Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

The B.A. in Liberal Studies is the undergraduate major of choice for the individual desiring to teach in an elementary classroom or for those students seeking a broad liberal studies education. The program has two emphasis options, the Multiple Subject Teaching Emphasis and the Integrated California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential Emphasis. The Multiple Subject Teaching Emphasis provides the undergraduate preparation needed for entry into post-baccalaureate Multiple Subject Credential Programs while the Integrated California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential Emphasis combines that undergraduate coursework with the curriculum of the School of Education’s Multiple Subject Teacher Credential Program. Admission requirements for the two options differ so please note requirements listed below. The B.A. in Liberal Studies program is administered jointly by the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Education.

I. The Multiple Subjects Teaching Emphasis

The Multiple Subject Teaching Emphasis encompasses college instruction in the subjects that are commonly taught in California's elementary schools including courses in English/language arts, natural sciences, mathematics, visual and performing arts, history and social science, human development, physical education and health. Courses are aligned with subject matter requirements for multiple subject credential candidates and the Common Core State Standards. Candidates examine education from a variety of perspectives, explore child development as it relates to learning and teaching, and conduct applied research projects.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Educational Perspectives: Analyze the relationships between education, self, society and nature.
  • Child Development:  Apply theories of social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development to learning and teaching.
  • Research: Create an applied research project.
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Apply subject matter knowledge in an educational context.

Admission Requirements

The standard Brandman University undergraduate admission requirements described in the admission section of the catalog apply to this emphasis.

Scholarship

The following courses must be passed with a letter grade of “C” or higher:

LBSU 250Education and Society in the 21st Century3
LBSU 403Liberal Studies Multiple Subjects Capstone3
ENGU 420Language Development and Acquisition3
ENGU 450Literature of Children and Young Adults3
NSCU 302Life Science3
NSCU 304Earth and Physical Science3
MATU 206Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I3
MATU 207Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II3
ARTU 450Creativity and the Visual Arts3
LBSU 310Music, Movement and Drama: The Human Expression3
HISU 358United States History and Democracy3
HISU 360World History and Geography3
HISU 372California History3
EDUU 350Teaching and Learning3

The following courses must be passed with a letter grade of “C+” or higher: 

PSYU 323Child Development3
EDUU 551Educational Applications of Computers Level I3
EDUU 513Student Health and Safety2
EDUU 514Physical Education for Elementary Teachers1

Courses in the BA Liberal Studies program may be used to fulfill both major and general education requirements, as appropriate.

The Multiple Subjects Teaching Emphasis Program Requirements 

Education Foundations
LBSU 250Education and Society in the 21st Century3
EDUU 551Educational Applications of Computers Level I3
LBSU 403Liberal Studies Multiple Subjects Capstone3
Education Foundations Subtotal9
Subject Matter Courses
English/Language Arts:
ENGU 420Language Development and Acquisition3
ENGU 450Literature of Children and Young Adults3
Natural Sciences:
NSCU 302Life Science3
NSCU 304Earth and Physical Science3
Mathematics:
MATU 206Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I3
MATU 207Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II3
Visual & Performing Arts:
ARTU 450Creativity and the Visual Arts3
LBSU 310Music, Movement and Drama: The Human Expression3
History and Social Science:
HISU 358United States History and Democracy3
HISU 360World History and Geography3
HISU 372California History3
Child Development/Health and PE:
PSYU 323Child Development3
EDUU 350Teaching and Learning3
EDUU 513Student Health and Safety *2
EDUU 514Physical Education for Elementary Teachers *1
Subject Matter Courses Subtotal42
Total Credits51
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Students in the BA Liberal Studies program, regardless of class level, are allowed to enroll in required 500 graduate level courses without Dean approval.

NOTE: Teacher Credential Programs: A California Multiple Subject credential requires both proof of subject matter competence, i.e. passing score on the appropriate CSET and CBEST, and completion of an approved credential program. Students seeking a multiple subject credential must make formal application to the School of Education. See your program advisor for information about the requirements and procedures for applying to the multiple subject credential program.   

II. Integrated California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential Emphasis

The Integrated California Multiple Subject Credential Emphasis provides students with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from the School of Arts and Sciences and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the School of Education. The program includes upper division and graduate-level courses that are taken across the schools.

