2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies for Inclusive Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Special Education Licensure, B.S.
Dr. Scott Paulson, Interim Director
Dr. Steve Baedke, Area Director for Mathematics, Science and Technology
Phone: (540) 568-5260
Location: Maury Hall, Room 118
G. F. Linder
M. Chamberlin, P. Frana, K. Wright
J. Mangan, M. Schmitt-Harsh, J. Walker
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (IDLS) is the undergraduate major for students pursuing teaching licensure in inclusive early childhood education (early childhood education, preK-3 and early childhood special education, birth to five), elementary education (PreK-6), middle grades education (6-8) and special education (K-12). The IDLS major meets Virginia teacher competencies by providing breadth and integration across the content areas of English and language arts, history, social sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, and technology.
IDLS requirements vary by education program, as outlined in this section. Students declaring the IDLS major must also declare one of the teacher education programs listed. Detailed information on teacher education programs is in the College of Education section of this catalog.
In the unusual circumstance that a student exits the education licensure pre-professional program late in his/her college career, the IDLS director may permit the student to complete the IDLS degree with the addition of an appropriate minor.
- IDLS and General Education core 53 Credit Hours
- Remaining General Education 6 Credit Hours
- IDLS upper-level concentration 21 Credit Hours
- Education program 35-47 Credit Hours
- Elective 0-5 Credit Hours
Language Arts and Communication
Oral Communication: 3 Credit Hours
Literature: 3 Credit Hours
Global History: 6 Credit Hours
U.S. History: 4 Credit Hours
Government: 4 Credit Hours
Economics: 3 Credit Hours
Geography: 3 Credit Hours
Psychology: 3 Credit Hours
Health: 3 Credit Hours
Fundamentals of Math: 9 Credit Hours
Natural Sciences: 9 Credit Hours
Upper Level concentration requirement: 21 Credit Hours
In addition to the IDLS core, students will complete an IDLS concentration to provide depth and integration beyond core requirements. The four concentration options are noted below, with each option requiring seven upper-level courses.
- Option 1: Math and Science and Technology. Take four courses in math and three in science and technology, or take three in math and four in science and technology.
- Option 2: Humanities and Social Sciences. Choose a humanities and social science track (1-7) and take six courses in that track, plus the IDLS 400 capstone.
- Option 3: Math and Humanities and Social Sciences. Choose a humanities and social science track (1-7). Take three courses in the humanities and social sciences track and four in math, or take four in the humanities and social sciences track and three in math. The humanities and social sciences courses can include IDLS 400 , but it is not required.
- Option 4: Science and Technology and Humanities and Social Sciences. Choose a humanities and social science track (1-7). Take three courses in the humanities and social sciences track and four in science and technology, or take four in the humanities and social sciences track and three in science and technology. The humanities and social sciences courses can include IDLS 400 , but it is not required.
The current list of concentration courses is available on the IDLS website.
IDLS majors are assigned two advisers, one to guide them through teacher education program requirements and another to guide them through IDLS major requirements. Students should check with both advisers regularly to ensure timely graduation. These advisers are assigned when students officially declare their education program and IDLS major. To declare, students must acquire education and IDLS academic unit head signatures on a "Change or Declaration of Major" form.
To be eligible for teacher licensure in inclusive early childhood, elementary, middle school and special education, students graduating with the Bachelor of Science degree in IDLS must complete the appropriate teacher education program at the undergraduate and graduate (Master of Arts in Teaching) levels.