Applied Studies Major: Education and Training Option (B.S.)

This option is designed for students with an area of technical or other specific expertise who wish to train or teach adults. Courses in this option focus on adult learning and the theory and practice of teaching adults. An Associate Degree in an applied field from a regionally accredited college or the equivalent is the required foundation for this program.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 120 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 30 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 is required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: General Education Program
Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*GPA: Major and any state certification GPA requirements may be higher and are indicated in program details.
A minimum grade of C- is required in all Major coursework. Some programs may have higher grade requirements for Major coursework as noted in the Major requirements section below. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor, and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor. Please note that Option requirements are considered part of the Major. Students must complete 16 upper-level credits in majors within the College of Professional Studies, Online.

General Education Program Requirements

A minimum grade of D- is required in all General Education coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor.

All General Education requirements, including CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking and IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar, must be taken prior to the capstone.

ENG 420The Writing Process4
COM 460Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics4
COM 480Visual Communication4
CRIT 501Introduction to Critical Inquiry4
Select one of the following:4
Math for Our World
Knowledge of Human Behavior & Social Systems4
Knowledge of the Physical & Natural World4
Knowledge of Human Thought & Expression4
CRIT 602Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking4
IDIS 601Interdisciplinary Seminar4
Total Credits40

Writing Program Requirements

All bachelor's degree candidates are required to complete four writing intensive courses as part of the University Writing Program Requirements as follows:

The Writing Process
One Writing Intensive course in the Major
One Writing Intensive course at the 600-level or above
One Additional Writing Intensive Course

Writing Intensive courses are identified with the label "Writing Intensive Course" in the "Attributes" section of the course description and/or a W following the course number.

Major Requirements 

Prerequisite: Must have completed an associate degree or equivalent in a related applied discipline aligning with Education & Training

Prior to capstone enrollment, students are expected to complete the majority of their required major courses along with CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking and IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar. Students should consult with their advisor regarding specific major courses that may be completed with their capstone. Academic Advisor approval is required for registration to be processed.

Major in Applied Studies-Education and Training
Intermediate Courses
INST 701Teaching and Learning in Adulthood4
INST 702The Learning Workplace4
Advanced Courses
INST 703Instructional Design and Interactive Learning4
PSY 646Psychology of Occupational Stress4
INST 797Program Development and Learning4
Total Credits20


Open electives are courses students will need to take in addition to their general education and major requirements in order to satisfy the remaining credit totals for their programs. Open electives are defined as any credit course offered by the College not already included in the student's general education, major, option or minor. Students will need 120 credits total to graduate with a bachelor's degree from the Online Division of the College of Professional Studies.

This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH CPS Online undergraduate students should develop individual academic plans with their academic advisor during their first year at UNH.

Sample Course Sequence - for students with conferred associate degree

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking 4
INST 701 Teaching and Learning in Adulthood 4
Elective 4
Elective 4
INST 702 The Learning Workplace 4
PSY 646 Psychology of Occupational Stress 4
Elective 4
Elective 4
Second Year
IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar 4
INST 703 Instructional Design and Interactive Learning 4
Elective 4
Elective 4
INST 797 Program Development and Learning 4
Elective 4
Elective 4
 Total Credits60
  • Attain proficiency in the concepts, theories, and methods of inquiry pertinent to education and training of adults.
  • Design teaching or training that integrates knowledge of an applied field with adult learning and theory.
  • Apply ethical principles that inform the practice of teaching adults.