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 Credential Option* (ITCO) (134 units) 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) 

Liberal Studies Undergrad


  • 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 


  • 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

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

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

Katie Alosi

"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 alum

Updated: September 28, 2023