Liberal Studies/​Undergraduate Education K-​8 Program Major

Mission

The liberal studies major equips future teachers and other professionals by integrating coursework and service-learning experiences with the application of a Christian worldview as it relates to life vocation. It promotes awareness of cultural diversity issues and studies multiple curricula with an emphasis in specific subject areas aligned with Common Core standards for subject matter while fostering a holistic understanding of knowledge.

Program Overview

The Liberal Studies/Undergraduate Education K-8 program offers a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies aligned with California Common Core subject-matter standards in order to prepare undergraduate students seeking careers as elementary school teachers with the breadth of content knowledge needed to teach in a K-8 setting.

The liberal studies degree provides future elementary school teachers with opportunities to teach up to a basic ninth-grade level subject(s) and to take the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET): Multiple Subject. Opportunities are available to take additional units toward the Supplementary/Subject Matter Authorization (SMA) if the student desires to teach content up to a ninth-grade level. Consult the Liberal Studies/Undergraduate Education K-8 program in the Division of Teacher Education for complete information.

During the first two years of college, it is suggested that undergraduate liberal studies majors complete university General Education requirements and prerequisites to upper-division coursework, which is embedded in the program’s four-year plan. Students may want to explore the teaching field by taking EDLS 200 or EDLS 202 as sophomores, juniors, or seniors, along with EDLS 405, EDLS 495, and EDLS 496. Students in this program participate in a minimum of 75 hours of teacher-oriented, service-learning field experience and observation through several core liberal studies/undergraduate education K-8 courses.

APU candidates prepare to work in schools as teachers, and they must know and demonstrate the content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to help all students learn. Therefore, the Division of Teacher Education assesses candidates in these standards from admissions through recommendation of credentials, making APU graduates highly sought-after professionals.

Career Opportunities

Though most liberal studies graduates find teaching positions in public and private schools locally, nationally, and abroad, demands exist in the business and communication fields as well because of the increasing need for college graduates with broad and diverse academic backgrounds. Potential teaching careers exist in multiple subject, single subject, and special education.

Additional Preparation

Multiple subject credential candidates seeking admission into the teacher education program must take the CBEST and CSET. Undergraduate students should plan for successful passage of the CBEST during their sophomore year, and of the CSET during their junior or senior year (after most core courses are taken), prior to applying to the credential program. Those who pass these tests by graduation may be hired on paid contracts with a school district while completing their fifth-year Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. This fulfills one of the requirements for eligibility for an intern credential.

Requirements

GENERAL EDUCATION
Intellectual and Practical Skills
COMM 111Public Communication3
FFL 121Fitness for Life: Dance for the Theater2
GE 100First-Year Seminar (Liberal Studies sections)3
MATH 110College Algebra3
WRIT 110Writing 1: The Art and Craft of Writing3
Writing 23
Foreign Language 18
Biblical, Theological, and Philosophical Formation
MIN 108Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry3
PHIL 100Introduction to Philosophy3
UBBL 100Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy3
UBBL 230Luke/Acts3
Select one of the following:3
Core Texts in Christianity
Faith and the Arts
Theology and the Christian Life
Church History: Apostolic Era to the Eve of the Reformation
Church History from the Eve of the Reformation to the Present
Select one of the following:3
I and II Samuel
Old Testament Prophets
Ruth and Esther
Hebrew Poetical and Wisdom Literature
Life and Teachings of Jesus
Johannine Literature
Romans and Galatians
Thessalonian and Corinthian Epistles
Biblical Lands and Cultures
Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World
BIOL 101Introduction to Biology4
ENGL 111Studies in Literature3
HIST 121World Civilizations Since 16483
LIBERAL STUDIES
Core Requirements
ART 310Fundamental Art Experiences 23
BIOL 400Science and Children4
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Teaching as a Profession K-12 8
Introduction to Teaching as a Profession (7-12) 8
EDLS 405Diversity in the Classroom 33
EDLS 495Foundations of Education Capstone 43
EDLS 496Writing 3: Education and Professional Ethics 53
ENGL 434Children's Literature3
HIST 202United States History to 1930 63
MATH 201Mathematics Concepts for Elementary Teachers3
MUS 432Music in the Elementary Schools3
PE 450Physical Education in Elementary Schools, K-63
PSYC 290Human Growth and Development 73
Additional Requirements
ENGL 402Principles of Language3
HIST 201World Civilizations and Geography to 16483
HIST 338History of California3
PHYC 115Physical Science for Teachers3
PHYC 125Earth Science Concepts and Applications3
THTR 115Introduction to Theater 23
Concentrations
Select one concentration from the list below.12-20
Total Units121-129

