Bachelor of Liberal Studies – Educational Studies Minor

Your pathway to online degree completion

Next Session Start Date:

Apply by: 06/11/24

Document Deadline: 06/14/24

Confirmation Deadline: 06/21/24

Start Session: 07/01/24

Program Overview

Learn what our online Bachelor of Liberal Studies – Educational Studies Minor program offers

The online Bachelor of Liberal Studies – Educational Studies Minor program gives you the opportunity to pursue a broad range of interests while working toward your goal of being equipped to prepare learners for success. You will work closely with your academic advisor and faculty to determine if your work history and previous college experience count toward your UMPI online degree.

This accredited online educational program is a flexible, affordable path that prepares you to advance into higher positions within schools and other organizations. You will learn the most effective and efficient classroom management strategies, techniques for planning lessons, and how to incorporate playful learning to literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies. You will also spend time focusing on the nature and characteristics of learning differences and behavioral problems of students with special needs who participate in a general education classroom. Coursework is 100% online, and experiential learning activities provide you with the expertise employers seek.

What Is Competency-Based Education?

Designed to leverage your previous knowledge, college coursework, and work experience, competency-based education enables you to earn your degree at your pace as you demonstrate mastery of relevant academic content.

How our YourPace online programs save you time and money:

  • Prove your knowledge, move ahead—the faster you advance, the more you save
  • Flat tuition rate per 8-week session, no matter how many courses you complete
  • With no weekly deadlines, you control the speed of completion

The University of Maine at Presque Isle is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

As a graduate of this online educational studies program, you will be able to:

  • Pursue an array of careers in the private and public sectors and informal education paths within for-profit and non-profit organizations
  • Incorporate technology into the instructional process
  • Develop and implement instructional strategies
  • Apply Educational Minor courses to teacher recertification and/or CPE credit

Career opportunities include:

  • Children and Community Outreach
  • Literacy Program Development
  • Youth Leadership Program Manager
  • Tutor
  • At-Risk Program Manager
  • Early Childhood Education (Non-Certificate)
  • School Administration
  • School Board Member
  • Daycare Administration
  • Paraprofessional/Education Technician

Also available:

$1,500* per session

Flat-Rate Tuition

12 months**



Credit Hours

UMPI is ranked among the Top 10 Regional Colleges in the North for graduates with the least debt. – U.S. News & World Report, 2023.

“The beauty of this learning format is I can start another CBE while finishing up the final for another, therefore not slowing down my progress or pace.”

-David Falls -UMPI YourPace Online Student Student


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Our affordable program tuition includes fees

Our BLS – Educational Studies Minor online program offers highly affordable tuition with a flat rate regardless of how many courses you complete each session, with no hidden fees or extra textbook costs. The faster you finish, the more you save!

*Tuition and fees are subject to change

Tuition breakdown:

$1,500* per session

Flat-Rate Tuition


Dates you need to know

There are six opportunities throughout the year to begin our YourPace online program. Find the start date below that works best for you and apply before the application deadline. Please note, application and document deadlines are the same. UMPI must receive all documents including official transcripts by the document deadline to be considered. Transcripts can often take 10 or more business days from the request date to be received by UMPI, please plan accordingly.

TermApp DeadlineDocument DeadlineConfirmation DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineStart DateClass End DateTerm Length
Spring 202/06/2402/09/2402/16/2403/05/2403/07/2403/11/2405/03/248 weeks
Summer 104/02/2404/05/2404/12/2404/30/2405/02/2405/06/2406/28/248 weeks
Summer 206/11/2406/14/2406/21/2406/25/2406/27/2407/01/2408/23/248 weeks
Fall 107/26/2408/02/2408/09/2408/27/2408/29/2409/03/2410/25/248 weeks
Fall 209/20/2409/27/2410/04/2410/22/2410/24/2410/28/2412/20/248 weeks

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Requirements for this online educational studies program

We’ve made the admission process simple and streamlined so it’s easier for you to get started. Students who wish to earn their BLS – Educational Studies YourPace online degree from UMPI should have the equivalent of a high school diploma and possess some prior college credit and/or work experience.

