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Liberal Studies

Longwood's Liberal Studies program seeks to develop today's teachers. Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary program used to prepare students to teach in Elementary grades (N,K-6), Middle grades (6-8), Elementary Grades, or in Special Education. Longwood's Liberal Studies provides the main background taught in Elementary and Middle Schools: social sciences, language arts, mathematics, and the sciences. Faculty across Longwood's campus in juxtaposition with the College of Education and Human Services providing majors with a solid knowledge and preparation for their time in their chosen career fields. Liberal Arts provides eight concentrations for the undergraduate Liberal Arts degree, including elementary endorsement (K-6), middle school endorsement (6-8), secondary art and science majors, all level (N.K-12), special education endorsement, add-on endorsements (6-12), and add-on endorsement (N. K-12). Secondary Art & Science majors include sub-disciplines: biology, chemistry, computer science, English, history, mathematics, physics, political science, and theatre arts. Longwood's Education department offers teacher preparation in art, instrumental music, modern languages: French, German, and Spanish, physical and health education, and vocal/choral music in each of grade level to be taught. Liberal Studies Special Education endorsement includes both Liberal Studies course in mathematics, social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities, along with special education courses. Art& Sciences endorsements for grades 6-12, and N. and K-12 allowing majors to add a second endorsement to a teaching license completing degree and teacher education requirements.

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Career Fields associated with Liberal Studies Majors:

  • Adult Education Teacher
  • Education Consultant
  • School Social Worker
  • Elementary Consultant
  • Assistant Principal School
  • Superintendent
  • Business Education Teacher
  • Financial Aid Director
  • Secondary Teacher
  • Christian Education Worker
  • 4-H Agent
  • Special Education Teacher
  • College Dean Librarian Teacher (ESL)
  • College President
  • Peace Corps/VISTA Volunteer
  • Textbook Writer
  • College Teacher
  • Personnel Director
  • Trainer (Educational)
  • Counselor
  • Preschool Director
  • Tutor
  • Director of Admissions
  • Principal
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Director of Guidance
  • Registrar
  • Vocational/Technical Teacher
  • Director of Student Affairs
  • School Psychologist

Related Skills:

  • Ability to persuade and influence others
  • Proficiency in interpersonal communications
  • Intellectual capacity to perform well in most undergraduate and graduate curriculums
  • Proficiency in one or more specialized areas
  • Ability to solve problems and make appropriate decisions
  • Aptitude for leadership
  • Understanding of educational theories and practices
  • Ability to communicate ideas, facts and abstract concepts to others
  • Ability to relate to and interact with people of differing personalities and backgrounds

Personal attributes associated with Liberal Studies:

  • Desire to help others to learn and succeed
  • Achievement
  • Recognition and appreciation from others
  • Intellectual Growth
  • Fondness for and dedication to human potential
  • Sensitive, warm, and friendly attitude
  • Thirst for knowledge and understanding
  • Patience
  • Endurance
  • Integrity
  • Enthusiasm
  • Tactfulness
  • Objectivity
  • Kindness
  • Value people
  • Good communication
  • Adaptable

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For more information on any of these career options, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.