» Integrated Educational Studies at Chapman University


The Integrated Educational Studies (IES) degree program provides students with a comprehensive preparation to be educators in a classroom or community setting. IES students actively design the direction of their education and their future. The program embodies John Dewey’s concept of education as a “freeing of individual capacity in a progressive growth directed to social aims.” We believe education provides students a unique opportunity to be actively involved in elements that create a just democracy.

Students can choose to major or minor in IES and select one of two emphases: Schools or Community. Choosing the Schools Emphasis might lead to starting your own school or teaching in K-12 schools, private academies or charter schools. Choosing the Community Emphasis might lead to working in a non-profit organization, creating tutoring or after-school businesses, working with policy-oriented efforts, working in professional development or teaching in a dance, art, or music studio.

A well-rounded undergraduate program in education should include field experiences and opportunities to study abroad. All IES students have numerous occasions to apply their skills in a variety of practical settings.

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  • Prospective students wishing to pursue a B.A. in Integrated Educational Studies (IES) must be officially accepted in to the program. Integrated Educational Studies majors must meet competitive program admission requirements beyond Chapman University application standards via a second application process. A program admission selection committee consisting of, at a minimum, two academic faculty members will review all applicants and determine final admission status. An applicant can petition another review if denied initial admission.

    Program Learning Outcomes
    1) Leader and change agent
    2) Ethically responsible decision-maker
    3) Learner and scholar
    4) Advocate for inclusive and supportive communities
    5) Facilitator and collaborator

    Core Courses
    All of the following:
    IES 101: Self and Identity
    IES 102: Social Construction of Difference
    IES 103: Philosophy of Helping
    IES 204: Exploring Theories of Learning
    IES 206: Schools in Society
    IES 301: Organizations, Ethics, & Society

    One of the following:
    IES 205: Learning across Boundaries: The Power of Cross Disciplinary Curricula
    IES 207: The Pursuit of Happiness and Knowledge: Walt Disney and Charles Darwin

    Two of the following:
    IES 302: Information, Communication, & Management
    IES 303: Education through Life Transitions
    IES 310: LGBT Issues in Education
    IES 340: Children's Literature & Literacy

    Please note that upon completing 60 credits students will select an emphasis, through which
    they will complete the remainder of their major.

    For more details, consult the current undergraduate catalog.

  • Disability Studies - Open to all majors

    The Disability Studies Minor provides an overview of the interdisciplinary study of disability across the domains of human experience. ­The minor allows students to explore the variety of approaches to understanding disability in personal, social, economic, artistic and political contexts. The minor focuses on issues in the representation, history and interpretation of disability as a social category of human difference rather than issues related to the clinical diagnosis and treatment of impairments.

    Integrated Educational Studies (IES) - Open to majors outside of IES

    The minor in Integrated Educational Studies (IES) is designed for students who want to gain general expertise in the theoretical, structural, psychological and sociocultural aspects of education both in formal settings, such as schools, and informal settings at all stages of development (child-adolescent, adult). Students who intend to teach at the secondary level are encouraged to pursue the Secondary Education minor which is specifically tailored to their preparation.

    Language and Literacy - Open to all majors

    The Language and Literacy minor prepares the candidate with specific content preparation necessary for a career that includes the teaching of English at the elementary or middle grades levels or intensive writing in English in a community education setting. Future high school English teachers who are IES majors in the Schools Emphasis area are strongly encouraged to choose English as a second major or to choose English as their core content minor and Language and Literacy as their second, required minor.

    Secondary Education - Open to majors outside of IES

    The Secondary Education minor is designed for majors in content subject areas, such as mathematics, science, English or other language, and history/social science, which are typically taught in secondary (grades 6-12) schools. ­The Secondary Education minor must be enrolled in a major OUTSIDE of Integrated Educational Studies (IES).

    Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) - Open to all majors, except those in Schmid College

    The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education minor prepares the candidate with a breadth of STEM courses in order to prepare for future careers in education and related STEM fields. Admission to the minor requires approval from the Integrated Education Studies STEM Education advisor.


    IES Program Coordinator

    Dr. Kim Padulo


    Dr. Quaylan Allen

    Dr. Michelle Samura

    Dr. Roxanne Miller

    Dr. Jorge Rodriguez


    Robin Blauvelt


    Heidi Sublette

  • For questions, please contact:

    Kelly McCuen, Administrative Assistant
    ies@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6788