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BA in Cognitive Studies

Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for various careers in human development, learning, and counseling. Learn more about this online bachelor's program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Studies

School Offering Program:

Ashford University

Degree Level:

Bachelor's

Program Prerequisites:

Prior courses in psychology, counseling, or education could be helpful before enrolling in Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Studies program. Applicants to Ashford University's programs should be at least 22 years old.

Program Description:

The curriculum of Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Studies program offers foundational and introductory courses in physical brain development, human growth, perception, learning processes, and reading and language comprehension. Topics addressed in program coursework include brain functioning relating to learning and behavior, learning disabilities, intelligence theories, child development from birth up to age eight; cognitive processes in learning and memory, and cognitive adaptation in the elderly. In a capstone course, students demonstrate their understanding of the material covered throughout the program through the development of a final project. It should be noted that this program does not meet licensing or certification requirements in any state.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

120 credit hours.

Financial Aid:

Ashford University offers students several payment options, including cash plans, employer tuition reimbursement, direct employer billing, and military tuition assistance. Qualifying students may be eligible for financial aid.

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

For more information about on-time completion rates, the median loan debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, please visit:

http://ashforddisclosures.com/

Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions.

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.

*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). Please visit ashford.edu for terms and conditions and additional disclosure information related to each education degree program. Alabama, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Washington residents: please see specific state disclosure information.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

Since every student is different, there isn't a "one size fits all" for school information. Start dates and tuition often vary between selected programs, and financial aid opportunities are unique to each student's circumstances. to get the most up-to-date and accurate information based on your selected program and circumstances.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Studies:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Ashford University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • ECE 205: Introduction to Child Development (3 credits)
  • ESE 370: Learning and the Brain (3 credits)
  • EDU 338: Human Development and Learning (3 credits)
  • ESE 315: Survey of Exceptional Students (3 credits)
  • ECE 315: Language Development in Young Children (3 credits)
  • EDU 411: Reading and Cognition (3 credits)
  • EDU 382: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners (3 credits)
  • PSY 317: Cognitive Functioning in the Elderly (3 credits)
  • PSY 323: Perception, Learning, and Cognition (3 credits)
  • EDU 415: Family, Culture, and Intelligence (3 credits)
  • EDU 417: Cognitive Studies Capstone (3 credits)
  • General Education (52 credits)
  • Electives (32 credits)

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

For more information about on-time completion rates, the median loan debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, please visit:

http://ashforddisclosures.com/

Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions.

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.

*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). Please visit ashford.edu for terms and conditions and additional disclosure information related to each education degree program. Alabama, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Washington residents: please see specific state disclosure information.

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Though graduates of Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Studies program could seek employment after earning this degree, some might choose to enhance their knowledge by pursuing a master's degree. A master's degree could in some cases be required for career advancement. An advanced degree might also be required for those interested in teaching at the postsecondary level.

Master's degrees that graduates could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Cognitive Studies
  • Master of Arts in Human Development Counseling

Career Paths:

Completion of Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Studies program could lead to entry into a wide variety of careers. The program's focus on psychology and education as well as neuroscience could qualify graduates for employment in counseling, teaching, or engineering positions. Depending on a graduate's career path, licensure or certification may be required in some states.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Rehabilitation specialist
  • Developmental delay specialist
  • Social and human services assistant
  • Patient care specialist
  • Mental health assistant
  • Behavioral health technician
  • Instructional designer

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

For more information about on-time completion rates, the median loan debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, please visit:

http://ashforddisclosures.com/

Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions.

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.

*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). Please visit ashford.edu for terms and conditions and additional disclosure information related to each education degree program. Alabama, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Washington residents: please see specific state disclosure information.