's degree and accelerate your degree completion.
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 CAEP*, TEAC or NCATE accredited, 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.
* The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Alabama Students: Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 334-353-8567 or www.alsde.edu to verify that these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits. State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama’s test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as administrator in a P-12 school system(s). www.alsde.edu.
Georgia Students: An education degree offered through Ashford University's online modality does not lead to teacher licensure in the state of Georgia. In Georgia, an alternative route to certification is not available
Hawaii Students: An education degree offered through Ashford University's online modality does not lead to teacher licensure in the state of Hawaii. In Hawaii, an alternative route to certification is not available.
Kentucky Residents: Please be advised that although Ashford University College of Education offers a variety of programs aimed at preparing potential educators in diverse settings, our K-12 educator preparation programs are NOT accredited in Kentucky by the Education Professional Standards Board and are NOT recognized for initial, additional, or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for K-12 educators in Kentucky. For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board’s website at http://www.epsb.ky.gov/certification/outofstate.asp.
Missouri Students: Contact the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Routes to Certification at 573-751-0051 or at http://dese.mo.gov/eq/cert/routes-to-certification.htm to teacher certification in missouri.com to verify additional coursework and/or other requirements and how those requirements can be met in Missouri.
Washington Residents: This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.
If this program fits your personal and professional goals, contact Ashford University at 866.711.1700 to learn more, or request additional information.