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Liberal Studies Major

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Why Study Liberal Studies?

Liberal studies encompasses a broad exploration of social sciences, natural sciences, humanities and the arts to help students become well-rounded, qualified teachers in early childhood and elementary education settings. As a student in this unique, interdisciplinary major, you will synthesize your learning to serve you as an educator. In addition, you will learn to communicate effectively and improve your critical thinking skills.

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Why Study Liberal Studies at Eastern?

The Liberal Studies major at Eastern is offered exclusively to students who are preparing to become elementary or early childhood educators. Students may complete the undergraduate education program or enroll in the Early Start master’s degree program to earn their certification. The program offers concentrations in the Natural Sciences, History/Social Sciences, English, Mathematics and Earth Science to prepare students for certification as early childhood or elementary teachers and develop in-depth expertise in a single subject.

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Concentrations

  • The English concentration in the Liberal Studies major prepares students for certification as early childhood or elementary education teachers. Students will gain competencies in the use of English language arts that include reading, writing, speaking, viewing and listening.

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  • Environmental Earth Science (EES) students at Eastern receive a broad education in environmental earth science with a strong foundation in geoscience, using classroom, laboratory and field-based learning. The curriculum stresses the materials, processes, and features of the Earth, Earth history and the ways in which earth scientists address scientific, societal and environmental problems. Student pick from three concentrations in Environmental Earth Science, General Earth Science or Sustainable Energy Science. A minor is also available to students in other majors.

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  • The History and Social Science concentration in the Liberal Studies major prepares students for certification as early childhood or elementary education teachers. Students learn the major concepts and modes of inquiry from the social sciences—history, geography, political science and economics.

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  • The Mathematics concentration in the Liberal Studies major prepares students for certification as early childhood or elementary education teachers. Students learn the major concepts and procedures in number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis and probability.

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  • The Natural Sciences concentration in the Liberal Studies major teaches students to view the natural world with the questioning eye of a scientist. They will study scientific principles and the methods by which scientists develop and validate those principles and will gain hands-on experience in planning, making, analyzing and interpreting scientific observations.

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Salary Potential

$59,020

Median salary Elementary Education

$37-89K

Salary range

Hands-on Learning

Student teaching elementary school children

Student Teaching

Liberal Studies and Elementary Education majors participate in a full semester of student teaching designed to translate theory into practice.

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Undergraduate Research

For Liberal Studies and Early Childhood Education students, the Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE) provides select students the opportunity to conduct research as research assistants on CECE research projects with young children.

Members of the Education Club

Education Club

The Education Club provides students opportunities to learn about careers in education, which providing activities and events to promote students’ professional development

Career Options

  • Special education teacher
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Elementary school administrator
  • Tutor
  • Preschool teacher
  • Childcare worker
  • Childcare center director

Successful Alumni

Graduates of Eastern’s Elementary Education program are teachers and leaders in Connecticut’s schools, and many have been named teachers of the year within their school districts. Some graduates have continued their education in graduate programs offered by Eastern’s Department of Education, while others have pursued their graduate studies at Harvard University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Connecticut and other universities.  Many graduates of Eastern’s Early Childhood Education program secure early childhood education positions shortly after completing the program, while others serve as reading consultants, technology coordinators and mentor teachers.

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For more information


fabrizim@easternct.edu
(860) 465-0659

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Alumni Testimonials

Katelyn Root ’20
Future Educator

Katelyn Root ’20

Katelyn Root ’20 (liberal studies/elementary education) is an aspiring elementary school teacher. “Liberal Studies gives you the opportunity to learn a lot of different subjects. I’ve taken geology, macroeconomics, politics and many other classes besides just ‘elementary education.’ This has helped me expand my horizons as a learner and future educator.”

Nina Zimmitti ’17
Shepard Hill Elementary

Nina Zimmitti ’17

Liberal Studies and Elementary Education double-major Nina Zimmitti is a first-grade teacher at Shepard Hill Elementary School in Plainfield. “I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, but I didn’t have a passion for any subject in particular. Then I found the Liberal Studies major, which is a perfect complement to my education degree, as it covers the basis of all subjects.”

Alicia Brockett ’17
Middletown Public Schools

Alicia Brockett ’17

Liberal Studies and Elementary Education double-major Alicia Brockett is a paraprofessional for Middletown Public Schools. “As an elementary school teacher you are responsible for teaching everything from math to science. The liberal studies major verses you in a variety of subjects, which in turn helps you to teach these topics as a teacher.”