Bachelor of Liberal Arts

The Concentration in Education

The BLA concentration in Education provides students with knowledge of the field of elementary education. The concentration includes courses in the language arts, elementary mathematics, and educational psychology. Students will develop knowledge of issues, theories and practices in elementary education, an understanding of the diversity of learners, and the ability to assess and account for cultural and language influences, as well as the impact of learning disabilities, on learning. Students will be called on to demonstrate effective communication skills, professional collaboration and enthusiasm for developing lifelong habits that facilitate reflection, clear thinking, critical judgment, innovation and problem-solving. As students in this concentration may consider elementary education as a career, appropriate types of professional behaviors are required at all times.

Requirements

A minimum of 8 courses: 

Three required foundations courses:

01.371 Educational Psychology
01.403 Child Development and Diversity
01.405 Children with Disabilities
Five required courses in language arts and mathematics:

01.384 Language, Literacy & Culture
Course with approval of advisor
42.298 Children’s Literature
92.227 Elementary Math for Teaching: Geometry
92.107 Elementary Math for Teaching: Numbers & Operations
NOTE: Students may apply to the BLA/M.Ed. fast track in Elementary Education the Fall semester of their senior year. If admitted, students will take two graduate courses, in addition to the BLA concentration courses, in their senior year. Upon graduation from the BLA, students in the fast track can then complete the M.Ed. in elementary education in three semesters: Summer - Fall - Spring.