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Literacy, Learning and Leadership

Bachelor of Science

Want to make an impact on education that goes beyond the classroom? This fully online program provides the flexibility and depth you need to start – or finish – your bachelor’s degree.


Learning happens everywhere – not just in the classroom. A bachelor’s in Literacy, Learning and Leadership will prepare you to lead and facilitate learning opportunities outside of traditional learning environments. You’ll use justice-focused principles to create visionary plans that draw out and build upon the knowledge of learners from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

In this program, you build your own path to completion, working with numerous departments at the UA to expand digital literacy, foster social justice, and make a valuable difference in education on a local and global scale. Graduates often find jobs advancing literacy for families and communities, empowering learners from diverse educational environments, and promoting equity and educational access for all learners. You will also prepare to inform educational policy at the national, state and community levels and work in social services, education and outreach.

If you currently work in educational, developmental or nonprofit environments, you may be eligible to apply your employment as internship credit for up to 12 upper-level units toward your degree. The Literacy, Learning and Leadership program also lets you focus on your areas of expertise, such as experiential learning, recreational environments for children, child advocacy programs, and more.

View detailed information for the Community Education emphasis

View detailed information for the Leadership for Equity, Access and Success in Education emphasis

Career Level: Undergraduate
Degree: Bachelor of Science
College: College of Education

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $500
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

Wondering about the specific classes you can take in this program? See the course descriptions below.

  • EDL 322: Organizational Leadership - This course discusses how colleges and universities market to and recruit students, make decisions about providing various academic and social experiences to students, and how leaders within these institutions are selected and why they make or don't make the decisions they do.
  • EDP 314: Learning in Informal Settings - An exploration of what makes non-school learning environments powerful and how we can catalyze cross-setting learning. Sociocultural theories of development, as well as place-based and person-centered learning theories, will serve as a conceptual framework for exploring these settings and experiences.
  • TLS 306: Youth in Diverse Communities - This course discusses cultural practices, schooling, privilege and marginalization that shape youth developmental pathways. Discussion topics include youth studies research, listening deeply to young people's perspectives, youth learning in diverse communities and communities-of-practice, independence/ interdependence, voice, participation, and civic engagement.
  • SERP 400: Survey of Exceptional Students - An introduction to historical, legal, pedagogical, and social issues underlying services in special education and rehabilitation. This course provides an overview of the characteristics of persons with exceptionalities and disabilities as well as the services available.
  • TLS 412: Educating Culturally Diverse Students in a Pluralistic Society - Issues in education associated with the cultural and linguistic pluralism in the United States; analysis of the interaction of school, community, class, cultural, parent involvement, and family factors in the education of diverse populations.
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Earning your Bachelor of Science in Literacy, Learning and Leadership will build core skills, including:

  • child development
  • communication skills
  • curriculum building
  • early childhood education
  • education policy
  • leadership

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