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Liberal Studies in Education

Discover the degree that makes a difference.

You’ll study a comprehensive curriculum, sharpen your teaching skills and become ready to lead in the diverse field of education.

Engage in learning — inside and outside of the classroom

As a student in our program, you’ll be able to apply your knowledge by completing field studies at neighborhood schools. 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.

Launch your future as an educator

You’ll master a range of subjects by studying the ways that children learn and develop. 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 as you launch your career in education.

Expedite your path to teaching

You 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.

Cal Lutheran offers several program options to meet your needs, whether you are entering the university as a first-year student or transferring:

  • Four-year Bachelor of Arts — A traditional four-year undergraduate program to earn your bachelor’s degree with guaranteed admittance to the teaching credential program in our Graduate School of Education. The credential program typically takes two to three additional semesters to complete. You can also earn a master’s degree in teacher leadership by completing three additional graduate-level courses.
  • Integrated Credential Program — A combined four-year program where you will earn a bachelor’s degree and a multiple or single subject credential in four years. The pace of this program is more intense and will require you to take courses during the summer that may not be covered by your financial aid. After earning your credential, you can take three additional graduate-level courses to earn a master’s degree in teacher leadership.
  • Two-year Path to Credentialing for Transfer Students — This program is designed for students transferring to Cal Lutheran with an Associate’s Degree for Transfer (ADT) in education or child development (with a minimum of 60 credits) from a community college. You will complete the requirements in your first year at Cal Lutheran to move into our Graduate School of Education’s teaching credential program in your second year. Your credential program will be completed in one year, so you will graduate with your bachelor’s degree and a multiple or single subject credential at the end of your second year.

At a Glance

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts


Liberal Studies in Education


College of Arts and Science

Next Steps

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The Curriculum

With challenging and relevant courses, outstanding faculty, small class sizes, and an emphasis on hands-on learning, the liberal studies in education program will position you to succeed in your chosen career.

Program Details

Find out what it takes to earn a degree in liberal studies in education and explore the courses.

Highlighted Courses

Get familiar with some of the courses you might take in this major.

LSED 362: Teachers and Teaching

This course will examine the historical, social, and cultural foundations of American education as seen through a historical narrative with an emphasis on the diversity of contemporary schooling. Students will be provided with an introduction to issues, trends, education theory and practice. Additionally, major philosophies of education, which have informed American education and how they affect schooling in a society of multiple cultures, will be explored.

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LSED 382: Learners and Learning

The goal of the course is to identify and establish a mission and vision for teaching and learning, to introduce and explore significant issues in teaching and learning and provide information on pursuing credential requirements. The main emphasis of this course is a minimum of 60 hours of active service in a K-6 classroom where course content is applied in working with students.

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LSED 402: Theories of Teaching and Learning

This course explores of the cognitive, linguistic, social, moral, emotional, and physical factors affecting development, academic success (encompassing academic achievement, students engagement and student well-being), and behavior in children and adolescents and the teaching and learning methods that support these goals.

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LSED 408: Children’s Literature and Composition

The orienting principle is that every teacher is a teacher of reading. This course will include a focus on the necessity for teachers across all disciplines and grades to attend to dimensions of language development, linguistic diversity, and literacy learning in their classrooms. Examines how young children learn to read and write through their world of daily experiences.

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LSED 414: Culturally Responsive Pedagogies

In this course, participants will gain the knowledge and skills to reach students who are culturally and racially different from them. Students will explore their own assumptions about race, class, and culture; and learn strategies for creating classrooms that are culturally inviting to all. Students also will learn principles of Culturally Responsive Teaching, including affirming students’ cultural connections, stressing collectivity as well as individuality, and managing the classroom with firm, consistent, caring control.

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LSED 416: Educational Measurement and Assessment

Participants will investigate a number of topics related to assessment to develop professional competencies in relation to the philosophy, theory and pedagogical application of assessment practices for K-12 education. Students will also explore key educational assessment tools commonly used in psycho-educational student assessments that form the basis of student Individual Education Plans (IEPs), which teachers need to be familiar with in order to effective design instruction for students.

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Want to add even more value to your degree? Consider one of these minors to gain a unique combination of skills and perspectives.

The Experience

We offer hands-on opportunities that give you the freedom to explore your passion through real-world work and prepare for a fulfilling career.

  • Experiential Learning

    Our emphasis on active learning and interdisciplinary coursework prepares future educators to work in elementary learning environments and beyond. You’ll apply your knowledge by completing more than 300 hours of field study at neighborhood schools.

  • Professional Networking

    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.

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I most enjoyed having the opportunity to shadow in a multitude of grades as a part of my Liberal Studies in Education 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.

Noelle Ferrante

Career Paths

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

Potential Careers

Instructional Coordinators

Develop instructional material, coordinate educational content, and incorporate current technology into instruction in order to provide guidelines to educators and instructors for developing curricula and conducting courses. May train and coach teachers. Includes educational consultants and specialists, and instructional material directors.

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Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

Teach one or more subjects to students at the secondary school level.

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Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

Teach academic and social skills to students at the elementary school level.

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Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

Teach one or more subjects to students at the middle, intermediate, or junior high school level.

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Health Education Specialists

Provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Use data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. May link health systems, health providers, insurers, and patients to address individual and population health needs. May serve as resource to assist individuals, other health professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.

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Social and Community Service Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.

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Training and Development Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate the training and development activities and staff of an organization.

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Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary

Plan, direct, or coordinate the academic, administrative, or auxiliary activities of kindergarten, elementary, or secondary schools.

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Graduates from this major have gone to work at:

  • 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

Graduate Schools

Our alumni have pursued advanced degrees 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
Growing up, I watched my siblings struggle with math, whereas for me it came easy, and I saw the struggle in many of my friends as soon as I got to high school. It pushed me to use my strengths to help others succeed. Math has a bad reputation, and I wanted to be part of helping people understand that they are born with the ability to do math.

I had to create a portfolio throughout the program that highlighted my work and defended my work to my professors at the end. It made me feel accomplished and like I chose the right path for my future.

Shannon Pearce-Harris
Liberal Studies in Education, Mathematics Major
High School Mathematics Teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. Some occupations listed above may require a related graduate degree.

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