Liberal Studies Major

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Discover what you can learn and where a liberal studies major can take you.

Liberal Studies is a pre-professional program leading to a multiple subject and/or special education credential. Our mission is to ensure that graduates receive a strong subject matter foundation and fieldwork experiences that prepare them for a teaching career.  There are two primary program pathways in the major:

  • The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies: Elementary Teaching Content Preparation (120 units) is for students who seek subject matter preparation for elementary teaching as preparation for a post-baccalaureate teacher credential program;
  • The Liberal Studies Integrated Teacher Education Program* (ITEP) (133 - 135 units) (pending Chancellor’s Office final approval) is for students intending to become elementary teachers who wish to complete the B.A. and credential within four years.

The Liberal Studies program is now a CCTC-approved elementary subject matter preparation program.  (*pending final approval)

student in classroom


  • Working with children and helping them to be successful
  • Learning and teaching processes
  • Doing fieldwork in K-8 classrooms
  • Learning about a wide range of subjects and disciplines

icon Learn

  • Connections between coursework and K-8 standards
  • Integration of subject matter
  • Sensitivity to diversity
  • Effective communication
  • Reflection on teaching
  • and learning


  • Teaching
  • School administration
  • School counseling
  • Speech pathology
  • Social work

icon Career Opportunities

  • Turlock Unified School District
  • Modesto City Schools
  • Ceres School District
  • Stockton School District
  • Merced School District
  • Manteca Unified School District
  • Tracy School District
  • And other school districts
    across the state of California

icon Degrees and Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies: Elementary Teaching Content Preparation
  • Liberal Studies Integrated Teacher Education Program*
  • Liberal Studies offers an approved Subject Matter Preparation Program leading to the Multiple Subject Credential Program (elementary education) and/or Education Specialist Credential Program (special education)

* pending final approval

Liberal Studies Student

"What I love about liberal studies is the opportunity to pursue a career in making a difference in children’s lives, as my teachers have made in mine."

Katie Alosi
Liberal Studies Student