Aug 07, 2020  
2019-2020 Van Loan Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Van Loan Catalog

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Montessori Education


Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies is a 42-course, 126-credit degree. It is not designed to overlap with existing degrees but rather to provide qualified students with an academic program that meets their unique needs. Offering students flexibility, independence, and academic rigor, this option provides undergraduate adult learners with the opportunity to draw on the resources of the entire curriculum, across disciplines while building an academic focus in areas they find most important.

Concentration in Montessori Education

The Montessori Education Concentration is a 6 course, 18 credit specialization that focuses on issues relevant to educators who specialize in the Montessori method. This is an interdisciplinary specialization that focuses on providing students with an expanded knowledge of the cultural context in which Montessori Education is situated. 

The Concentration in Montessori Education will be open to all students enrolled in our BA program in Liberal Studies and our BS Program in Psychology. These concentration courses will replace corresponding open elective credit requirements.

Admission Requirements


Candidates for Van Loan School’s undergraduate programs should have a minimum of two years full-time work experience. Admission to an undergraduate program requires a high school diploma, GED or conferred Associates degree from an accredited college or university. Prospective students may apply online at www.endicott.edu/VanLoan/Van-Loan-Admissions or submit the following materials to Van Loan School Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915:

  • Completed undergraduate application;
  • Non-refundable $25 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students
  • Essay of 250 - 500 words on career goals;
  • Official final high school transcript or GED certificate
  • Official transcripts of any post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s), including Joint Service Transcripts.
  • Official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better.

All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted, or matriculated, in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of 12 Endicott credits.

International Applicants for Undergraduate Admission Requirements
Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants must request that an official academic transcript confirming a secondary school diploma equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma be sent directly from the secondary school. Educational documents from outside the U.S. must be accompanied by a certified English translation, if deemed necessary.

All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency. International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their high school transcript and diploma are not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott- sponsored student visa.

Program of Study


Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the program, students will:

  • Effectively communicate in writing and through oral communication
  • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse in various disciplines.
  • Recall and apply the basic foundational knowledge of educational studies as delivered through the Baccalaureate Core|
  • Articulate the connections and distinctions between and among liberal arts disciplines, and their contemporary relevance.
  • Design, execute, and present a personal project, which synthesizes and applies, selected knowledge, skills and experiences appropriate to the students’ personal and professional goals and/or their chosen area of specialization

In addition to fulfilling the outcomes of the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program, students completing the concentration in Montessori Education will:

  • Enhance student writing and critical thinking regarding the Montessori Method
  • Develop skills in action research
  • Identify and describe intrinsic motivation as it applies to themselves as teachers and students
  • Understanding the role of democracy in establishing the current public and private education system
  • Assess the influence of culture on educational objectives

Required Curriculum


World Cultures Course - 3 cr.
Aesthetic Awareness & Creative Expression Course - 3 cr.
Literary Perspectives Course - 3 cr.
Individual and Society Course - 3 cr.
Values & Ethical Reasoning Course - 3 cr.
Science & Technology Course - 3 cr.
Global Issues Course - 3 cr.
Liberal Studies Elective* - 3 cr.
General Education Electives - 18 cr. (at least two 300 level or higher)    
Open Electives - 36 cr. 

Total Number of Credits Required for Concentration - 18 credits


Total Degree Requirements - 126 credits