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LIBERAL STUDIES

Frank Howe, Ellery Sedgwick, Program Coordinators
Ellery Sedgwick, Advising Coordinator  

LIBERAL STUDIES MAJOR AND TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM  

The Liberal Studies program has been designed primarily 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 areas taught in Elementary and Middle Schools: the social sciences, language arts, mathematics, and the sciences.  Faculty from a variety of Arts and Sciences disciplines have worked with faculty from the School of Education to develop the program and coordinate it with the sequences of education courses leading to Elementary (N,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 not seeking licensure can complete the major by adding a minor in any Arts or Sciences discipline or in Economics.   

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. The 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 administered through the Office of the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Students interested in discussing or enrolling in the program should consult with a program coordinator or the Chair of the Education Department.   

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

LIBERAL STUDIES MAJOR, B.A., B.S.  

A. General Education Core Requirements.  33 credits 
See General Education Requirements   
B.

Additional Degree Requirements for the B.A. degree. 9 credits.
(Note: 6 hours of Humanities included in major and 3 hours of  any modern language at the 202 level or above is an approved major elective)   

Additional Degree Requirements for the B.S. degree. 10 credits. 
(Note: 3 hours of Mathematics, 3 hours of Social science, and 4 hours of Natural Science all included  in the major requirements below.)  

C.  Major Requirements. 53-54 credits
HUMANITIES/11 credits
PHIL 307 Moral Issues and Perspectives/2 credits
ENGL 380 Children’s Literature/3credits
ENGL 382 Traditional and Modern Grammar/3 credits
ENGL 483 Writing: Theory and Practice/3 credits

 

NATURAL SCIENCES/15 credits
BIOL 112 Fundamentals of Botany/4credits
BIOL 113 Fundamentals of Zoology/4 credits
EASC 101 Physical Science/4 credits
EASC 300 The Dynamic Planet/3 credits
(CHEM 101 recommended for Goal 5 of General Education.) 

 

SOCIAL SCIENCES/15 credits
POSC 150 American Government Systems/3 credits
GEOG 241 Cultural Geography
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
SOCL 320 Sociology of Education/3 credits
(SOCL 101 or 102 recommended for Goal 8 of General Education.)

 

MATHEMATICS/9-12 credits
MATH 309 Numeration Systems/3 credits
MATH 310 Functions, Probability, and Statistics/3 credits
MATH 313 Geometry and Reasoning/3 credits
(CMSC 121 recommended for Goal 4 of General Education.) 

 

ELECTIVE/three (3) credits from the following: 
ART 341 Art Education/3 credits
ECON 115 Economics for Educators/3 credits
MATH/SCED 330 Integration of Mathematics and Science Principles/3 credits
MUSC 441 Music Methods/3 credits
THEA 250 Creative Dramatics for the Classroom/3 credits
MOLA 202       (French, German, Spanish)/3 credits (for B.A. degree) 

D.         Elementary Endorsement Requirements

The 40-credit Elementary School program consists of the following education courses:             

EDUC 245 Human Growth and Development/3 credits
EDUC 260 Introduction to the Teaching Profession/2credits
EDUC 299 Application for Teacher Preparation/0 credits
EDUC 325  Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School/2 credits
EDUC 326 Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary Grades (N,K-6)/2 credits
EDUC 450 Principles of Instruction (N,K-8)/2 credits
EDUC 451 Curriculum in the Elementary School (N,K-6)/2 credits
Practica: Two practica are required: one on the primary level and one on the middle school level
Take in first session of summer school at end of freshman or sophomore year: 
EDUC 265 Practicum I – Primary or Middle School level/3 credits

Take fall or spring semester: 

EDUC 305 Practicum in Early Childhood/3 credits (Prerequisite: EDUC 265)

 OR 

Take in first session of summer school at end of sophomore or junior year:   

EDUC 370 Practicum II – Primary or Middle School Level/3 credits (Prerequisite: EDUC 265)
EDUC 380 Classroom Assessment/2 credits
EDUC 484 Media and Technology/1 credit
EDUC 487 Classroom Management and System Issues/3 credits
EDUC 489 Survey of Exceptional Children/3 credits
(All of the above will be taken prior to enrolling in the Professional Semester. A minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA is required. See undergraduate catalog for other requirements.)  

 Professional Semester

EDUC 400  Directed Teaching in the Elementary and Middle School /11 credits
or EDUC 401 Directed Teaching in the Elementary School / 11 credits
EDUC 488 Education Seminar/1credit
TOTAL CREDITS/40         

E.               Middle School Endorsement Requirements 

                Students wishing an endorsement to teach at the middle school level, grades 6-8, must complete in addition to the Liberal Studies courses above and the 40 credit education component below, designated courses in at least two areas.  Those areas and the specified courses are:              

English

ENGL 350 Introduction to Linguistics/3 credits
ENGL 381 Young Adult Literature/3 credits

Mathematics

MATH 164 Precalculus/3 credits
or MATH 261 Differential and Integral Calculus/5 credits
MATH 181 Finite Mathematics/3 credits
MATH 451 Teaching of High School Mathematics/3 credits
(Can be counted as the approved electives in liberal studies major)

Natural Science

CHEM 101 General Chemistry/4 credits
(Can also satisfy General Education Goal 5)

Social Science

HIST 100 Foundations of Western Civilization/3 credits
HIST 110 Modern Western Civilization/3 credits

(One must be taken to satisfy General Education Goal 6.)

The 40 credit Middle School program consists of the following education courses:   

EDUC 245 Human Growth and Development/3 credits
EDUC 260 Introduction to the Teaching Profession/2credits
EDUC 299 Application for Teacher Preparation/0 credits
EDUC 325 Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the ElementarySchool/2 credits
EDUC 327 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
Practica: Two practica are required: one on the primary level and one on the middle school level 

Take in first session of summer school at end of freshman or sophomore year:

EDUC 265 Practicum I – Primary or Middle School level/3 credits

Take fall or spring semester:

EDUC 305 Practicum in Early Childhood/3 credits (Prerequisite: EDUC 265)

OR  

Take in first session of summer school at end of sophomore or junior year:

EDUC 370 Practicum II – Primary or Middle School Level/3 credits (Prerequisite: EDUC 265)
EDUC 480 Classroom Assessment/2 credits
EDUC 484 Media and Technology/1 credit
EDUC 487 Classroom Management and System Issues/3 credits
EDUC 489 Survey of Exceptional Children/3 credits
(All of the above will be taken prior to enrolling in the Professional Semester. A minimum 2.5 GPA in both the Liberal Studies major and overall cumulative record is required. See undergraduate catalog for other requirements.)          

Professional Semester: 

EDUC 400 Directed Teaching in the Elementary and Middle School /11 credits
or EDUC 405 Directed Teaching in the Middle School / 11 credits
EDUC 488 Education Seminar/1credit
TOTAL CREDITS/40  

F.            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. A B.A. or B.S. 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 Program.  

G.            Minor/18-24 credits.  Students who are not seeking a teaching endorsement must select a minor in one of the Liberal Arts and Sciences 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 382 and a 3 credit Sociology course at the 300/400 level for SOCL 320.)  

H.                  Total credits required for a B.A. or B.S. with Elementary Teaching Endorsement/126. 

Total credits required for a B.A. or B.S. with Middle School Teaching Endorsement/129-138.

Total credits required for a B.A. or B.S. with Special Education Teaching Endorsement/127.                 

Total credits required for a B.A. or B.S. with a Minor in Liberal Arts and Sciences or Economics/120

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