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Bachelor of Arts

Liberal Studies

Program Overview

The Teacher Education Department at William Jessup University offers three pathways leading to careers in public, private and charter school systems. Our goal is to prepare undergraduate and post-baccalaureate professionals through development of character and ethical behavior to teach in schools throughout the world.
Graduates from the WJU Teacher Education program are well-equipped, highly-principled individuals who understand diversity as a strength and who provide for individual differences in order to help their students prepare for a diverse and rapidly-changing world.

Graduates with a BA in Liberal Studies, a Preliminary California Multiple Subject Credential, and a minor in Bible and theology are well‐equipped, highly‐principled individuals who understand diversity as a strength and who provide for individual differences in order to help their students prepare for a diverse and rapidly changing world. Students choosing a subject concentration will work closely with their advisor to develop a subject concentration plan. The graduate will have unique knowledge and skills acquired from the specific subject study areas (dependent on subject concentration plan) and the ability to communicate clearly, understand and analyze concepts, and make judgments and decisions.

Program Details

*CTC Annual Report Card/License Examination Passage Rates (AB2086)

WJU credential completers have excellent state license examination passage rates. All teacher preparation programs are required to provide a link to the most recent Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Annual Report Card on California Teacher Preparation Programs. This report includes statewide and specific program information and examination pass rates.

Commission Approved Institution List – Title II

TEDU123 Multicultural Education

This course enables future teachers to examine a broad overview of concepts and issues of multicultural education and the pedagogical implications for teachers in a pluralistic society. Students will learn concepts and strategies for infusing cultural understanding, tolerance, and appreciation into the K‐8 classroom.

3 units

TEDU302 Foundations of Education

This course reviews the major philosophic and historical developments of education (California, the USA, and worldwide) through research of the key components of education in a democracy and reflection on the power of the educational process in personal, social, mental, and spiritual development. The student will be encouraged to reflect on their own developmental journey and how they can help others research their potential for success and societal improvement.

3 units

TEDU310 Educational Psychology

This course explores the disciplines of developmental and educational psychology in order to prepare students to apply the theories and patterns of learning, development, instruction, and individual differences as they relate to teacher practices and educational programs.

3 units

TEDU323 Language, Culture, and Literacy

This semester‐long course provides future teachers an overview of literacy development with consideration of language (both first and second) and cultural impacts on learning. Future teachers will learn historical and current concepts, theories, and practices related to the development of literacy for all students in diverse classrooms as well as the value of integrating character development within teaching.

3 units

HIST291 American History

This course will trace the political, constitutional, cultural, and socio‐economic history of the United States from the colonial period to the present day. In addition, this course will also treat the political, socio‐economic and cultural history of the state of California. Particular attention will be paid to the themes identified in The History ‐ Social Science Framework of California Public Schools

3 units

MATH100 Analytical Inquiry

An introduction to the connection between mathematics and contemporary culture. Topics include critical thinking skills regarding mathematical information in society,  some statistics and probability, mathematical models and their applications, number theory, some algebra and  graphs and functions.

3 units

PHYS100 Conceptual Physics

An introduction to the concepts and principles of physical science, covering topics of motion, force, energy, structure of matter, heat and thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, and light; emphasizing conceptual understanding and using basic math to re‐enforce concepts. Satisfies general education science requirements.

3 units

PSYC141 Developmental Psychology

An overview of physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and moral development of humankind from prenatal life through old age. This class should be taken early in the student’s training as it is prerequisite to many other courses.

3 units

Multiple Subject Education

Successful completion of this concentration meets the California state requirements for a Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

Teaching as a Profession (TEDU101)      3
Curriculum and Methods in PE and Health Science (TEDU102)    3
Technology for Teachers (TEDU110)   2
Curriculum and Methods in Visual and Performing Arts (TEDU251)      3
Field Experience I (TEDU275)      2
Curriculum and Methods in History and Social Science (TEDU311)      3
Field Experience II (TEDU375)      2
Curriculum and Methods in Math and Science (TEDU413)      3
Curriculum and Methods in Literature and Language (TEDU423) 3
Student Teaching I (TEDU475)      6
Student Teaching II (TEDU476)      6

Students must also complete General Biology (BIOL100), Introduction to Environmental Studies (ESCI100), World Civilization I (HIST231), World Civilization II (HIST232), and Conceptual Physics with Lab (PHYS100/PHYS100L) as part of their foundational studies requirements. State required assessments (e.g.: CBEST, CSETs, RICA, and TPAs) must be passed.

