Interdisciplinary Educational Studies

Bachelor of Arts

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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Some of the most impactful classes I’ve taken in the IES program are “First and Second Language Acquisition”, “Creative Drama for Child/Youth”, and “Foundations of Education”. These courses have prepared me to create an extraordinary classroom environment that promotes student success through memorable and fun ways of learning.

Jocelyn Martinez '20
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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
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

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