Program of Study
The Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) option in Liberal Studies offers an excellent curricular pathway to students interested in a career in elementary or middle school teaching (grades K-8). It integrates the B.A. in Liberal Studies with the Multiple Subject (K-8 teaching) Credential from the School of Education (SoE). Coursework is selected to address the seven core subject matter areas of the K-8 curriculum (Reading, Language & Literature; History & Social Sciences; Mathematics; Science; Visual & Performing Arts; Human Development; and Physical Education), and all general education, breadth of study, area of focus, and professional preparation for teaching requirements. Note that admission to SoE’s Multiple Subject Credential program is competitive and candidates who are not admitted will change their major to LBST’s Elementary Subject Matter Option in order to complete their B.A.
Also see the other option in Liberal Studies:
Liberal Studies, B.A. – Elementary Subject Matter (ESM)
The curricula for the ITEP and ESM options have been approved as a Multiple Subject California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSETs) I-III Waiver Program by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This means that students who finish all degree requirements for the ITEP B.A., earn a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or higher, and graduate, will not need to take the CSETs I-III.
The goals of the Liberal Studies program are that of all our graduates:
- Learn to engage in reasoned thinking.
- Maintain open, inquiring, and skeptical minds.
- Know how to access and evaluate information.
- Develop cultural sensitivity and tolerance for cultural differences.
- Acquire environmental awareness.
- Establish a foundation for understanding social issues.
- Take responsibility for their thinking, actions, and impact on the world.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies in the Integrated Teacher Education Program option will:
- Earn the Multiple Subject CSET I-III Waiver.
- Articulate their role in the community, with an emphasis on how their educational experience informs their K-8 teaching.
- Collaborate with diverse groups and in multiple settings to achieve a goal.
- Collect, evaluate, and analyze primary and secondary data/resources.
The Integrated Teacher Education Program Option prepares students for careers in K-8 teaching.
Special Conditions for the Liberal Studies Major
All courses counted toward the Major, including general education, must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better. No course counting for Major requirements may be taken for a grade of Credit/No Credit. Note that a GPA of 2.67 is required for the CSET I-III Waiver.
Lower-Division Requirements (including GE) (60 Units)
The courses listed below satisfy General Education requirements as indicated at the time of publication. Check the Class Schedule for the most up-to-date list of courses satisfying these requirements.
Introduction to LBST (3 Units)
History and Social Science (HSS) (12 Units)
Mathematics (MATH) (6 Units)
Reading, Language, and Literature (RLL) (15 Units)
Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) (6 Units)
Human Development (HD) (3 Units)
Physical Education (PE) (3 Units)
Critical Thinking (3 Units)
Any LDGE A3 (PHIL 110 recommended) Units: 3
Breadth of Study Requirements (24 Units)
Courses must be taken in the following areas in order to fulfill the Breadth of Study requirement.
California History (3 Units)
Multicultural Studies (3 Units)
One of the following courses:
Field Experience (6 Units)
Area of Focus Requirement for ITEP Option (12 Units)
All students must fulfill an Area of Focus (AoF) requirement by selecting and completing one of the following modules of coursework. Each module is designed to provide students with a more focused and sustained study of a particular subject matter area. The AoF allows students to gain greater appreciation of the development of a given academic field, from basic concepts and methods to more advanced applications and theoretical horizons. Courses taken to satisfy the AoF requirement may not be used to satisfy the Multicultural Studies requirement; however, AoF coursework may be applied toward completion of a minor (an official declaration of the minor must be filed). Note that AoF requirements for ITEP and ESM are not the same. Should a student switch between the two major options, they should consult with the LBST advisor to review AoF coursework. Some classes taken for the AoF are eligible for Subject Matter Authorization. Students should consult with the School of Education to determine eligibility.
Students must complete an Area of Focus in one of the following content areas:
Reading, Language, and Literature (RLL) (12 Units)
Bilingual Spanish (12 Units)
Students seeking to complete this Area of Focus must ensure they are sufficiently proficient in Spanish by completing any preparatory coursework. Note: if you test out of SPAN 202 , please see advisor to ensure that you complete the appropriate number of upper-division units for progress to graduation.
The Bilingual Spanish Area of Focus consists of the following courses:
Minimum Total (120 Units)
In order to meet the University-wide graduation requirement of at least 40 units at the upper-division level, ITEP students will count EDMS units toward the completion of their B.A. The B.A. will be conferred once the student completes all B.A. requirements, including the minimum of 120 units. Upon successful completion of all credential requirements, candidates will be recommended to the CCTC for a preliminary teaching credential.
Professional Preparation Requirements (Multiple Subject Credential) (38 Units)
Total ITEP Units (134 Units)