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Welcome to Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

MAURY HALL

IdLS is the required content-area major for Inclusive Early Childhood (birth – 3rd grade), Elementary (PK-6th grade), and Middle Grades (6th - 8th grade) undergraduate pre- professional programs. It is the recommended content-area major for Special Education (K-12th grade). 

IdLS for Inclusive Early Childhood, and Elementary. Students in these pre-professional programs take the IdLS Core. The IdLS Core includes all General Education requirements, and is constructed to meet Virginia teacher competencies. Students also pick two areas of concentration at the upper level.

IdLS for Special Education. Students in this pre-professional program take the IdLS Core. The IdLS Core includes all General Education requirements, and is constructed to meet Virginia teacher competencies. Students also pick two areas of concentration at the upper level. Students concentrating in Humanities & Social Sciences may take any track, although Track 7 is designed particularly for Special Education students.

IdLS for Middle Grades. Students in this pre-professional program take a modified Core that includes General Education requirements. Students also pick two areas of concentration at the upper level.

Advising. IdLS majors have an IdLS advisor and an education program advisor. IdLS advisors help students with course scheduling, and can grant permission for course substitutions in the major. Education program advisors help with course scheduling and licensure requirements. Students should contact both advisors regularly.

Questions about the IdLS major may be addressed to
Your IdLS advisor - this person should be your first point of contact or
Dr. Matthew Chamberlin, IdLS Faculty & Central advisor (chambema@jmu.edu) or
Mrs. Donna Garber, IdLS Advisor (garberdv@jmu.edu)
Dr. Steve Baedke, IdLS Math, Science, & Technology Area Director (baedkesj@jmu.edu) or
Dr. Scott Paulson, IdLS Director (paulsosa@jmu.edu

Questions about education programs may be addressed to
Your Education advisor – this person should be your first point of contact for questions related to Education or
Dr. Teresa Harris, Department Head of Inclusive Early Childhood, Elementary, & Reading Education (harristt@jmu.edu) or
Dr. Diane Foucar-Szocki, Department Head of Middle, Secondary & Math Education (foucardl@jmu.edu) or 
Dr. William 'Bill" White, Department Head of Exceptional Education (white2wl@jmu.edu)
Dr. Dara Hall, Education Support Center (halldm@jmu.edu



Mission

Our Mission

  • To support the university’s mission to produce educated and enlightened citizens.
  • To help students embrace wisdom, inspire learning, and enhance living.
  • To meet 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.
  • To work collaboratively with the Education Unit to reach its goals as articulated in its Conceptual Framework, particularly as they relate to developing a deep understanding of content.