36 Units


Introduction to Literary Studies (ENGL160) or Creative Writing (ENGL286)    3
Choose one of the following: 3
Foundations of British Literature (ENGL220)
British Literature since 1800 (ENGL221)
American Literature to 1865 (ENGL231)
American Literature 1865 to Present (ENGL232)
Curriculum and Methods in Literature and Language (TEDU423)        3
Upper division literature electives        6

15 Units


Literature and Culture (ENGL110) or Political Economy (PPOL341)      3
History of Religion in America (HIST315)      3
The Twentieth Century (HIST371)      3
Curriculum and Methods in History and Social Science (TEDU311)      3
Upper division history elective 3

Students choosing the concentration in history should take Western Civilization I (HIST221) and Western Civilization II (HIST222) as part of their Foundational Studies requirement

15 Units

Child Development

Spiritual Development of Children (CEDU321)      3
Marriage and Family (PSYC200)      3
Child and Adolescent Psychology (PSYC342)      3
Curriculum and Methods in Visual and Performing Arts (TEDU251)      3
Curriculum and Methods in Literature and Language (TEDU423)      3

15 Units


Introduction to Psychology (PSYC100)      3
Psychology and Christian Thought (PSYC102)      3
Interpersonal Processes (PSYC222) or Psychology of Relationships (PSYC230)     3
Abnormal Psychology (PSYC351)      3
Choose one of the following: 3
Social Psychology (PSYC203)
Cross‐Cultural Issues in Psychology (PSYC332)
Gender Studies (PSYC345)

15 Units

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Linguistics (TSOL352)      3
Second Language Acquisition (TSOL353)      3
TESOL Methodology (TSOL354)      3
TESOL Classroom Practices (TSOL355)      3
TESOL Observation (TSOL474)      1
TESOL Practicum (TSOL475)      3
Intercultural Communication (ICS310) 3
Elective (Choose one from the following) 3
Introduction to Mission (ICS103)
Cultural Anthropology (ICS202)
World Religions (ICS320)
Establishing Faith Communities (ICS401)
Issues in Intercultural Life and Work (ICS403)
Advanced Intercultural Studies Seminar (ICS492)
Acts (NT210)
Leadership in a Global Society (ORLD430)
Cross‐Cultural Issues in Psychology (PSYC332)

22 Units

American Sign Language Studies

American Sign Language I (ASLS160) 4
American Sign Language II (ASLS161) 4
American Sign Language III (ASLS260) 4
Choose one of the following: 3   
Introduction to American Deaf History and Culture (ASLS301)
Worship and Creative Signs (ASLS370)
Experiential Learning (ASLS375)

22 Units
  • Critically analyze and engage with historical, contemporary, and enduring questions of the human experience.
  • Understand fundamental concepts and methodologies in the humanities, the sciences and mathematics/statistics, and the social sciences; apply these methods to the analysis of complex problems.
  • Discover and analyze primary and secondary sources relevant to specific research questions in particular academic disciplines.
  • Recognize and respond to social justice issues, locally and globally; enact ethics-based approaches in study and work.
  • Write well and present information clearly for specific audiences in appropriate forms and media.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply intercultural knowledge and competence by meaningfully and ethically engaging others.
  • California public schools (K-8 Multiple Subject Credential)
  • Charter schools
  • Christian Schools
  • Home School and Consortiums
  • International Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Internationally or locally Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Academic (Tutor)
  • Church (Teach/Lead)
  • Organizational and/or Corporate (Training)
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Bachelor of Arts

BA in Liberal Studies


Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
Child Development
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)


TESOL minor
American Sign Language

Program Advisor

Nathan Herzog, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Education


David Bills, M.A.Ed.

Associate Dean, Assistant Professor - School of Education

Lois Harmon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - School of Education

Mary Rountree, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor - School of Education

Melissa MacDonald, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - School of Education

Michael Granchukoff Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - School of Education

Nathan Herzog, Ph.D.

Dean, Professor - School Of Education

Patrick McDougall, M.A.Ed.

Assistant Professor - School of Education

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