Admission Requirements:

No Application Fee

Minimum 1.75 GPA

Admissions Requirements and Guidelines for Undergraduate Programs

  • Students must be 20 years of age at the time of application.
  • High school diploma or equivalent (e.g., HiSet, GED)
  • Minimum cumulative college of GPA 1.75 from most recently attended institution
    • Submission of all official transcripts:Transcripts are only considered official if they are sent directly to UMPI from the granting institution or their electronic ordering service. Student-submitted transcripts are not accepted.
    • College credits with a cumulative GPA of less than a 1.75 must also submit a resume to indicate activities and experience post high school diploma (or equivalent). An interview may be required.
  • Students who do not have any college credits must submit the following:
    • Provide high school transcript, high school equivalency test (HiSet), or GED
    • A resume to indicate activities and experience post high school diploma (or equivalent)

Instructions for international students:

  • Submit Transcripts for Credential Evaluations
    • At UMPI, we require all international applicants to submit a credential evaluation report for high school and university transcripts because we do not do evaluations in-house. (There are a few exceptions; please see below for details.) There is a fee for this process that can range from around $85 to over $275 (if you have transfer credit). This evaluation report will translate your grades into US equivalencies.
    • If you are planning on using another provider, they must be endorsed by NACES or  AICE
    • What evaluation should I order?
      • Course-by-course evaluation: students with college/university work completed outside of the United States.
      • Course-by-course evaluation: students with a high school transcript AND advanced level work; advanced level work could include A-levels, CXC’s, CAPE exams, etc.
      • Document-by-document evaluation: students with only a high school transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency
    • All international students are required to show proof of English language proficiency. There are several ways an international student can do this.

Note: If you are using WES and are from the Caribbean, CXC results need to be sent directly to WES from CXC ( China Credentials Verification (CSSD) evaluations cannot be considered. The length of time an evaluation will take varies so please plan accordingly.

Additional guidelines for international applicants may be found here.

**Student under 20 years of age do not meet the requirements for the YourPace programs. We do offer other programs that may meet your needs. If you would like more information about our traditional programs, please visit You can also reach out to the Admissions Office at or by calling 207.768.9433.

Institutions and third-party vendors may submit official documents such as official transcripts and English proficiency exam score reports to:

Mailing Address:

Application Processing Center
PO Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412


Take a look at the topics in your online liberal studies courses

To earn your BLS – Educational Studies Minor, you need to complete 120 credit hours of coursework. Each course is built around a series of competencies. Once you have mastered the series, you complete the course. Using our personalized learning model, we look at your past college credit, prior learning, and work experience to create your custom degree plan.

The program includes 40 credit hours of general education courses, 24 credit hours of Educational Minor core courses, and 56 credit hours of electives.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

A study of the psychological, sociological, and historical foundations of education and an examination of current educational trends, policies, and programs. Areas of study include teaching as a career, educational aspects of diversity, multiple intelligences and teaching strategies, forms of assessment, proficiency-based education, and an introduction to state and national standards.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

Edu 152 or instructor permission. A study of the social, political, philosophical, economic, and legal foundations of contemporary education and an examination of current educational trends, policies, and programs. Areas of study include teaching as a career, school laws, governance of schools, school problems, educational ideologies, and development of an educational philosophy.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

The course builds foundational knowledge of learning, human development and motivation through exploration of theories and principles. Students will then gain knowledge of multiple learning strategies, instructional models, and classroom management techniques, and apply their knowledge and skill in the planning of lessons within the context of a larger unit of instruction.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

This advanced education course focuses on students with special needs who are placed in general education classrooms. The characteristics and educational needs of exceptional and diverse learners are covered. An introduction to special education regulations governing the provision of services to students with special needs is provided. Practical strategies for modifying curriculum and differentiating instruction are presented.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

This course strengthens knowledge and application of instructional design in a proficiency-based system. We explore foundational methods for effective assessment design and grading, the complementary relationship of assessment and instruction, and creation of learning environments that foster self-reflection and growth. We cultivate the skills and dispositions of collaboration among colleagues.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

While grounded in current research and learning theory, this course is about methods and strategies for effective and efficient classroom management from three perspectives: behavioral, social responsibility, and instructional strategies.

Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3

The study of all phases of children’s literature for the elementary grades including the history, criteria for judging children’s books, and knowledge of leading authors and illustrators. Participation in a practicum to develop theoretical applications.

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*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

**Time to completion varies by student and is based on several factors including prior college coursework, relevant work experience, amount of time dedicated to studying, and the number of courses completed each session.