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Liberal Studies

Dr. Enza McCauley, Program Coordinator

LIBERAL STUDIES MAJOR AND TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAM

The Liberal Studies program has been designed for students seeking licensure to teach multiple subjects in Elementary, Middle or Special Education. The major in Liberal Studies provides a solid background in the main content areas taught in Elementary and Middle Schools: the language arts, social sciences, mathematics, and the sciences. Faculty from a variety of Arts and Sciences disciplines have worked with faculty from the College of Education and Human Services to develop the program and coordinate it with the sequences of education courses leading to Elementary (P,K-6), Middle (6-8) and Special Education licensure. The program is also intended to develop broadly informed individuals who understand contemporary issues, and will provide civic and professional leadership.

*** Students who decide not to seek a teaching license after beginning the program can complete the major by adding a minor in any Arts and Sciences discipline or in Economics.

Since the Liberal Studies major and most of the Education Course sequence are required in common for both elementary and middle school endorsements, students wishing to teach are encouraged to consider seeking both endorsements simultaneously. Separate licensure is, however, available for either elementary (PK-6) or middle grades (6-8).

Every attempt has been made to state the major and minor requirements as clearly as possible. However, every student majoring in the program must maintain close communication with an academic advisor to plan and schedule the program. Faculty in the program are also happy to assist each student in this and in defining career goals and expectations.

The major in Liberal Studies is housed in the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences. Students interested in discussing or enrolling in the program should consult with the Program Coordinator.

NOTE: The program does not guarantee that all of the courses listed will be offered every semester.

LIBERAL STUDIES MAJOR, BA or BS

A. General Education Core Requirements/41 credits

Goal 12: Sociology 320 required
Goal 13: Philosophy 308 required
Goal 15: Satisfied by EDUC 370 practicum or an internship in the minor.

POSC 150 will meet Goal 8 and is required for teaching licensure.

B. Additional Degree Requirements for the BA and BS are included in the major. Students seeking the BA may take Modern Language at the 202 level or above for the three-credit elective in the program.

C. LIBERAL STUDIES MAJOR, Elementary Endorsement (PK-6)/47 credits

HUMANITIES/9-12 credits

ENGL 380 Children's Literature/3 credits
ENGL 382 Traditional and Modern Grammar/3 credits
ENGL 483 Writing: Theory and Practice in the Elementary School/3 credits
PHIL 308 Introduction to Ethics/3 credits
(Required for licensure and satisfies General Education Goal 13)

NATURAL SCIENCES/11 credits

BIOL 114 Fundamentals Life Science/4 credits
CHEM 100 Chemistry for Educators/2 credits
PHYS 100 Physics for Educators/2 credits
EASC 300 The Dynamic Planet/3 credits

SOCIAL SCIENCES/9-15 credits

GEOG 241 or GEOG 352 Cultural Geography or World Regional/3 credits
HIST 221 U.S. History to 1877/3 credits
HIST 222 U.S. History since 1877/3 credits
POSC 150 American Government /3 credits
(Required for licensure and satisfies General Education Goal 8)
SOCL 320
Sociology of Education/3 credits
(Required for the major and satisfies General Education Goal 12)

MATHEMATICS/9 credits

MATH 309 Numeration Systems/3 credits
MATH 310 Functions, Probability, and Statistics/3 credits
MATH 313 Geometry and Reasoning/3 credits

FINE ARTS/ 3 credits

ART 448 Integrated Arts - Art/3 credits
MUSC 448 Integrated Arts - Music/3 credits
THEA 448 Integrated Arts - Theatre/3 credits

HEALTH / KINESIOLOGY/3 credits

KINS 389 Health and Physical Education for Elementary Classroom Teachers/3 credits

ELECTIVE/ 3 credits from the following:

ART 341 Art Education in the Elementary Classroom/3 credits
ECON 115 Economics for Educators/3 credits
MATH 330/ SCED 330 Integration of Mathematics and Science Principles/3 credits
MATH 430 Teaching Middle School Mathematics/3 credits
MUSC 441 Elementary School Methods & Materials/3 credits
THEA 443 Creative Dramatics for the Classroom/3 credits
MOLA 202 (French, German, Spanish)/3 credits (for BA degree)

