The Liberal Studies major is exclusively offered to students who have declared pre-Elementary Education or pre-Early Childhood Education as a major or who have been admitted to one of those majors through the CARE admission process. It is not open to other students. This program offers concentrations in the Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, English Language Arts, and Mathematics to prepare Eastern students for certification as early childhood or elementary education teachers. Any students enrolled in the Liberal Studies major will be dropped from the major after completing 60 credits if they are not admitted to the Early Childhood or Elementary Education certification programs through the CARE admission process. Students enrolled in the Liberal Studies major who were admitted to the Early Childhood or Elementary Education certification programs through the CARE admission process but who are afterwards dismissed from the CARE program may complete the Liberal Studies major for graduation.
Core courses range from economics to mathematics, biology, U.S. government, children’s literature and history. By enhancing the content knowledge expected of Eastern’s teacher candidates, the new program aligns with certification regulations and accreditation standards, while giving students a stronger foundation in preparation for passing their Praxis II exam.
Liberal Studies majors complete 37 – 39 credits of core courses, 18 – 22 credits of courses in an area of concentration, and 3 credits of a capstone course for a total of 58-64 credits. Each student must select a concentration and complete the courses required for that concentration. Students must also complete Eastern’s Liberal Arts Core and the requirements for either the Early Childhood Education major or the Elementary Education major.
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