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The major is administered through University 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 students choose to declare the IdLS major, they will also declare the pre-professional education program corresponding to their teacher licensure interest.

Degrees Offered



Language Arts and Communication


History/Social Sciences


Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Elementary Education

Exceptional Education

Middle Education

Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students should declare Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and one of the education pre-professional programs when they register for orientation.

Currently Enrolled Major Changers 
Current students wishing to declare or change a major, minor or pre-professional program must complete a request through MyMadison. Additional department specific information will be available when that academic plan is selected.  Follow all directions and steps necessary to execute your request. Once all necessary steps are completed, the department will either approve or deny your request or contact you for additional information.

For additional assistance making this request, view the Change/Declare a Major/Minor tutorial in MyMadison or on the tutorials website.

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.

Progressing in the 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. 

Students will be assigned to two academic advisers: an IdLS adviser and an adviser in their area of teacher licensure.

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