Nov 30, 2021  
2021-2022 Endicott College Academic Catalog 
  
2021-2022 Endicott College Academic Catalog

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Early Childhood 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 Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Concentration is an 8 course, 24 credit specialization that focuses on important issues for teachers working in private and pre-K child development centers.  This non-licensure specialization builds upon the skills, experience, and coursework many students will have already received prior to enrolling in Endicott College. This concentration will give students writing, research and foundational skills, especially focused on language and literacy skills. Teachers will need to ensure that young children become “Kindergarten ready.” The Concentration in Early Childhood 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


Total Degree Requirements - 126 credits


Required Curriculum


World Cultures Course - 3 cr.
Aesthetic Awareness & Creative Expression 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.
Core Electives - 6 cr. (must be 300 level or higher)
Open Electives - 42 cr. 

*Liberal Studies Electives


Foreign Language Course - 3 cr. 

Required General Education Courses


Total Number of Credits Required for Concentration - 24 credits


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 student’s 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 Early Childhood Education will:

  • Effectively communicate in writing and through oral communication.
  • Recognize the fundamental benchmarks to work in the field of early childhood education.
  • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the concentration.
  • Recall and apply the basic foundational knowledge of early childhood education as delivered through the Baccalaureate Core.
  • Apply quantitative decision-making techniques for problem solving in the early childhood classroom.
  • Design, execute and present a personal project, which synthesizes and applies selected knowledge, skills, and experiences appropriate to the student’s personal and professional goals and/or their chosen area of specialization.