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.

Faculty

Community

Carla Vandevander

Instructor of Education; BA, George Mason University; MEd, Eastern Mennonite...
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Marty Fontenot

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy; BS, Georgia Institute of Technology; MS, Georgia...
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Pamela Stephenson

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy; Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists,...
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Tamra Willis

twillis@marybaldwin.edu Associate Professor of Education; BS, Appalachian State University; MEd,...
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Melanie Celeste Whitaker

Adjunct Faculty Member; BS, Liberty University; MAT, Mary Baldwin College
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Alice Waddell

awaddell@marybaldwin.edu Assistant Professor of Education; BS, Radford University; MEd, James...
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Katherine Turner

Professor of English; BA, University of Oxford (Balliol College); MPhil, PhD, University of Oxford...
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Kristi Trevillian

Adjunct Faculty Member; BS, Oklahoma State University; MEd, Virginia Commonwealth University; PhD,...
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Susan Leigh Tomlinson

Adjunct Faculty Member; BFA, MS, PhD, Texas Tech University
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Beverly Marie Thurston

Adjunct Faculty Member; BS, Lynchburg College; MS, The London School of Economics; DA,...
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Yvonne D. Smith-Jones

Adjunct Faculty Member; BS, Norfolk State University, MS, EdS, EdD, College of William and...
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Beverley Randolph Smith

Adjunct Faculty Member, BA, MAT, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University
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Lisa D. Shoaf

Professor of Physical Therapy and Physical Therapy Program Director; BS, Medical College of...
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Stephanie Sebolt

ssebolt@marybaldwin.edu Assistant Professor of Education; BA, Mary Washington College; MA, PhD,...
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James Respess

Adjunct Faculty Member; BA, Mary Baldwin College; MFA, Virginia Commonwealth...
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Stephanie Raleigh

Adjunct Faculty Member; BS, MEd, Georg Mason University
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Rachel Potter

rpotter@marybaldwin.edu Dean of the College of Education and Associate Professor of Education; BA,...
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Edmund D. Potter

Assistant Professor of History; BA, College of William & Mary; MA, University of Virginia;...
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Lallon G. Pond

Director of Academic Success for Baldwin Online and Adult Programs; and Associate Professor of...
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Michael Pelton

Adjunct Faculty Member; BS, University of Tennessee; MS, PhD, University of Georgia
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David Paulk

Professor and Director of Physician Assistant Program; BS, Alderson-Broaddus College; MS, West...
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Roderic L. Owen

Professor of Philosophy; BA, College of Wooster; MA, Kent State University; EdD, College of...
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James C. McCrory

jmccrory@marybaldwin.edu Professor of Education; BA, MEd, EdD, University of Virginia Dr. McCrory...
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Kathy McCleaf

Professor of Education and Gender and Sexuality Studies; BS, MS, James Madison University; EdD,...
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Dana McCauley

Adjunct Faculty Member; BS, MEd, Frostburg State University; EdD, West Virginia...
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Bess Maxwell

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy; BS, University of Arizona; MA, Ball State University; MS,...
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Ellen Lucius

Adjunct Faculty Member and Academic Advisor; BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MEd, James...
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Verne E. Leininger

Adjunct Faculty Member; BA, Manchester College; MA, Pennsylvania State University; PhD, Ohio State...
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Kai Kennedy

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Director of Clinical Education, Physical Therapy; BS,...
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Nicholas E. Kalafatis

Adjunct Faculty Member; AA, BA, University of Richmond; MEd, Virginia Commonwealth University;...
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Virginia R. Jones

Adjunct Faculty Member BS, Averett University, MS, Longwood University; PhD, Old Dominion...
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Charles Houston

Adjunct Faculty Member; BS, MMath, University of Tennessee; PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute...
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Jenna Holt

Assistant Professor of Psychology; BS, James Madison University; MS, Radford University; PsyD,...
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Margaret Henderson-Elliott

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education (part-time); BA, Averett College; MS, Longwood College;...
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Darryl D. Helems

Adjunct Faculty Member; BS, MA, EdS, James Madison University; PhD, Virginia Tech
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James J. Harrington

jharring@marybaldwin.edu Professor of Education; BA, MA, MS, Jacksonville State University; PhD,...
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Carole Grove

Adjunct Faculty Member; AA, Averett College; BA, Longwood College; MEd, Western Maryland College;...
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Jennifer Frank

Adjunct Faculty Member; BA, Bridgewater College; MAT, Mary Baldwin College
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Anita P. Fauber

Adjunct Faculty Member, College of Education; BA, Bridgewater College; MEd, James Madison...
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Mary Jane Epps

Assistant Professor of Biology; BA, Duke University; PhD, University of Arizona
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Emily Ely

eely@marybaldwin.edu Assistant Professor of Education; BA, MEd, University of Miami; PhD,...
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Irving S. Driscoll Jr.

Associate Professor of Education (part-time), Graduate Teacher Education Program; BA, College of...
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Peter Dewitz

Adjunct Faculty Member; BA, University of California; MAT California State University; PhD,...
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Patricia Anne Devitt

Adjunct Faculty Member; BS, Wayne State University; MA, University of Michigan; EdD, Virginia...
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Paul D. Deeble

Associate Professor of Biology; BS, Pennsylvania State University; PhD, University of Virginia...
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Gregory Wayne Corder

Adjunct Faculty Member; BS, Virginia Tech; MEd, James Madison University; PhD, Shenandoah...
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Laurie Cooper

Adjunct Faculty Member; BA, Marshall University; MAT, George Mason University; EdS, University of...
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Bonnie Bowden

Adjunct Faculty Member; BS, University of Georgia; MAT, University of South Carolina; PhD, Capella...
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Tiffany R. Barber

tbarber@marybaldwin.edu Associate Professor of Education; BA, James Madison University; MEd, PhD,...
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Pamela R. H. Bailey

prbailey@marybaldwin.edu Assistant Professor of Education; BS, West Virginia State College; MA,...
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New Education Programs Will Fill Community Need

The Virginia Board of Education has given Mary Baldwin College the green light to offer two new endorsement programs that will strengthen the institution’s partnerships with local school divisions by preparing teachers to serve in critical shortage areas. The new...
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Alumnae to Hold Education Conference

A group of Mary Baldwin alumnae are joining forces to host an education symposium for students and recent alumni on campus February 26–27 to provide assistance to pre-service teachers at MBC that may be helpful as they enter the classroom. The conference will...
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Donté Montague ’15

After earning his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Bridgewater College in 2009 and finding work at a Wal-Mart distribution center, Donté Montague began to reflect on the people who had the most significant influence on his life. It wasn’t long before he...
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Kaylyn Lonergan ’16

Between maintaining the high academic marks that keep her on the dean’s and honor’s lists semester after semester, working as a campus tour guide in the President’s Society, and leading the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership cadet corps, it is hard to imagine...
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