D. EDUCATION/40 credits

EDUC 245 Human Growth and Development/3 credits
EDUC 260 Introduction to the Teaching Profession/2 credits
EDUC 380 Classroom Assessment/2 credits
EDUC 381  Media and Technology/1 credit
EDUC 265  Practicum I - Primary or Middle School level/3 credits. (First summer session at end of freshman or sophomore year)
EDUC 370 Practicum II - Primary or Middle School Level/3 credits (Prerequisite: EDUC 265) (First summer session at end of sophomore or junior year)

PARTNERSHIP SEMESTER/14 credits
Second semester junior or first semester senior year.
EDUC 425 Intro to Teaching Reading and Language Arts/2 credits
EDUC 426 Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School (PK-6)/2 credits
EDUC 450 Principles of Instruction (PK-8)/2 credits
EDUC 451 Curriculum in the Elementary School (PK-6)/2 credits
EDUC 487 Classroom Management and System Issues/3 credits
SPED 489 Survey of Exceptional Children/3 credits

* Note: Students must be admitted to the Teacher Prep program before they will be permitted to enroll in any 300-400 level EDUC courses.

Professional Semester:

EDUC 400 or EDUC 401 Directed Teaching in the Elementary and Middle School or  Directed Teaching in the Elementary School /11 credits
EDUC 488 Education Seminar/1 credit

E. LIBERAL STUDIES MAJOR, ENDORSEMENT TO TEACH BOTH ELEMENTARY (PK-6) AND MIDDLE GRADES (6-8)/55-62 credits
Since most courses required for middle school endorsement are also required for elementary endorsement, students are encouraged to consider seeking both simultaneously. Students seeking the elementary endorsement who wish to add an endorsement to teach at the middle school level, grades 6-8, must complete the following in addition to the Liberal Studies and Education courses above:

EDUC 427 Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Middle School Grades (6-8)/2 credits
EDUC 452 Curriculum in the Middle School (6-8)/2 credits

Designated courses in two of the following subject areas:

HUMANITIES/9 credits

ENGL 350 Introduction to Linguistics/3 credits
ENGL 381 Young Adult Literature/3 credits
ENGL 479 Writing: Theory and Practice for the Middle, Secondary, and College Classroom/3 credits
(should be taken in place of ENGL 483)

MATHEMATICS/6-10 credits

MATH 181 Finite Mathematics/3 credits
MATH 430 Teaching Middle School Mathematics/3 credits (Can be counted as the approved elective in the Liberal Studies major)
MATH 164 or MATH 261 Precalculus/ 3 credits or  Differential and Integral Calculus/4 credits (Required for licensure and satisfies General Education Goal 5)

NATURAL SCIENCE/0-4 credits

CHEM 101  General Chemistry/4 credits
(Required for licensure and satisfies General Education Goal 6)

SOCIAL SCIENCE/3 credits

HIST 110 Modern Western Civilization/3 credits
HIST 100 Foundations of Western Civilization/3 credits
(Required for licensure and satisfies General Education Goal 7)

F. LIBERAL STUDIES MAJOR, MIDDLE SCHOOL ENDORSEMENT ONLY (Grades 6-8: Two subjects)/36-44 credits
Candidates for Middle School licensure only must have concentrations in two of the following areas: English, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. They must also have a required minimum number of courses in the areas in which they do not concentrate. The following lists requirements for candidates concentrating and not concentrating in each of the four areas:

HUMANITIES:

CONCENTRATORS/12-15 credits
ENGL 350 Linguistics/3 credits
ENGL 381 Young Adult Literature/3 credits
ENGL 382 Traditional and Modern Grammar/3 credits
ENGL 479 Writing: Theory and Practice for the Middle, Secondary and College Classroom/3 credits
PHIL 308 Introduction to Ethics /3 credits
(Required for licensure and satisfies General Education Goal 13)

NONCONCENTRATORS/3 credits
ENGL 350 or 382 or 479

MATHEMATICS:

CONCENTRATORS/18 credits
MATH181 Finite Mathematics/3 credits
MATH 309 Numeration Systems/3 credits
MATH 310 Functions, Probability, and Statistics/3 credits
MATH 313 or MATH 335 Geometry and Reasoning or Geometry/3 credits
MATH 430 Teaching Middle School Mathematics/3 credits
CMSC 121 or Introduction to Computer Science/3 credits or
CMSC 204 Introduction to Programming/3 credits

NONCONCENTRATORS/3-6 credits
MATH 310 Functions, Probability, and Statistics/3 credits
MATH 164 Precalculus/3 credits (Required for licensure and satisfies General Education Goal 5)