Art Concentration

Required Courses
ART 145Drawing I3
ART 146Painting I3
Select one of the following:3
History of Ancient Art and Architecture 1
Writing 3: History of Modern Art and Architecture 2
History of Contemporary Art and Architecture 1
History of Early Christian and Medieval Art and Architecture 1
History of Renaissance to Rococo Art and Architecture 1
Select one of the following:3
Ceramics I
Multicultural Art 1
Upper-division Elective
DSGN 430Applied Design 31-4
or any upper-division ART course
Total Units13-16

English Concentration

Required Courses
ENGL 404Approaches to Grammar (prerequisite of ENGL 402) F3
ENGL 406Writing 3: Advanced Composition 13
Select one of the following:3
World Literature to the Renaissance 2
World Literature Since the Renaissance 2
American Literature to 1865 2
Select one of the following:3
American Literature Since 1865 2
Shakespeare 2
American Novel
Social and Psychological Aspects of Language
Total Units12

Math Concentration

See the Department of Mathematics and Physics for updated schedules.

Note: Students must begin their mathematics coursework at the level for which they qualify as determined by their SAT/ACT score, previous university coursework, or the APU mathematics placement assessment. Some students will require one or more courses prior to calculus.   

Required Courses
MATH 110College Algebra 1, 23
MATH 165Calculus I3
MATH 280Discrete Mathematics and Proof (Prerequisite of MATH 165) F3
MATH 340Geometry (Prerequisite of MATH 166; ask dept. for prereq code) S3
Choose one of the following:3
Introduction to Statistics 2
Probability and Statistics I (Prerequisite of MATH 166; ask dept. for prereq code) S
Choose 6 units from the following:6
Calculus II
Data Analysis F
Multivariable Calculus
Ordinary Differential Equations S
Linear Algebra 3, S
Applied Linear Algebra 3, F
Number Theory OF
Total Units21

Music Concentration

Required Courses
MUS 101Beginning Voice Class1
MUS 103Beginning Piano Class 11
MUS 104Elementary Piano Class 11
MUS 110Elementary Guitar Methods1
MUS 121Music Theory I 23
MUS 122Music Theory II3
MUS 133Practical Musicianship I1
MUS 134Practical Musicianship II1
MUS 201Introduction to World Music 33
MUS 250Music and Civilization3
Total Units18

Physical Education Concentration Option I1

KIN 242Fundamental Principles of Fitness3
KIN 290Human Movement Science3
KIN 306Sociological and Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity and Sport3
PE 237Methods of Teaching Rhythmic and Multicultural Activities S3
PE 250Methods of Teaching Individual Sports F2
PE 252Methods of Teaching Team Sports S3
PE 452Adapted Physical Education (prerequisite of KIN 290 and PE 450)3
Total Units20

Physical Education Concentration Option II1

Select one of the following: 3
Motor Development and Learning
Human Movement Science
PE 451Methods in Physical Education: 7-12 23
PE 452Adapted Physical Education3
PE 600Physical Education Teaching Methods for Individuals with Mild-to-Moderate Disabilities3
PE 602Physical Education Teaching Methods for Individuals with Severe-to-Profound Disabilities3
PE 605Management of Adapted Physical Education Programs3
Total Units18

Psychology Concentration (School Psychology)

 PSYC 290 and MATH 130 are prerequisite courses for the upper-division courses in this concentration.

