Interdisciplinary Educational Studies

Bachelor of Arts

Discover the degree that makes a difference.

You'll study a comprehensive curriculum, sharpen your teaching skills and leave ready to lead in the diverse world of education.

The Curriculum
Put theory into practice

Our emphasis on experiential, active learning and interdisciplinary coursework prepares future educators to work in elementary learning environments and beyond. You’ll master a range of subjects, study the ways children learn and develop, and apply your knowledge by completing more than 300 hours of field study at neighborhood schools.

Whether it’s through courses like “Career Decisions in Education” or by exploring different areas of the field, we’ll help you discover your passion and provide the tools to succeed in your chosen career path.

Connect with fellow educators

With Cal Lutheran’s small class sizes and the networking opportunities built into this program, you’ll walk away with a community you can lean on and look to for inspiration.

You’ll form ties with fellow IES students, find close faculty mentors, and be able to participate in the student-run Club Teach. In addition, after serving in classrooms at a partner school or program of your choice, you can graduate with a set of connections in the educational community who know your talents and will be eager to support your career journey.

Fast track your journey to the classroom

Students can save time and money by earning an expedited multiple-subject teaching credential or master’s degree through pathways developed in collaboration with the Graduate School of Education.

With the 4+1 option, you can begin working toward your credential while an undergrad, finish in one year after graduation, and have the option to pursue a master's at the end by taking three additional graduate courses. You can also pursue a fast-paced integrated path that allows completion of a bachelor’s and credential in just four years. Or, you can earn a traditional four-year degree and transition to the graduate school to complete a credential in only three semesters.

The Experience
Interdisciplinary Educational Studies major photo of student or faculty

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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The IES program at Cal Lutheran is so unique because of the fact that you’re given the opportunity to be in class, doing field work with students every year. The hands-on experience, the close-knit community, the emphasis on active learning at Cal Lutheran – that’s not gonna be found anywhere else.

Malia Potter '21
Your Future

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

Our alumni study at:
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • California State Fullerton
  • California State Northridge
  • Colorado University, Boulder
  • John Hopkins University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Seattle University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of California Santa Barbara
Our alumni work for:
  • ATI American TESOL Institute
  • Conejo Valley Unified School District
  • Cornerstone Community Church
  • ELCA Division for Global Mission
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District
  • Rolling Oaks Child Development Center
  • Ventura Unified School District
Career paths:
  • Admissions Counselor
  • Coach
  • Director of Recreation
  • Director of Youth
  • Disaster Survivor Assistance Specialist
  • ESL Teacher
  • Single Subject Teacher
  • Manager
  • Math Instructor
  • Multiple Subject Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher

of Cal Lutheran graduates find a job or enroll in graduate school within nine months

More Career Outcomes
Stephanie Fallon

I most enjoyed having the opportunity to shadow in a multitude of grades as a part of my IES major at Cal Lutheran. It helped prepare me for a career in education by exposing me to the unique needs of children at different educational stages. It was an amazing experience because it helped me discover what grade I am most passionate about. I also was able to shadow multiple teachers and learn what teaching style aligned with my own educational values.

Stephanie Fallon ’18

6th Grade Teacher
Simi Valley Unified School District