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Interdisciplinary Studies/Education

Teachers do more than impart knowledge; they are mentors and caregivers who play a pivotal role in students’ lives. The Virginia Intermont Education program develops well-rounded teachers through offering a broad-based curriculum that emphasizes the interconnectedness of the arts, humanities and natural & social sciences.  As a result, our graduates are fully prepared to meet and exceed their students’ needs.

Education students have the opportunity to put theory into practice through extensive field experience. Professional studies courses in educational foundations, teaching and management prepare students for observing, learning and teaching in local classroom settings.

At VI, class sizes are both intimate and dynamic as students work closely with one another and professors. The Education faculty empowers students through one-on-one attention and personalized direction throughout the program.

Areas of Concentration and Degree Programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts

The four-year B.A. degree offers four concentrations:

  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • PreK-6 Teacher Licensure
  • K-12 Special Education Licensure
  • In addition, licensure programs in Art PreK-12, Health and PE PreK-12, Theatre PreK-12, Biology 7-12, English 7-12, and History (Social Studies) 7-12 are offered.

PreK-6 candidates receive additional instruction in teaching physical education, multi-media technology, reading, art and music. Special Education candidates learn how to teach and assess primary and secondary students with disabilities. For those not wishing to teach, a four-year, non-licensure option for a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies is available.

What can you do with a degree in Education?

  • K-12 teaching
  • School Administration
  • Professional development
  • Literacy development

Download the PDF below for an overview of the interdisciplinary studies/education major, course requirements and course descriptions:

For an in-depth look at all our majors, please refer to our catalog (pdf).


Brenda G'Fellers
B.S., Science Education, East Tennessee State University
M.A., School Library Service, East Tennessee State University
Ed.D., Educational Leadership, East Tennessee State University

Nancy Brown, M.A.
B.A., Tennessee Tech
M.A., East Tennessee State University