The Multiple Subject Teaching Emphasis encompasses college instruction in the subjects that are commonly taught in California's elementary schools including courses in English/language arts, natural sciences, mathematics, visual and performing arts, history and social science, human development, physical education and health. Courses are aligned with subject matter requirements for multiple subject credential candidates and the Common Core State Standards. Candidates examine education from a variety of perspectives, explore child development as it relates to learning and teaching, and conduct applied research projects.

The Multiple Subject Credential program prepares individuals to teach all subjects in a self-contained classroom, K-12, including English Language Learners; it is the credential typically sought by those who wish to teach in an elementary school (K-6). Credential courses and fieldwork experiences are aligned with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Teacher Performance Expectations and reflect current research in education and best practices. Candidates utilize Common Core Standards and other state content standards to design engaging lessons and develop skills in planning and differentiating instruction, classroom management, and assessment. In addition, the program focuses on the use of technology in the classroom and the development of 21st Century Skills.

Program Learning Outcomes for the Subject Matter Preparation

  • Educational Perspectives:  Analyze the relationships between education, self, society and nature.
  • Child Development: Apply theories of social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development to learning and teaching.
  • Research: Create an applied research project.
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Apply subject matter knowledge in an educational context.

Program Learning Outcomes for the Multiple Subject Credential

  • Focused Inquiry: Examine classroom, school and the community contexts and use information to plan and design learning experiences.
  • Positive Learning Environment: Develop and utilize classroom management strategies that support student learning and encourage positive social interaction.
  • Curriculum Design: Create learning experiences that make subject matter accessible and comprehensible to students.
  • Instruction: Design differentiated instruction based on the needs of students.
  • Assessment: Utilize multiple methods of assessment to monitor student learning and inform instruction.
  • Clinical Practice: Apply subject matter pedagogical skills in authentic settings and continually reflect on and evaluate the effects of decisions and actions on others.

Professional Dispositions

The School of Education has adopted a set of professional behaviors or dispositions and candidates are expected to demonstrate these dispositions throughout all education programs. Dispositions are evaluated by course instructors at different points in the program and candidates do a self-assessment at the beginning and end of the program. The Professional Dispositions are provided to all education students at their initial advising session and can also be found on the University Student Code of Conduct section and on the School of Education Student Services page in MyBrandman.

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants to this emphasis must complete the formal application process through the School of Education, with all required documents including official (sealed) transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended (only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer), a “Statement of Intent” and three recommendation forms.
  2. Proof of a passing score on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) or any CTC approved basic skills tests is required for admission to this program.
  3. Applicants must possess a grade point average of 2.75 (GPA) in all prior college-level coursework. The grade point average that determines admission is based solely on work at regionally accredited post-secondary institutions.
  4. Applicants transferring from another institution's integrated teacher preparation program must supply a letter from that institution's Education Department attesting to the applicant's good standing in one’s program. Such a letter should be written on institutional letterhead by the Dean, the department chair, the director of teacher education, or some other person in a similar position.
  5. Students must have completed 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent for admission to Brandman University. The 12 credits may consist of all or any combination of the following credit types: transfer work, dual credit, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, approved PLA (Prior Learning Assessment), CLEP (College Level Examination Program), and DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) scores.
  6. For those applying under an active military agreement with Brandman University, admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts. If additional coursework from other institutions is submitted prior to admission this coursework will also be included in determining admissibility and transferability for course credit. After admission, any additional coursework previously taken must be submitted to the Division of Student Services within the first trimester after admission to be evaluated for transfer credit. If the additional coursework credit was included in the initial minimum transfer credit awarded, while such coursework may meet specific degree requirements, no duplication of credit will be awarded. For those applying under the AU-ABC agreement, transcripts from the Community College of the Air Force will be used to determine eligibility.

NOTE: Students may not be eligible for this emphasis based on previous coursework taken. Admission decisions are determined by the School of Education.  

