Liberal Studies
Mount Saint Mary's College
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Liberal Studies

Distinctive Features of Mount St. Mary’s College’s Liberal Studies Major

Offered as part of the Undergraduate Concurrent Program of Teacher Preparation

  • Is open to all qualified students (2.5 high school or transfer student grade point average required)
  • Provides opportunities to test interest in teaching by taking courses in the Education Department requiring observation and participation in public school classrooms in the Los Angeles area.
  • Connects what you teach with how you will teach those subjects to children.
  • Enables you to graduate with a B.A. degree and a preliminary elementary teaching credential.
  • Enables some to complete an area of emphasis qualifying for teaching middle school (depending on district regulations, school structures, and need).

Other distinctions to consider:

  • Liberal Studies majors have studied abroad in England, Spain, and Italy. Courses taken aboard are carefully selected to meet program requirements. See photos of past students' experiences.
  • Liberal Studies Majors have spent semesters at a CSJ-Sister school St. Rose in Albany, New York. Other sister schools are located in St. Paul, Minnesota, and St. Louis, Missouri. These “cross-country” opportunities provide a breadth of experience that reads well on a resume or position application.
  • Most students complete the coursework for the degree and credential within a four-year period and register for supervised teaching in a ninth semester (completing both degree and credential in 4 1/2 years). With careful planning and successful passing of the required tests, it is possible to complete the degree and credential in 4 years (eight semesters).
  • Credentialing is a complicated system. MSMC provides systematic advisement. Advisors are available to address specific student concerns and situations.
  • Courses taken in the Education Department for the Multiple Subject (Elementary) Teaching Credential count toward the 45 upper division unit requirement for graduation.

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