Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies is an innovative accelerated teaching degree program designed to help prospective elementary school and special education teachers complete their bachelor’s degree while gaining valuable subject matter preparation for a successful teaching career. The program equips experienced adult students, many of whom are working in classrooms as paraeducators, to draw upon their rich experiences in school settings.

Program Highlights

  • Provides integrated courses in language arts, math, science, art, music, and social science that focus on K–8 content
  • Provides subject-matter competence for passing the CSET (Multiple Subjects)
  • Integrates a Christian world view and focuses on professional skills, practical experience, cultural literacy and ethical decision making
  • Use your understanding of strengths, learning styles, and temperaments to assess K–8 student needs

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Potential Careers

Graduates of the program are armed with the knowledge and practical skills needed to succeed in a variety of roles in related industries:

K-8 Teacher

School Counselor

Child Welfare Social Worker

Course Requirements

Students must complete the following degree components at LAPU or via applicable transfer credits. See the catalog for more details.

General Education Requirements
31 Credits

General Education (31): see catalog for more details

31 Credits
Major Requirements
42 Credits

ARTS 400Visual Arts for the Elementary Teacher

3 Credits

ARTS 410Performing Arts for the Elementary Teacher

3 Credits

ENGL 420Principles of Language

3 Credits

ENGL 450Children's Literature

3 Credits

HIST 202World Civilizations

3 Credits

HIST 420United States History and the Constitution

3 Credits

HIST 440California History

3 Credits

EDUC 300Introduction to Elementary Education

3 Credits

EDUC 310Human Growth and Development for Educators

3 Credits

EDUC 510P.E., Health, and Safety for Elementary Teachers

3 Credits

MATH 301Math for the Elementary Teacher I

3 Credits

MATH 302Math for the Elementary Teacher II

3 Credits

NSCI 301Life Science

3 Credits

NSCI 325Physical, Earth, and Space Sciences

3 Credits
Electives
47 Credits

Electives (47): choose 100-400 level courses from the catalog

47 Credits
Total Credits
120 Credits
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Recommended Concentrations

A concentration is similar to a minor, but more integrated and with no extra units added to the degree. Each program allows you to choose a concentration to sharpen your skills and specialize in a focused area of study.

Child and Adolescent Psychology

Providing a framework for working with children and adolescents in a variety of settings.

The Child and Adolescent Psychology concentration provides a framework for working with children and adolescents, as opposed to concentration areas that may focus on other populations. Students have the opportunity to observe children and apply psychological theory, principles, and methodology within assignments geared toward this population. Graduates of the concentration may choose to pursue a master’s degree and beyond, and potentially a marriage and family therapy license.

PSYC 425 – Crisis Counseling and Intervention (3 Credits)

PSYC 440 – Child Psychology (3 Credits)

PSYC 445 – Adolescent Psychology (3 Credits)

PSYC 450 – Family Systems (3 Credits)

PSYC 455 – Conflict Management (3 Credits)

Cultural Psychology

Preparing for a profession associated with human services working with diverse populations.

The Cultural Psychology concentration provides a foundation to study, through the lens of psychology, the world’s rapidly changing culture. Psychological cultural sensitivity and training are critical when working with diverse populations. Students in this concentration engage material to guide thinking and skill related to cultural phenomenon impacting society at large, as well as particular populations. Fundamental psychological theories, concepts, and strategies will prepare students for a profession associated with human services working with diverse populations.

PSYC 435 – Gender Issues in Psychology (3 Credits)

PSYC 450 – Family Systems (3 Credits)

PSYC 455 – Conflict Management (3 Credits)

PSYC 480 – Group Processes (3 Credits)

BUSN 485 – Management and Organizational Behavior (3 Credits)

Educational Psychology

Hones in on particular concepts, theories, and methodologies that are fundamental for working in the fields of education and social services.

The Educational Psychology concentration provides students with specific knowledge related to special needs and educational advocacy, in addition to the child, adolescent, and family needs. This concentration hones in on particular concepts, theories, and methodologies that are fundamental for working in the fields of education and social services. This concentration also sets a solid foundation if students want to pursue a master’s degree in teaching education but want job opportunities broadened by having degrees in two fields, rather than getting an undergraduate education degree.

PSYC 360 – Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (3 Credits)

PSYC 440 – Child Psychology (3 Credits)

PSYC 445 – Adolescent Psychology (3 Credits)

PSYC 450 – Family Systems (3 Credits)

PSYC 460 – Motivation (3 Credits)

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