Department Affiliation: Education
The Liberal Studies major is an integrative program of study designed specifically for students seeking a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential authorizing them to teach in California elementary schools. Students are concurrently enrolled in the Liberal Studies major and the Elementary Teacher Preparation program. (See Education). This rigorous and intellectually stimulating major is designed to:
Students in the major explore areas of learning as active participants; they acquire a variety of skills and techniques, reflect on the learning process, and take responsibility for their role in it.
To be eligible for acceptance into the Liberal Studies major, applicants must have achieved a minimum grade point average of 2.5 (C +) in high school and in any previous college coursework. At the discretion of the program advisor, students pursuing the Liberal Studies major may be assigned course credit for an Advanced Placement Scores of 3, as well as of 4 or 5, in subject areas that fulfill requirements for the major.
MSMC does not do equivalency evaluations of academic preparation programs or courses completed by candidates from other colleges or universities.
Contact the Coordinator of the Liberal Studies major with questions about meeting requirements for the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. California legislation and regulations regarding credential requirements are subject to change and supercede MSMC catalog policies and department procedures regarding them.
Liberal Studies Major Requirements
All courses taken as part of the major must be approved by the Liberal Studies advisor during the official advisement period.
Mathematics and Science
Social Science and History
Physical and Health Education
The EDU 100, 101, and 102 courses provide opportunities for students to reflect on their integrative program of study. EDU 106 enables students to participate in introductory field experiences related to teaching in public school settings.
Students in the major complete a subject matter portfolio demonstrating their knowledge and skills in the areas of study included in the Liberal Studies major. According to State of California regulations, the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) is a required component of the MSMC Liberal Studies major. For candidates in the concurrent program of teacher preparation.