Liberal Studies


Bachelor of Arts

The Jessup School of Education provides programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a minor in Bible and theology. Candidates have the option of either a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential or Subject Concentration. This program provides a broad exposure to various fields of human knowledge with an emphasis on effective communication, critical thinking, leadership, education, and character formation.

47 – 60 UNITS




All students majoring in liberal studies must declare their program pathway as either a Preliminary California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (K-8 elementary education) and/or a specific subject concentration. The subject concentrations include Child Development, English, History, and Psychology.

Students choosing to pursue a Preliminary California K-8 Multiple Subject Credential will complete an accredited program approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing based on the guidelines set forth in Senate Bill 2042 (2003). Successful graduates will be credentialed to teach all subjects in kindergarten through grade eight in self-contained classrooms in public and private schools in California. The Teacher Performance Expectations (TPEs) listed below are the basis for course content and assessment of candidate performance. They are introduced, practiced, and demonstrated in specific TEDU courses across the program.

  • 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.

Concentrations (18 units)
Multiple Subject Education
Child Development

Program Courses

  • Core Courses (24 Units): The following courses are part of the requirement for this major and are recommended to fulfill general education requirements.
    • TEDU123 | Multicultural Education
    • TEDU302 | Foundations of Education
    • TEDU310 | Educational Psychology
    • TEDU323 | Language, Culture, and Literacy
    • HIST291 | American History
    • MATH100 | Analytical Inquiry
    • PHYS100 | Conceptual Physics
    • PSYC141 | Developmental Psychology

Students in concentrations other than multiple subject education must also take the following courses as part of their core:  CAPS175 | Career Exploration for Freshmen and Sophomores OR CAPS375 | Career Exploration for Juniors and Seniors. 

Liberal Studies Concentrations: Students must choose a concentration listed below.

  • Multiple Subject Education Concentration (36 units)
    • TEDU101 | Teaching as a Profession
    • TEDU102 | Curriculum and Methods in PE and Health Science
    • TEDU110 | Technology for Teachers
    • TEDU251 | Curriculum and Methods in Visual and Performing Arts
    • TEDU275 | Field Experience I
    • TEDU311 | Curriculum and Methods in History and Social Science
    • TEDU375 | Field Experience II
    • TEDU413 | Curriculum and Methods in Math and Science
    • TEDU423 | Curriculum and Methods in Literature and Language
    • TEDU475 | Student Teaching I
    • TEDU476 | Student Teaching II
  • English Concentration (18 units)
    • ENGL160 | Introduction to Literacy Studies OR ENGL286 | Creative Writing
    • Choose one of the following:
      • ENGL220 | Foundations of British Literature
      • ENGL221 | British Literature since 1800
      • ENGL231 | American Literature to 1865
      • ENGL232 | American Literature 1865 to Present
    • TEDU423 | Curriculum and Methods in Literature and Language
    • TEDU498 | Capstone
    • 2 Upper Division Literature Electives
  • Child Development Concentration (18 units)
    • CDV101 | Introduction to Child Development
    • CDEV170 | Observation, Assessment & Positive Guidance of Childhood Behavior
    • CDEV212 | The Child, Family & Community
    • CDEV332 | Early Experiences in Language Arts & Social Sciences
    • CDEV401 | Infant & Toddler Development
    • TEDU498 | Capstone
  • History Concentration (18 units)
    • ENGL110 | Literature and Culture or PPOL341 | Political Economy
    • HIST315 | History of Religion in American
    • HIST371 | The Twentieth Century
    • TEDU311 | Curriculum and Methods in History and Social Science
    • TEDU498 | Capstone
    • 1 Upper Division Literature Electives
  • Psychology Concentration (18 units)
    • PSYC100 | Introduction to Psychology
    • PSYC102 | Psychology and Christian Thought
    • PSYC222 | Interpersonal Processes OR PSYC230 | Psychology of Relationships
    • PSYC351 | Abnormal Psychology
    • TEDU498 | Capstone
    • Choose one of the following:
      • PSYC203 | Social Psychology
      • PSYC332 | Multicultural Issues in Psychology
      • PSYC345 | Gender Studies

To view all courses and course descriptions, please see our current Academic Catalog.

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

Jessup 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.

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