Scholarship

The following courses must be passed with a letter grade of “C” or higher:

LBSU 250Education and Society in the 21st Century3
LBSU 403Liberal Studies Multiple Subjects Capstone3
ENGU 420Language Development and Acquisition3
ENGU 450Literature of Children and Young Adults3
NSCU 302Life Science3
NSCU 304Earth and Physical Science3
MATU 206Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I3
MATU 207Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II3
ARTU 450Creativity and the Visual Arts3
LBSU 310Music, Movement and Drama: The Human Expression3
HISU 358United States History and Democracy3
HISU 360World History and Geography3
HISU 372California History3
EDUU 350Teaching and Learning3

The following courses must be passed with a letter grade of “C+” or higher:

PSYU 323Child Development3
EDUU 551Educational Applications of Computers Level I3
EDUU 513Student Health and Safety2
EDUU 514Physical Education for Elementary Teachers1

Courses in the BA Liberal Studies program may be used to fulfill both major and general education requirements, as appropriate.

The following credential courses must be passed with a letter grade of "B-" or higher. A grade of "C+" or lower is considered unacceptable and the course must be repeated. Candidates need to have completed all credential coursework maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

EDUU 510Introduction to Teaching3
EDUU 511Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling3
EDUU 512The Art & Craft of Teaching3
EDMU 520Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms I3
EDMU 521Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms II3
EDMU 523History, Social Science and Visual/Performing Arts in K-8 Classrooms3
EDMU 524Teaching and Learning Mathematics in K-8 Classrooms3
EDMU 525Teaching and Learning Science in K-8 Classrooms3
EDUU 544Student Teaching Seminar I2
EDUU 545Student Teaching Seminar II2

Transfer Credit

Transferability of coursework is subject to the standard undergraduate transfer policy except for EDMU and EDUU coursework. Transferability of EDMU and EDUU credential coursework that is not on the approved list cannot be determined until a student is admitted to the Integrated California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential Emphasis. A request to transfer coursework may be granted IF:

  1. the course(s) can be shown to be equivalent in content to the Brandman course(s) and
  2. meets the Brandman University graduate transfer credit policy and
  3. is approved by the Associate Dean. 

EDUU 510 Introduction to Teaching must be taken at Brandman University.

Credential courses that are more than seven years old prior to application for the credential cannot be transferred into the program. Up to 6 credits may be transferred into the credential program.

Integrated California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential Emphasis Program Requirements 

Education Foundations
LBSU 250Education and Society in the 21st Century3
EDUU 551Educational Applications of Computers Level I3
LBSU 403Liberal Studies Multiple Subjects Capstone3
Education Foundations Subtotal9
Subject Matter Courses
English/Language Arts:
ENGU 420Language Development and Acquisition3
ENGU 450Literature of Children and Young Adults3
Natural Science:
NSCU 302Life Science3
NSCU 304Earth and Physical Science3
Mathematics:
MATU 206Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I3
MATU 207Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II3
Visual & Performing Arts:
ARTU 450Creativity and the Visual Arts3
LBSU 310Music, Movement and Drama: The Human Expression3
History and Social Science:
HISU 358United States History and Democracy3
HISU 360World History and Geography3
HISU 372California History3
Child Development/Health and PE:
PSYU 323Child Development3
EDUU 350Teaching and Learning3
EDUU 513Student Health and Safety *2
EDUU 514Physical Education for Elementary Teachers *1
Subject Matter Courses Subtotal42
Credential Courses
EDUU 510Introduction to Teaching *3
EDUU 511Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling *3
EDUU 512The Art & Craft of Teaching *3
EDMU 520Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms I *3
EDMU 521Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms II *3
EDMU 523History, Social Science and Visual/Performing Arts in K-8 Classrooms *3
EDMU 524Teaching and Learning Mathematics in K-8 Classrooms *3
EDMU 525Teaching and Learning Science in K-8 Classrooms3
EDMU 582Directed Teaching I: Elementary School *3
EDUU 544Student Teaching Seminar I *2
EDMU 583Directed Teaching II: Elementary School *3
EDUU 545Student Teaching Seminar II *2
Credential Courses Subtotal34
Total Credits85
*

Students in the BA Liberal Studies program, regardless of class level, are allowed to enroll in required 500 graduate level courses without Dean approval.

Program Requirements

Intake Interview

All candidates, including those transferring from another institution, must successfully participate in an intake interview with a faculty member within the first session of enrollment.

