BA in Liberal Studies plus Multiple Subject Credential

Our Liberal Studies/Teacher Preparation program is a leading-edge academic program recognized as exemplary by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. It is the only private-university, 4-year degree/teacher preparation program in the San Francisco Bay Area. Most local California State universities have either eliminated or severely limited enrollment in their programs. Our classes are designed with the K-12 California content standards in mind. They are rigorous and challenging, but also engaging and inspiring. You'll be learning both through traditional lectures as well as through active collaboration with partners and in small groups, on-line, in the field, and as part of service-learning.

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If you already know that you want to be an elementary school teacher, or if you’re looking for a rigorous, interdisciplinary academic major, the blended Liberal Studies/Teacher Preparation program is right for you.

In just four years, this major leads to both a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential. So, soon after graduation, you’ll be ready to step into the classroom and start teaching.

If you are not sure that you want to be a teacher, you can plan your Liberal Studies major with a different career in mind and continue taking classes connected with education, but concentrate on a field of your choice. You can pursue one of seven concentrations: history, psychology, science, music, art, English and math.

Degree/Teacher Preparation Program

The Degree/Teacher Preparation Program is a four-year rigorous course of study leading to both a BA and a Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

Degree-only Program

As a degree-only student, you can tailor your Liberal Studies major to your interests and career goals. You can take classes in art, music, psychology, math, English, history, drama, health and wellness, physical education and science, depending on your chosen focus.

If you are earning a Liberal Studies degree, you will be prepared for many professions as well as graduate studies. Because you will be getting a multi-disciplinary education, you will graduate with a broad range of knowledge and skills that can be successfully translated to many occupations. You will develop valuable critical-thinking, problem-solving and communication skills that are an asset in any workplace. You'll learn to be a team player and a leader. In particular, you will be prepared to work alongside education professionals in the field.

Course Sequence (125 total units)

BA in Liberal Studies plus Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential

Course(s) Units
ENGL 1004 Expository Writing 3
FYE 1001 Big History: Choice 3
RLG XXXX Religion: Choice 3
HIST 1776 US History (Fall) 3
LS 1001 Introduction to Teaching 2
EDU 4151 Educational Technology 1
DRAM 3503 Page to Stage 1
ENGL 3200 Advanced Writing and Research (Spring) 3
PHSC 2200/2205 Earth Science/Earth Science Lab 3
MATH 1450 Math Thinking & Quantitative Reasoning (Spring) 3
CMS 1200 Public Speaking (Spring) 3
PHIL 1108 Ethics 3
LS 1001 Explorations in Teaching (Spring) 2
BIO 1400/1405 Biological Foundations/Biological Foundations Lab (Fall) 4
MUS 1001 Materials of Music (Fall) 4
HIST 3XXX CA History (Fall) 4
ES 3000 Complexities of Teaching in Elementary School I (Fall) 4
PHYS 1400/1405 Conceptual Physical Science/Conceptual Physical Lab (Spring) 4
MATH 3XXX Geometry Explorations & Structure of the Real Number System 4
ART 3119 SL: Art Fundamentals (Spring) 4
ES 3001 Complexities of Teaching in Elementary School II (Spring) 4
HIST 3XXX Globe, Part 1 (Fall) 4
BIO 3300/3400 Health and Wellness Pedagogy/Physical Education, Movement, Fitness and Well-Being (Fall) 4
EDU 4302 Program Design (or PSCH 3119, if not in SPED program) (Fall) 4
ES 4000 Teaching & Learning I (Fall) 4
EDU 3029 Early Literacy (Spring) 4
EDU 4010 Teaching for Equity* 4
EDU 4020 Differentiating Instruction for Inclusive Classrooms (Spring)* 4
ES 4001 Teaching & Learning II Signature Work (Spring) 4
EDU 4145 Teaching Math in Elementary Schools (Fall) 4
EDU 4166 Teaching Reading in Elementary Schools 4
PSY 3119 OR 3120 Child & Adolescent Development 4
EDU 4180 Elementary Preparation Supervised Teaching (Fall) 4
EDU 4052 Applied Instruction Technology 2
EDU 4306 Behavior Intervention & Support (Spring) 4
Elective: Choice (minimum of 2 units) 2
EDU 4185 Supervised Teaching Seminar (Spring) 4

*Required for Degree-only