NATURAL SCIENCES:

CONCENTRATORS/11-15 credits
BIOL 114 Fundamentals of Life Science/4 credits
CHEM 100 Chemistry for Educators/2 credits
PHYS 100 Physics for Educators/2 credits
EASC 300 The Dynamic Planet/3 credits
CHEM 101 General Chemistry/4 credits (Required for licensure and satisfies General Education Goal 6)

NONCONCENTRATORS/7-8 credits
BIOL 114  Life Science/4 credits
CHEM 100 PHYS 100 or EASC 300  Chemistry for Educators/2 credits Physics for Educators/2 credits or Dynamic Planet/3 credits

SOCIAL SCIENCES

CONCENTRATORS/15-18 credits
HIST 110 Modern Western Civilization/3 credits
GEOG 241 or Cultural Geography/3 credits or
GEOG 352 World Regional/3 credits
HIST 221 U.S. History to 1877/3 credits
HIST 222 U.S. History since 1877/3 credits
ECON 111 or ECON 115 Contemporary Issues and Social Policy or Economics for Educators/3 credits
HIST 100 Foundations of Western Civilization/3 credits
(Required for licensure and satisfies General Education Goal 7)
POSC 150 American Government /3 credits
(Required for licensure and satisfies General Education Goal 8)
SOCL 320 Sociology of Education/3 credits
(Required for the major and satisfies General Education Goal 12)

NONCONCENTRATORS /6 credits
Six (6) credit hours beyond General Education from the list above.

EDUCATION/40 credits
Candidates for Middle Grades Licensure only must complete the following Education courses:

Required Courses/14 credits
EDUC 245 Human Growth and Development/3 credits
EDUC 260 Introduction to the Teaching Profession/2 credits
EDUC 380 Classroom Assessment/2 credits
EDUC 381 Media and Technology/1 credit
EDUC 265 Practicum I /3 credits (First summer session at end of freshman or sophomore year)
EDUC 370 Practicum II/3 credits (Prereq: EDUC 265)
First summer at end of sophomore or junior year)

Partnership Semester/14 credits
EDUC 425 Intro to Teaching Reading and Language Arts/2 credits
EDUC 427 Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Middle School Grades (6-8)/2 credits
EDUC 450 Principles of Instruction (N,K-8)/2 credits
EDUC 452 Curriculum in the Middle School (6-8)/2 credits
EDUC 487 Classroom Management and System Issues/3 credits
SPED 489 Survey of Exceptional Children/3 credits

Professional Semester/12 credits
EDUC 405 Directed Teaching in the Middle School / 11 credits
EDUC 488 Education Seminar/1 credit

* Students must be admitted to the Teacher Prep program before they will be permitted to enroll in any 300-400 level EDUC course.

G. SPECIAL EDUCATION ENDORSEMENT (L/D, E/BD, Mild MR), grades N,K-12/41 credits
Students desiring to teach Special Education on the K-12 level will need to complete the five-year Liberal Studies/Special Education degree programs. The Liberal Studies major for Special Education is the same as the major for Elementary Education, and students should follow the General Education and Liberal Studies major guidelines in the Elementary Education section. A BA or BS degree in Liberal Studies will be awarded upon completion of the fourth year and a M.S. degree in Special Education will be awarded upon completion of the fifth year. Students will not be endorsed to teach special education until the completion of the fifth year.

See Special Education requirements in the College of Education and Human Services section of this catalog.

H. MINOR/18-24 credits
Students who decide not to seek a teaching endorsement after beginning the program must select a minor in one of the Arts and Sciences disciplines or in Economics. At least six credits in the Minor must be at the 300/400 level. Students selecting this option may substitute a 3 credit Humanities course at the 300/400 level for ENGL 380 and a 3 credit Sociology course at the 300/400 level for SOCL 320. Electives 10-16 credits.

I. TOTAL/120-142 credits
Total credits required for a BA or BS with Elementary Teaching Endorsement/128
Total credits required for a BA or BS with Elementary and Middle School Teaching Endorsements/133-142
Total credits required for a BA or BS with Middle School Teaching Endorsement in two concentrations/120-125
Total credits required for a BA or BS with Special Education Teaching Endorsement/127
Total credits required for a BA or BS with a Minor in an Arts and Sciences discipline or Economics/