Bachelor of Arts

Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies – Special Education

When Weekday evenings or Saturdays
Average Time to Complete 2 years

About the Program

MBU | Bachelor’s | Hybrid – The liberal arts and educational studies major (LAIS) 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.

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. 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.

Career Paths

  • Classroom teacher
  • Private school teacher
  • School therapist
  • Student aide
  • Behavior therapist
  • Curriculum developer
  • Educational policy developer

Courses & Requirements

36+ Credit Hours

Need to meet major requirements (67) plus degree requirements (126) either through MBU or transfer course work; a minimum of 36 need to be taken through MBU.

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.

Cost & Financial Aid

2017-18 COSTS

Tuition: $460 per credit hour

Technology Fee:  up to $60 per semester

Additional Cost Information

Learn more about Financial Aid opportunities available at Mary Baldwin University.

Student Support

We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.

As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:

  • Library collections and services
  • Computer lab with printer/copier
  • Student lounge with high-speed wireless Internet
  • Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free parking with a student parking pass

Support resources for Mary Baldwin University students:

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