IDLS Major and Education

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Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
Maury Hall, Room 118
(540) 568-5260
http://www.jmu.edu/idls


Director
Dr. Fletcher Linder

Area Director for Mathematics, Science and Technology
Dr. Steve Baedke

Faculty Adviser
Dr. Matthew Chamberlin

Associate Professors
F. Linder, K. Wright

Assistant Professors
M. Chamberlin, J. Walker

Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

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 the section, and a current IDLS checksheet is available at http://www.jmu.edu/idls/. Students declaring the IDLS major must also declare one of the teacher education programs previously listed. Detailed information on teacher education programs is in the College of Education sections 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.

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies for Inclusive Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Special Education Licensure

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
Credit Hours
IDLS and general education core
53
Remaining General Education
6
IDLS Upper-level concentration
21
Education Program
35-47
Elective
0-10

 
120

Core Requirement.

Core Requirements
Credit Hours
Language Arts and Communication
Writing
3
     GWRTC 103. Critical Reading and Writing
Oral Communication (choose one)
3
     GCOM 121. Fundamental Communication: Presentations
     GCOM 122. Fundamental Human Communication: Individual Presentations
     GCOM 123. Fundamental Human Communication: Group Presentations
Literature (choose one)
3
     GENG 235. Survey of English Literature: From Beowulf to the 18th Century
     GENG 236. Survey of English Literature: 18th Century to Modern
     GENG 247. Survey of American Literature: From the Beginning to the Civil War
     GENG 248. Survey of American Literature: From the Civil War to the Modern
          Period  
     GENG 239. Studies in World Literature
     GENG 260. Survey of African-American Literature
History/Social Sciences
Global History (both required)
6
     GHIST 101. World History to 1500
     GHIST 102. World History Since 1500
U.S. History
4
     GHIST 225. U.S. History
Government
4
     GPOSC 225. U.S. Government
Economics (choose one)
3
     GECON 200. Introduction to Macroeconomics
     ECON 201. Principles of Economics (Micro)
Geography (choose one)
3
     GEOG 280. Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape
     GANTH 195. Cultural Anthropology
Psychology
3
     GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development
Health (choose one)
3
     GKIN 100. Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
     GHTH 100. Personal Wellness
Mathematics
     Fundamentals of Math (all required)
9
     MATH 107. Fundamentals of Math I
     MATH 108. Fundamentals of Math II
     MATH 207. Fundamentals of Mathematics III
Natural Sciences
9
     IDLS students should select Track II in Cluster Three
     GSCI 161. Science Processes
1
     GSCI 162. The Science of the Planets
2
     GSCI 163. The Matter of Matter
1
     GSCI 164. Physical Science: Learning Through Teaching
2
     GSCI 165. The Way Life Works
1
     GSCI 166. Environment in Context
2
Upper Level concentration requirement
21 hours in either math/science/technology or humanities/social sciences.  

When students in IECE, ELED or EXED declare the IDLS major, they also select an upper-level concentration in either mathematics/science or humanities/social sciences. The concentration provides depth and integration beyond the core requirements. Course requirements for each concentration are listed in the IDLS checklist online.

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Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies for Middle Education Licensure

Degree Requirements
Credit Hours
IDLS and general education core
46
IDLS Upper-level concentration
36-42
Education Program
32
Elective
0-6

 
120

The IDLS middle education curriculum consists of 46 hours of General Education core requirements and 36-42 hours in the content concentrations, depending upon which concentrations are selected. Students will select two concentrations from four: science, mathematics, social studies and language arts. Mathematics and science concentrations are 18 hours. Language arts and social studies concentrations are 21 hours. Any combination of concentrations will satisfy the teacher licensure endorsement requirements for Middle Grades licensure in Virginia. The Middle Grades curriculum of IDLS is open only to Middle Grades licensure students.

General Education Core Requirements for IDLS Middle Education

Students follow the General Education check sheet for their catalog year, and complete these specific IDLS core requirements:
Cluster 2: Must select GHIST 102 from Group One
Cluster 3: Must select Track 2 (the GSCI 16X series); must complete the series with GSCI 166;
must take MATH 108 in addition to MATH 107
Cluster 4: Must select GECON 200
Cluster 5: Must select GPSYC 160

Middle Education Concentration Options
Middle education students will complete the required courses for any two of the four areas: science, mathematics, language arts, social studies.

Concentration
Credit Hours
Science
18
     ASTR 301. Searching for Life in the Universe
     BIO 366. Plants and the Environment
     CHEM 280. Practical Applications in Chemistry for Teachers
     GEOL 301. Earth Science for Teachers
     ISAT 495. Technology in our World
Social Science
21
     HIST 350. Virginia History
     ANTH 368. Modern American Culture
     GEOG 280. Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape
Choose one:
     ANTH 327. Ancient North American Civilizations
     HIST 453. Patterns of Global History
Choose one:
     REL 305. Islamic Religious Tradition
     REL 310. Hindu Traditions
     REL 312. Religions of East Asia
     REL 320. Judaism
     REL 385. Buddhism
     HIST 339. Selected Themes, when topic is American Religious History
     POSC 240. Comparative Politics
     IDLS 400. Seminar in Liberal Studies*
Mathematics
18
     MATH 207. Fundamentals of Mathematics III
     MATH 304. Principles of Algebra
     MATH 305. Principles of Geometry
     MATH 306. Principles of Analysis
     MATH 307. Principles of Probability and Statistics
     Mathematics elective
Language Arts
21
Choose one:
     ENG 421. Traditional English Grammar
     ENG 422. Modern English Grammar
Choose one:
     ENG 325. Romantic Poetry
     ENG 331. Modern Poetry
     ENG 332. Contemporary Poetry
     ENG 362. African American Poets
     ENG 367. Women's Poetry
Choose one:
     ENG 299. Writing about Literature
     WRTC 340. Teaching about Writing
     ENG 396. Advanced Composition
Choose one:
     ENG 440. Texts for Teachers I (poetry or drama)
     ENG 441. Texts for Teachers II (fiction or nonfiction)
     Any upper level English elective
Choose one:
     ENG 456. Shakespeare's Tragedies and Romances
     ENG 457. Shakespeare's Comedies and Histories
Choose one:
     ENG 330. The Nineteenth Century Novel
     ENG 355. Southern Literature
     ENG 356. Modern American Novel
     ENG 357. Contemporary American Fiction
     ENG 361. African American Fiction Writers
     ENG 368. Women's Fiction
     IDLS 400. Seminar in Liberal Studies *  

* Students who select endorsements in Social Science and Language Arts will take IDLS 400 once, and then a 300-400 elective in one area. The IDLS 400 is an interdisciplinary course drawing upon materials from language arts and social science disciplines. As such, the course is suitable for students coming from an LA endorsement concentration, SS endorsement concentration, or both.

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IDLS Advisement
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.

Teacher Licensure
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.

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