LMU's Liberal Studies (Elementary Education) major prepares students for successful careers as elementary educators, specifically in grades K-5. The major enables students to earn a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies together with a California preliminary multiple subjects teaching credential within four years. The Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts (BCLA) works closely with LMU’s School of Education to offer students a program that meets both LMU degree requirements and the credential requirements established by the state of California, while promoting the LMU mission of the encouragement of learning, the education of men and women for others, the service of faith, and the promotion of justice. The program is approved by and meets all the standards of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Majors learn to synthesize subject content in the liberal arts, apply professional content to classroom teaching, and review and analyze educational policies. They learn to apply reading, writing, and research skills, develop pedagogical skills, analyze academic theories, and apply theory to practice. Students also learn to understand and reflect on the complex, rich, and diverse needs of students. Liberal Studies majors develop dispositions for sustained success in teaching and learning across diverse contexts.
Liberal Studies students take courses across various disciplines and colleges within the university including Education, Math, Science, English, History, Psychology and the Arts. All courses are taught by accomplished faculty who are experts in their fields. Students are encouraged, when planning their program of study, to meet with their advisor in the Center for Undergraduate Teacher Preparation (CUTP) who helps them navigate through the Liberal Studies program requirements.
Our students are encouraged, when planning their curriculum to meet with the academic coordinator at the Center for Undergraduate Teacher Preparation (CUTP). The academic coordinator helps students navigate through the Liberal Studies program requirements. Nearly all students successfully test while still in school for their preferred teaching credential. Other students elect to seek a master’s degree at another institution and take their credential test later.