Liberal Studies with Concentration in Educational Studies (B.A.)

  • Program Overview

    Combine liberal arts knowledge with an education curriculum to prepare for a career in teaching and related professions including higher education, education policy, school counseling, and more.

    Program Overview

    The bachelor's program in liberal studies with a concentration in educational studies includes a solid liberal arts foundation as well as education courses to prepare you for a variety of careers, including work in day care centers, private schools, and other positions that do not require state licensure. Those interested in a teaching license use this degree through the Endicott College Van Loan School of Professional Studies to prepare for graduate studies.

    Liberal arts courses help you gain content knowledge in math, science, children’s literature, and history. Education courses focus on curriculum theory and design, special education, instructional technology, and key concepts and thinkers in the field. Internships are available throughout your program and help you build a resume in your chosen field.

    In the final stage of the program, you will design, execute, and present a personal project, which synthesizes and applies selected knowledge, skills and experiences related to your professional goals and your chosen area of specialization.

    Note: The educational studies concentration does not lead to a teaching license.

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  • Curriculum

    Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 125

    General Education - 30 Credits

    World Cultures Course  (3 Cr.)
    Aesthetic Awareness & Creative Expression Course (3 Cr.)
    Global Issues Course (3 Cr.)
    Values & Ethicial Reasoning Course (3 Cr.)
    Literary Perspectives Course  (3 Cr.)
    Science & Technology Course (3 Cr.)
    Individual & Society Course (3 Cr.)
    Quantitative Reasoning Course (3 Cr.)
    World Language (6 Cr.)
    General Education Electives (12 Cr.)

    First Year Adult Learning Experience (7 Credits)

    • EC 201 - Experience, Competency and Belonging (Cr: 3)
    • EC 355 - Career Transitions (Cr: 4)

    Writing Designated Courses (6 Credits)

    • ENG 111 - Critical Reading and Writing I (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 112 - Critical Reading and Writing II (Cr: 3)

    Upper Level Core Electives (6 Credits)

    Must be above 100 level.

    Interdisciplinary Studies Major Requirements (30 Credits)

    Psychology or Sociology Elective (3 Cr.)
    Philosophy or Religion Elective (3 Cr)
    Political Science Elective (3 Cr.)
    Science or Math Elective (3 Cr.)
    History Elective (3 Cr.)
    Political Science or IDS Elective (3 Cr.)
    English Elective (3 Cr.)
    American Studies or IDS Elective (3 Cr.)
    • IDS 201 - Interdisciplinary Seminar (Cr: 3)

    Final Research Project (9 Credits)

    • IDS 302 - Methods of Inquiry in the Humanities (Cr: 3)
    • PSY 236 - Research Methods (Cr: 3)
    • IDS 489 - Senior Research (Cr: 3)
    • IDS 490 - Senior Thesis (Cr: 3)

    Open Electives (7 Credits)

    Educational Studies Concentration Required Courses (18 Cr.)

    • ED 101 - Introduction to Education (Cr: 3)
    • ED 102 - Curriculum Theory and Instruction (Cr: 3)
    • ED 203 - Inclusionary Practices in Educational Settings (Cr: 3)
    • ED 210 - Integrating Technology into the Classroom (Cr: 3)
    • ED 339 - Assessment for Learning (Cr: 3)
    • PSY 200 - Child and Adolescent Psychology (Cr: 3)

    Discipline-Designated Elective Requirements

    The eight discipline-designated elective requirements (e.g. History elective, International Studies elective) may be met by taking any course with the individual discipline's prefix. However, at least three of the eight courses must be above the 100-level.

    • ART 308 - Art in American Culture (Cr: 3)
    • ART 320 - Native American Art: Beyond Tradition (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 220 - American Short Story Cycles (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 224 - Justice and Injustice in American Literature (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 240 - Boston in Literature and Film (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 310 - Modern American Poetry (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 337 - American Indian Literature (Cr: 3)
    • HST 225 - The Salem Witch Trials (Cr: 3)
    • HST 227 - Boston History (Cr: 3)
    • HST 229 - The American West (Cr: 3)
    • HST 230 - African-American History (Cr: 3)
    • HST 306 - New England History (Cr: 3)
    • HST 317 - Civil Rights Movement (Cr: 3)
    • HST 340 - Women in American History and Culture (Cr: 3)
    • MUS 230 - Jazz Styles (Cr: 3)
    • MUS 240 - The Rise of Rock and Roll (Cr: 3)
    • SM 303 - Sport in Society (Cr: 3)
    • SOC 320 - Racial and Ethnic Diversity in American Society (Cr: 3)

    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.
    • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the field of education including the areas of historic and current trends, assessment, special needs, psychology and technology.
    • 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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  • Internships and Careers

    An education from the Van Loan School means you'll have access to premiere career resources—long after you graduate.

    Whether you're finishing your undergraduate study, adding new credentials, or working toward a new career path, you'll find resources through our Internship and Career Center to help you get where you want to go. From career advising to resume support, we're here to prepare you for your next step.

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