Students apply for admission to the liberal studies major with an emphasis in integrated teacher education program (ITEP-MS) during the spring semester of their sophomore year. Students who qualify for admission the summer prior to their junior year must have a GPA of 2.7 or better, passing scores on the CBEST, a documented field experience, and a completed program application.
Additional Requirements for Subject Matter Preparation Certification
Certification of subject matter competency by the liberal studies program requires completion of all CSET-aligned courses with grades of C (2.0) or better and cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better. If a course is repeated, the highest grade will count. (See Policies and Procedures for CSET Waiver available on program website.)
Preparation for the Major
Complete 46 units of lower division core plus the courses listed below. These courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better and may not be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC).
In recognition of the increasing globalization in all sectors of world society, the Liberal Studies International Experience has been established. Students participate in designated, pre-approved study abroad experiences in a different country. Options include a variety of short term and semester formats designed to meet the needs of different students, including those with family and work responsibilities. The purpose of the experience is to increase student awareness of cross-cultural and global issues - issues that are critical to their development as future teachers and citizens in a complex, rapidly changing world. All liberal studies majors are required to participate in an international experience approved by the program director.
To meet the international experience requirement, majors must complete one of the following: