Liberal Arts and Educational Studies

The liberal arts and educational studies major (LAES) is designed for the student who is pursuing a career as an elementary or special education teacher. Our course requirements are carefully aligned with requirements for teacher licensure in the state of Virginia with an endorsement in either elementary education or special education. By combining a strong foundation of content knowledge in four core academic disciplines (English, math, science and social studies) with advanced coursework in professional studies, Mary Baldwin College students are well prepared for successful teaching experiences.

The senior capstone project is a hallmark of all Mary Baldwin major, and Liberal Arts and Educational Studies students complete theirs in conjunction with student teaching or another practicum experience to demonstrate skill in lesson design, delivery of instruction, and research. This major is part of MBC’s College of Education and is available through the College for Women in Staunton and through the Adult Degree Program in Charlottesville, Rappahannock, Richmond, Roanoke, South Boston, Staunton, Weyers Cave, and Williamsburg.

This demanding, yet efficient, major ensures that students master the optimum combination of major, general education, and teacher licensure requirements. When students complete the major course sequence and meet program admission requirements, they are eligible for a student teaching placement in their final semester. Students in this major are also well positioned for acceptance into Mary Baldwin’s combination Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Teaching (BA/MAT) licensure program.

Interested in speaking with an advisor about declaring your major in LAES? Reach out to one of our faculty members today.