Interdisciplinary Educational Studies (Liberal Studies)

Offered as a major (B.A.)

There is no calling like that of an educator, and the strength of your passion is matched by this major.

Offered in collaboration with our Graduate School of Education, our program prepares you to teach K-12 and enter teacher credentialing programs at the graduate level.

The Curriculum

The Interdisciplinary Educational Studies major is designed to prepare students to teach elementary school and earn a multiple subject California preliminary teaching credential. There are two pathways to achieve these goals:

The Traditional Program

The traditional program consists of four years to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree and two semesters of graduate study through the Department of Learning and Teaching to secure a California preliminary credential. Standard admission procedures apply. Transfer students are welcome.

The Integrated Program

The integrated program provides a course of study that allows qualified students to complete their Bachelor of Arts degree and their Californian preliminary multiple subject credential in four years. Students must be approved by the Director of Liberal Studies after University admissions for this program.

The Experience
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The most important factor in helping students to discover their purpose is to create a collaborative and engaging learning community where students have many opportunities to explore questions that are meaningful and applicable to their real world experience. In doing so, they focus in on what is most important and ultimately discover their purpose.

Maureen Lorimer
Associate Professor
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For years, I taught with success but did not fully understand the basis for that success. As my pedagogical research progressed, a teaching and learning model emerged that advances my teaching and guides professional development for other classroom teachers. This discovery continues to strengthen my teaching as I work and learn with my students.

Michael McCambridge
Associate Professor
Your Future

Graduates from our program seek careers as teachers and administrators in public, private, and parochial educational institutions.

Our alumni study at:

  • California State University, Fullerton
  • University of Arizona
  • John Hopkins University
  • Fresno Pacific University
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • University of Hawaii
  • Seattle University
  • Colorado University, Boulder

They work for:

  • Conejo Vallery School District
  • Adventure Teaching
  • ATI American TESOL Institute
  • Cornerstone Community Church
  • ELCA Division for Global Mission
  • LA Unified School District
  • Pinecrest Elementary
  • Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District
  • Rolling Oaks Child Development Center

Career paths:

  • Single Subject Teacher
  • Multiple Subject Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • ESL Teacher
  • Coach
  • Manager
  • Director of Recreation