Liberal Studies students

Education (B.A.)

The Liberal Studies/Education major allows students to pursue their interest in teaching and related professions. Through required liberal arts courses, students gain content knowledge in math, science, children’s literature and history.

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Program Overview

The Liberal Studies/Education major allows students to pursue their interest in teaching and related professions. Through required liberal arts courses, students gain content knowledge in math, science, children’s literature and history. Education courses focus on curriculum theory and design, special needs, instructional technology, and key concepts and thinkers in the field. This major prepares students for a variety of jobs, including work in day care centers, private schools, and other positions that do not require state licensure. Note: The program does not lead to public school licensure or certification.

Program of Study

ART

404

Imagination and Creativity

3 cr.

BUS

120

Business Fundamentals

3 cr.

CMM

306

Social Impact of the Media

3 cr.

ENG

101

College Writing Seminar

3 cr.

LST

479A

Research Project I

3 cr.

LST

479B

Research Project II

3 cr.

LST

489

                   

Senior Thesis I

3 cr.

LST

490

                   

Senior Thesis II

3 cr.

MTH

126

Applied Statistics

3 cr.

PHL

100

Introduction to Philosophy

3 cr.

POL

213

American Government and Politics

3 cr.

PSY

302

Research Methods

3 cr.

History Elective

3 cr.

International Studies Elective

3 cr.

Philosophy or Religious Studies Elective

3 cr.

Writing Designated Course

3 cr.

World Culture Course

3 cr.

Aesthetic Awareness Course

3 cr.

Literary Perspectives Course

3 cr.

Individual & Society Course

3 cr.

Ethical Reasoning Course

3 cr.

Science & Technology Course

3 cr.

Global Issues Course

3 cr.

General Education Electives

12 cr.

Open Electives

45 cr.

Total degree requirements

126 cr.

Admissions Requirement

To qualify for Endicott’s accelerated programs, students should be at least 24 years of age and have a minimum of two years of significant, full-time work experience.

To be considered for admission, please send the following materials to Endicott College, Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915:

  • A completed application form with a non-refundable application fee of $25.00 (check made payable to Endicott College)
  • A 250-500 word essay explaining your professional goals
  • An official high school transcript or GED, sent directly to the Van Loan School’s Admissions Office at Endicott College
  • Official transcripts of any postsecondary work, sent directly to the Van Loan School’s Admissions Office at Endicott College
  • A letter of recommendation from a supervisor, professional colleague or instructor, sent directly to the Van Loan School’s Admissions Office at Endicott College
  • Official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from students for whom English is not a first language.

All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted, or matriculated, in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before completion of 12 Endicott College credits.

Course Descriptions

ED 101 Introduction to Education 3 cr.
Designed to orient students to the education profession. Emphasis will be on writing and will focus on philosophical concepts applied to education, curriculum, teacher competency, learning principles, schools as organizations, and the education of special populations.

ED 102 Curriculum Theory and Instruction 3 cr.
A study of curriculum dimensions, concepts, and designs for varied student populations and school settings. Through examination of the Massachusetts Department of Education’s Common Core of Learning and Curriculum Frameworks documents students will come to understand how the state standards can be used as guidelines in structuring curriculum, researching curriculum development, and how the issues, trends and innovations of curriculum design can be applied in an effective integrated classroom.

ED 203 Introduction to Special Needs 3 cr.
This course introduces the historical, legal and social aspects of special needs education in the United States. Identification of special needs—including physical, social, emotional, and sensory—as well as giftedness will be discussed. Integration of special needs children into the regular classroom is a major component.

ED 210 Integrating Technology into the Classroom 3 cr.
Exploration of major concepts related to instructional technology in the early childhood and elementary classroom. Current technology curriculum frameworks will be addressed.

ED 339 Classroom Assessment 3 cr.
Methods and techniques of evaluation and assessment in education are the focus of his course. Emphasis will be given to the development of educational standards, design of performance-based assessments, and fair scoring of those assessments.

ENG 312 Children’s Literature 3 cr.
Examines the genre of children’s literature from a variety of historical, social, and cultural perspectives.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of liberal arts subjects including literature, history, science, math, & government.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the key ideas and theorists in the field of education.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of child psychology, special needs, and instructional technology.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of children’s literature.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of curriculum theory and design.

Concentration Options

Concentration in Early Childhood Education


The Early Childhood Education Concentration is an 8 course, 24 credit specialization that focuses on important issues for teachers working in private and pre-K child development centers.  This non-licensure specialization builds upon the skills, experience, and coursework many students will have already received prior to enrolling in Endicott College. This concentration will give students writing, research and foundational skills, especially focused on language and literacy skills. Teachers will need to ensure that young children become “Kindergarten ready”. The Concentration in Early Childhood Education will be open to all students enrolled in our BA Programs in Liberal Arts and Psychology.



Concentration in Homeland Security Studies

The Homeland Security Studies Concentration is a 6 course, 18 credit specialization that focuses on issues relevant to corporate, national and global security. This is an interdisciplinary specialization that focuses on student’s ability to assess risk and engage in critical thinking about conflict and security.  This concentration will give students writing, research and foundational skills in Homeland Security that they will need to work in the securities field, border patrol, emergency management or to pursue a graduate degree in Homeland Security. The Concentration in Homeland Security will be open to all students enrolled in our BA Programs: Liberal Arts, Psychology, and Business Administration. 



Concentration In Montessori Education

The Montessori Education Concentration is a 6 course, 18 credit specialization that focuses on issues relevant to educators who specialize in the Montessori method. This is an interdisciplinary specialization that focuses on providing students with an expanded knowledge of the cultural context in which Montessori Education is situated. Including, but not limited to: 
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