Liberal Studies (Elementary Education)

The Liberal Studies major is a pre-credential major designed for students who desire a teaching career in Elementary Education. Focuses in the Liberal Studies program include the arts, sciences, language and grammar, mathematics, literature and social sciences.

We also offer a convenient 12-month liberal studies ASPIRE degree-completion program available for working adults.

Course Requirements

  • Major Requirements
    Course Code Title Units
    ARTS 4100 Chidren's Art 1
    BIOL 3510 Environmental Science 3
    EDUC 4420 Curriculum and Instruction 5
    ENGL 2100 Introduction to Literature 3
    ENGL 3200W Advanced Composition 3
    ENGL 3275 Grammar and Editing 3
    ENGL 4220 Children's Literature 3
    GEOG 3210 World Regional Geography 3
    HIST 2330 U.S. History to 1877 3
    HIST 2340 U.S. History from 1877 3
    HIST 3340 History of California 3
    HUMA 1460 World Civilizations II 3
    LING 4320 Language Learning 3
    MATH 2410 Math Concepts for Teachers II 3
    MUSI 1500 Introduction to Music 3
    MUAP 3770 Children’s Music 3
    PHED 3110 Motor Learning & Performance 2
    PHYS 1510 Introduction to Physics 4

    One of the following:

    Course Code Title Units
    EDUC 4020 Psychological Applications in Education 3
    PSYC 3016 Lifespan Development 3

    And all classes for the EDUCATION MINOR (13 additional credits):

    Course Code Title Units
    EDUC 2000 Introduction to Education 3
    EDUC 4020 Psychological Applications in Education 3
    EDUC 4400/4410 Language Arts 4
    EDUC 4420 Curriculum and Instruction 5
    EDUC 4460/4470 Multicultural Instruction 3

Other Education Majors

Learning Outcomes

  • Liberal Studies students will develop knowledge of the California Academic Content Standards and Common Core State Standards in subject areas taught by multiple subjects teachers.
  • Liberal Studies students will synthesize and demonstrate subject knowledge and pedagogical skills needed to teach Kindergarten through eighth grades.
  • Liberal Studies students will be prepared to enter the Teacher Credentialing program.

Students interested in adding an Education minor to their education should consult with their academic advisor. For more information on course requirements and descriptions, please view the Academic Catalog.

Course Code Title Units
EDUC 2000 Introduction to Education 3
EDUC 4020 Psychological Applications in Education 3
EDUC 4400/4410 Language Arts 4
EDUC 4420 Curriculum and Instruction 5
EDUC 4460/4470 Multicultural Instruction 3

TOTAL CREDITS: 13

Allison Hall

Director of Student Teaching

ahall@simpsonu.edu

Alison joined the School of Education in 2019. She has a master’s in Education and more than 25 years of teaching experience and student mentoring. In her role as director of student teaching, she works with area schools and their administrators to facilitate student teaching placements for Simpson University student teachers.

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