Liberal Studies students

Liberal Studies with Concentration in 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 with a concentration in Educational Studies 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.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application along with a non-refundable fee of $25.00
  • A 250 - 500 word essay explaining your professional goals
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official high school transcript or GED score report
  • Official college or military transcript (if applicable)
  • All students for whom English is not a first language must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Minimum age of 24 years
  • Minimum two years of significant, full-time work experience.

Program of Study

ED 101 Introduction to Education 3 cr.
ED 102 Curriculum Theory and Instruction 3 cr.
ED 203 Introduction to Special Education 3 cr.
ED 210 Integrating Technology in the Classroom 3 cr.
ED 339 Classroom Assessment 3 cr.
ENG 101 College Writing Seminar 3 cr.
ENG 312 Children’s Literature 3 cr.
MTH 126 Applied Statistics 3 cr.
POL 213 American Government & Politics 3 cr.
PSY 200 Child and Adolescent Psychology 3 cr.
PSY 302 Research Methods 3 cr.
LST 489 Senior Thesis I 3 cr.
LST 479A Research Project Part One 3 cr.
LST 479B Research Project Part Two 3 cr.
LST 490 Senior Thesis II 3 cr.
Writing Designated Course 3 cr.
World Culture Course 3 cr.
Aesthetic Awareness Course 3 cr.
Ethical Reasoning Course 3 cr.
Science & Technology Course 3 cr.
Education Electives 15 cr.
(at least one 300 level or higher)
Open Electives 51 cr.
Total degree requirements 126 cr.

Education 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

Upon completion of the program students will:
• Effectively communicate in writing and through oral communication.
• Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse
within the concentration.
• Recall and apply the basic foundational knowledge of educational studies as delivered through the Baccalaureate Core.
• Apply quantitative decision-making techniques for problem solving.
• Design, execute, and present a personal project, which synthesizes and applies, selected knowledge, skills and experiences appropriate to the students’ personal and professional goals and/or their chosen area of specialization.
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