PSYC 110General Psychology 13
MATH 130Introduction to Statistics 23
PSYC 305Educational Psychology3
PSYC 345Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development 13
PSYC 360Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 410Psychology of Exceptional Children3
Total Units18

Science Concentration Option I

BIOL 151General Biology I 14
BIOL 152General Biology II4
CHEM 123General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry for the Health Sciences 14
PHYC 140Introduction to Astronomy 14
PHYC 151Physics for Life Sciences I 14
Total Units20

Science Concentration Option II

BIOL 250Human Anatomy4
BIOL 251Human Physiology4
CHEM 123General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry for the Health Sciences 14
PHYC 151Physics for Life Sciences I 14
Total Units16

Social Science Concentration

POLI 150American Government 13
Select one of the following:3
Modern Africa
Colonial Latin America
Comparative Politics
History and Politics of the Non-Western World
Select two of the following:6
History of American Foreign Affairs S
Medieval Europe F
Renaissance and Reformation
Enlightenment Europe
Europe 1789-1914
Europe 1914-1992
Colonial Era
Civil War and Reconstruction
Modern America
Modern American Intellectual History
Total Units12

Spanish Concentration

SPAN 201Intermediate Spanish I3
SPAN 202Intermediate Spanish II3
SPAN 301Spanish Conversation and Community 1, 2, F3
WRIT 204Writing 2: Writing for the Humanities in Spanish 3, S3
Select one of the following:3
Survey of Spanish Literature
Survey of Latin American Literature
Literary Masters 4
Total Units15

Special Education Concentration

EDLS 303Introduction to Special Populations F3
EDLS 304Introduction to Teaching Special Populations S3
PSYC 110General Psychology 13
PSYC 410Psychology of Exceptional Children3
PSYC 430Intervention Strategies with Children3
Total Units15

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Analyze and demonstrate proficiency in subject matter required of K­6 teachers by the State of California
  2. Integrate K­8 curriculum concepts and disciplines through the application of lesson plans, papers, and projects in Children's Literature, Mathematical Concepts for the Elementary Teacher, Science and Children, Fundamental Art Experiences, Music in the Elementary Schools, Physical Education in the Elementary Schools
  3. Define teaching methods of instruction using best practices with a Christian perspective while integrating Integrate K­8 curriculum concepts and disciplines through the application of lesson plans, papers, and projects in Introduction to Teaching as a Profession
  4. Understand cultural diversity issues within the context of the classroom through service learning experiences, in­class discussion
  5. Identify a distinctive Christian perspective compared to a secular perspective as it pertains to current education issues through EDLS 496 Senior Seminar

EDLS 200, Introduction to Teaching as a Profession K-12, 4 Units

This course provides an overview to the teaching profession, focusing on the art of teaching at the K-12 level. Issues addressed surround the Common Core standards, the California State Standards for the Teaching Profession, and the California Content Standards, including school organization, curriculum and pedagogical practices, classroom management, and assessment. The service-learning lab requires 45 hours in a K-12 school. Meets the General Education Requirement: Civic Knowledge and Engagement. 

Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing

EDLS 202, Introduction to Teaching as a Profession (7-12), 4 Units

This course provides an overview to the teaching profession, focusing on the art of teaching at the 7-12 level. Issues addressed surround the Common Core standards, the California State Standards for the Teaching Profession, and the California Content Standards, including school organization, curriculum and pedagogical practices, classroom management, and assessment. The service-learning lab requires 45 hours in a 7-12 school. Meets the General Education Requirement: Civic Knowledge and Engagement. 

Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing

EDLS 300, Introduction to Teaching as a Profession, 4 Units

Lecture, 3 hours; Lab, 1 hour and 15 minutes per week: This course provides an overview to the teaching profession, focusing on the art of teaching at the K-12 level. Issues addressed surround the California State Standards for the Teaching Profession and Content Standards including school organization, curriculum and pedagogical practices, classroom management, and assessment. The service-learning lab requires 15 hours in a K-12 school.

Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing

EDLS 302, Introduction to Teaching as a Profession: 7-12, 4 Units

Lecture, 3 hours; Lab, 1 hour 15 minutes per week: The course provides an overview to the art and profession of teaching at the 7-12 level. Issues addressed surround the California State Standards for Content and the Teaching Profession, including school organization, curriculum and pedagogical practices, classroom management, and assessment. The service-learning lab requires 15 hours in 7-12 classrooms.

Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing

EDLS 303, Introduction to Special Populations, 3 Units

This course will provide an overview of educational practices that influence the identification, placement, and teaching of students with mild to moderate disabilities. The basic principles of special education, including its history, legal mandates, and descriptions of various types of disabling conditions will be examined. Learning problems will be addressed in terms of the specific categories related to mild to moderate disabilities.

Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing

EDLS 304, Introduction to Teaching Special Populations, 3 Units

This course will provide an overview of instructional practices and procedures for assisting the prospective teacher in his role as educator of students with mild to moderate disabilities. It will raise awareness of the exceptional child first and foremost as an individual who is influenced by and must cope with the broad contexts or environments of family, peers, school, and society.

Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing

EDLS 405, Diversity in the Classroom, 3 Units

This course focuses on the examination of the interaction of the student's cultural background with ethics, racial, religious, and gender issues, the educational setting, and wider social forces that affect traditional success and failure for students who are linguistically and culturally different. The course evaluates the role that administrators and teachers play in nurturing a spirit of multiculturalism in schools. Includes service-learning hours in educational settings. Meets the General Education Requirement: Intercultural Competence. 

Prerequisite: Junior standing

EDLS 495, Foundations of Education Capstone, 3 Units

This is the capstone course for seniors in the Liberal Studies program. In this course, students integrate the concepts and skills they have learned throughout their various Liberal Studies courses, apply their knowledge in a classroom service learning experience, and prepare to transition from college to their teaching careers. Students utilize the California State Common Core Standards for the Teaching Profession to reflect on their growth as educators, synthesize their knowledge and service learning experiences from across multiple courses to develop their personal philosophy of education, and generate cross-disciplinary projects that showcase their skills in curriculum development and pedagogy while preparing for the CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers). In addition, students develop essential job searching and interviewing skills. Meets the General Education Requirement: Integrative and Applied Learning. 

Prerequisite: EDLS 496, EDLS 200 or EDLS 202, EDLS 405, and senior standing

EDLS 496, Writing 3: Education and Professional Ethics, 3 Units

This writing 3 course prepares students to develop a written thesis which offers a cogent analysis of a complex topic while defending a clear thesis. Students will understand and express a Christian perspective on issues critical to the education profession through a written thesis. Biblical and theological themes relating to education provide a base, while historical biographies and examples supply a context in which students generate a distinctively Christian response to a contemporary problem facing education. Meets the General Education Requirement: Writing 3: Writing in the Disciplines. 

Prerequisite: Junior standing, Writing 2

EDLS 497, Readings, 1-4 Units

This is a program of study concentrating on assigned readings, discussions, and writing arranged between, and designed by, a student of upper-division standing and a full-time professor. An independent study fee is assessed for each enrollment in this class.

Faculty

Program Director

Paul Flores, Ph.D.

Professor

Paul Flores, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Tolulope Noah, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty

Kerry DeRenzo, Ph.D.

Christine Estrada, M.A.

Suzanne Evans, M.Ed.

Serena Frisella, M.A.

Celynda Wilder-Kingsby, Ed.D.