JMU Major: Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
Interdisciplinary liberal studies (IdLS) is the undergraduate major for students pursuing teaching licensure in the following areas: inclusive early childhood (preK-3); elementary (special education birth to age 5, and classroom instruction pre K-6); middle grades (6-8) and exceptional education (K-12). IdLS offers extended breadth and integration across content areas of English and language arts, history and social sciences, mathematics, natural sciences and technology.
The IdLS major requirements support Virginia teacher licensure competencies. If you choose to declare the IdLS major, you will also declare the pre-professional education program corresponding to your teacher licensure interest.
Inclusive Early Childhood Education
New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Declare interdisciplinary liberal studies and one of the education pre-professional programs when you register for orientation.
Currently Enrolled Major Changers
Complete a "Change or Declaration of Major" form and obtain the signature of the IdLS department head, Maury Hall, room 118.
Other Declaring Information
The Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (IdLS) major is required for students pursuing an education pre-professional program leading to teacher licensure in the areas of early childhood education, elementary education, exceptional education and middle school education.
Other students who wish to major in IdLS who are not pursuing an education pre-professional program must also complete a second major.
Performance and progression standards for students pursuing an education pre-professional program leading to teacher certification are listed in the Education Pre-Professional Program section of this website.
You will be assigned to two academic advisers: an IdLS adviser and an adviser in your area of teacher licensure.