Subject Matter Competency

All candidates in the Integrated California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential Emphasis must demonstrate subject matter competency with verification of a passing score indicating passage of all subtests for the appropriate subject matter examination (CSET).  Verification must be reflected in the candidate’s electronic file and been received prior to an application for Directed Teaching.   Subject Matter Examination subtest results can be no older than ten (10) years. Students may request for Brandman University to receive their scores directly from Pearson so students will not have to submit passing scores to a campus.

Certificate of Clearance

A Certificate of Clearance (including fingerprints) or a copy of a valid credential or short-term permit must be submitted to the School of Education within the first session of enrollment. Candidates who do not submit verification of a certificate of clearance cannot advance in any coursework that requires observation or fieldwork in a K-12 setting.  A certificate of clearance or child development permit must be active prior to clinical practice.

Tuberculosis Test

Candidates must submit to the School of Education within the first session of enrollment a current “negative” tuberculosis test that verifies the candidate does not have active tuberculosis.  Negative tuberculosis tests must be no more than two years old and cover the clinical practice period.  Candidates who do not submit verification of a negative T.B. test cannot advance in any coursework that requires observation or fieldwork in a K-12 setting. A person whose tuberculosis test is “positive” can submit results from a chest x-ray examination that verifies the candidate does not have active tuberculosis.  The negative tuberculosis tests done by X-rays must be no more than five years old and cover the two practicum periods.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification

All candidates must submit to the School of Education a valid CPR certification for pediatric and adult. The CPR certification must verify both categories and the card must be submitted prior to applying for any clinical practice.  CPR certification must be valid and be current when a candidate applies for their preliminary credential.

U.S. Constitution Requirement

All candidates must complete a course in the provisions and principles of the U.S. Constitution. For this program HISU 358 United States History and Democracy meets the requirement.

RICA Exam

All candidates must pass the state Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) prior to the exit interview. The RICA should not be taken until EDMU 520 Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms I and EDMU 521 Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms II have been successfully completed. Students may request for Brandman University to receive their scores directly from Pearson so students will not have to submit passing scores to a campus.

Student Teaching (Clinical Practice)

Advancement to Student Teaching

Applications for Clinical Practice must be submitted online by the candidate through the SOE Services MyBrandman site by the established deadline date.  Subject matter competency and all requirements listed above must be met prior to the application deadline except the RICA exam. Candidates also need to have completed all Education Foundations, Subject Matter and credential coursework with the exception of EDUU 544 Student Teaching Seminar I and EDUU 545 Student Teaching Seminar II maintaining a 3.0 GPA in all credential courses. 

Directed Teaching

  1. Directed Teaching consists of two sessions of full-day directed teaching at two different grade levels that meet the cross-cultural criteria.
  2. Directed Teaching placements must be completed in public schools.
  3. The Clinical Coordinator, not the student, at each campus location will make the Directed Teaching placements.
  4. Approved university personnel will supervise all student teachers.
  5. Summer school placements are not acceptable unless in year-round public schools.

Candidate performance in Directed Teaching will be reflected with a grade of Pass or No Pass. A grade of Pass indicates that the candidate has demonstrated acceptable competency in meeting the required Teacher Performance Expectations (TPE) standards. A grade of No Pass indicates that the candidate has not met the TPE standards and must meet with the Campus Clinical Coordinator. Students in this situation may have to complete an additional Directed Teaching assignment or may be dismissed from the program.

California Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA)

The California Teaching Performance Assessment is required for Integrated California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential Emphasis candidates. The assessment consists of two instructional cycles based on the pedagogical sequence of plan, teach and assess, reflect and apply. Each of these four steps is addressed by each instructional cycle. Candidates complete Instructional Cycle 1 during Directed Teaching I and Instructional Cycle 2 during Directed Teaching II. Tasks are submitted through Pearson Education and candidates pay a fee to submit each cycle. Candidates who fail either of the two cycles must retake the cycle and pay the associated fee.   Both cycles must passed  in order to be recommended for the multiple or single subject credential.

Recommendation for Credential

Candidates may apply to the Teaching Accreditation Department to be recommended to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for their credential after they have successfully completed and passed all coursework for the degree and program requirements listed above and the BA Liberal Studies degree has been conferred.  To apply for the credential candidates complete the Recommendation Form on the SOE Services MyBrandman site.  Once the recommendation is made by the Teacher Accreditation Department candidates can submit the credential fee to the CTC for the credential.