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The Instructional Studies major Lenoir-Rhyne University provides students with a flexible path to a non-licensure education degree and a broad range of instructional opportunities outside the traditional public school classroom. This major also offers students experiences in alternative settings, such as independent or private schools and non-profit organizations. The degree provides rigorous training and clinical experiences to prepare students for a career as an educator in non-public school settings. The B.A. in Instructional Studies is a degree-only program option. This innovative program allows majors to select special areas for emphasis as they prepare for their educational careers: elementary; middle grades; religious development; special populations; or international education.

Like all LR Education programs, this major is designed to furnish cutting edge training in instructional technology. Students will receive exceptional mentoring and support in preparation for professional settings after LR. Job search and placement support is provided for all students.


Teacher preparation is a demanding program that necessarily integrates classroom theory with “real world” application. Successful majors will engage in substantial field experiences in school classrooms. Additionally, they will complete a full-time internship in the final semester of their program. Many opportunities for community or campus service are available throughout the program, such as curriculum development for LR’s “Little Read” program, private tutoring, and numerous other activities through the student organizations in Education.


The education program furnishes extensive job search and placement support for its qualified graduates as they complete their undergraduate programs. Majors may find education positions in private and independent schools, as well as other educational/training positions outside the traditional school systems in non-profit agencies and similar settings.. The Instructional Studies major does not lead to public school teaching licensure, however.


Students may receive a BA degree with a major in Instructional Studies.


Instructional Studies Major Requirements

School of Education Application

Program Contact

Dr. Summer Carrol

Associate Professor of Education
Hickory Campus