Liberal Arts and Educational Studies

Gain a strong foundation of core knowledge and professional experiences with an interdisciplinary approach that is designed for those pursuing a bachelor of arts and teacher licensure in elementary or special education. Apply Today

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 University 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 Mary Baldwin’s College of Education and is available through the College for Women in Staunton and through the Baldwin Online and Adult Programs 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.

Fast-track your liberal arts and educational studies degree online.

Most courses required for our liberal arts and educational studies major with emphasis in elementary or special education can be completed online through the university’s innovative Baldwin Online and Adult Programs. Just like in-person classes, the Blackboard-interface program emphasizes the development of strong conceptual skills in tandem with practical applications. MBU helps you fast-track your path to a liberal arts and educational studies degree with the opportunity to transfer up to 36 credits (12 courses) for the major through direct course equivalents from the Virginia Community Colleges System. Hybrid classes in pedagogy strengthen your preparation for teaching and meet several times a semester nights and weekends in your region.

Designed to equip students with excellent career preparation leading to full teaching licensure in Virginia, the liberal arts and education studies major requires occasional in-person class meetings as well as practicums and a semester- long student teaching experience in addition to online coursework.

Offices for the College of Education are currently located in the Pannill Student Center. Currently, courses are taught in several academic buildings on campus, as well as in each of the main regional centers (Charlottesville, Richmond, Roanoke, and South Boston). Some coursework is available online or in a hybrid format through Baldwin Online and Adult Programs.


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