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The Liberal Studies Core

A minimum of 102 units distributed in Areas I, II, III, IV, V, and VI. No Core classes may be taken Credit/No Credit.

Area I: Language Arts (minimum 22 units)

  • Group 1. Written Communication:
    • Choose one course from: ASAM 100, AFRS 100, CHLS 104, ENGL 100
  • Group 2. Oral Communication:
    • Choose one course from: COMM 130, COMM 335
  • Group 3: Survey of Literature:
    • Choose one course from: CWL 100; ENGL 180, ENGL 250A or ENGL 250B, ENGL 270A or ENGL 270B, ENGL 375
  • Group 4. Applied Composition: Take ENGL 309
    Prerequisites: None.
  • Group 5. Language Acquisition:
    • Choose one course from: CD 329, EDSP 454, LING 329
  • Group 6. Children's Literature:
    • Choose one course from: AFRS 415, COMM 352, ENGL 481
  • Group 7. Language Arts Capstone: Take L/ST 400
    Prerequisites: Limited to Liberal Studies majors who have completed all Area I Core requirements with a "C" or better grade, or consent of department chair.

Area II: Mathematics (minimum 12 units)

  • Group 1. Real Numbers: Take MTED 110
    Prerequisites: ELM or ELM exemption or MAPB 11.
  • Group 2. Probability and Activities-Based Statistics:
    • Take MTED 205
      Prerequisites: ELM or ELM exemption or MAPB 11 and MTED 110.
  • Group 3. Geometry and Measurement:
    • Choose one course from: MTED 211 or MTED 312
  • Group 4. Mathematics Capstone: Take MTED 402
    Prerequisites: "C" or better in both MTED 110, and either MTED 211 or MTED 312 or the equivalent and a course in Critical Thinking.

Area III: Natural Science (minimum 14 units)

  • Group 1. Earth Science:
    • Choose from: GEOL 102 and GEOL 104, or GEOL 106* (*GEOL 106 is the preferred course)
  • Group 2. Life Science: Take BIOL 200
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements.
  • Group 3. Physical Science: Take PHSC 112
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: One course from Category B.2 of GE Foundation.
  • Group 4. Natural Science Capstone: Take SCED 401
    Prerequisites: BIOL 200; PHSC 112; GEOL 106, or both GEOL 102 and GEOL 104; all with a "C" or better grade.

Area IV: History-Social Science (minimum 19 units)

  • Group 1. American History:
    • Choose one course from: HIST 172, HIST 300
  • Group 2. American Institutions:
    • Choose one course from POSC 100, POSC 326*, POSC 391 (*POSC 326 is limited to and only required of students who have met the U.S. Constitution requirement in a state other than California or through Advanced Placement credit and who must meet the Title V California State and Local Government requirement.)
  • Group 3. World History and Geography:
    • Take either: HIST/GEOG 250*, or HIST 211 plus GEOG 100 (*HIST/GEOG 250 is the preferred course)
  • Group 4. Multicultural Dimensions:
    • Choose one course from AFRS/AIS/CHLS 215, AFRS/AIS/ASAM/CHLS/WGSS 319, ANTH 421/LING 425
  • Group 5. California History: Take HIST 473
    Prerequisites: None.
  • Group 6. History-Social Science Capstone: Take L/ST 471
    Prerequisite: Limited to Liberal Studies majors who have completed all Area IV Core requirements with a "C" or better grade, or consent of department chair.

Area V: Arts and Humanities (minimum 15 units)

  • Group 1. Music: Take MUS 180
    Prerequisites: None.
  • Group 2. Dance or Theater:
    • Choose one course from: CWL 124, CWL 324; DANC 110; THEA 113, THEA 122, THEA 324
  • Group 3. Ethics, Values and Beliefs:
    • Choose one course from: PHIL 100, PHIL 160, PHIL 203, PHIL 204, PHIL 405; R/ST 100, R/ST 202
  • Group 4. Visual Art: Take ART 300
    Prerequisites: None.
  • Group 5. Arts Capstone: Take L/ST 404
    Prerequisite: Limited to Liberal Studies majors who have completed all Area V Core requirements with a "C" or better grade, or consent of department chair.

Area VI: Critical Issues in Teaching and Learning (minimum 20 units)

  • Group 1. Teaching and Learning: Take EDEL 100
    Prerequisites: None.
  • Group 2. Information and Technology Competencies:
    • Choose one course from: ETEC 110*, ETEC 444 (*ETEC 110 is the preferred course)
  • Group 3. Critical Thinking:
    • Choose one course from: A/ST 190, COMM 131, ENGL 102, ETEC 171, HIST 101, PHIL 170, POSC 105, PSY 130
  • Group 4. Introduction to Education: Take EDEL 200
    Prerequisites: None.
  • Group 5. Child Development and Learning:
    • Choose one course from: EDP 301, HDEV 307
  • Group 6. Family and School Partnerships:
    • Take EDSP 355A
      Prerequisites: None.
  • Group 7. Physical Education: Take KIN 476
    Prerequisite: Junior standing.
  • Group 8. Health Science: Take H SC 411A
    Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. Corequisite: Current CPR Certification required.

ITEP Credential Coursework

All ITEP Credential Coursework must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and no individual grade lower than "C." Multiple Subject Credential Courses (minimum 34 units):

  • Group 1. Diversity in Education: Take EDEL 300 (3)
    Prerequisites: EDEL 100 and EDEL 200, or approved articulated course from non-ITEP credentialing pathways; admission to Multiple Subject Credential Program.
  • Group 2. Teaching and Learning Language Arts, K-8 (RICA): Take EDEL 442 (3)
    Prerequisite: Admission to the Multiple Subject Credential Program.
  • Group 3. Teaching and Learning Reading, K-8 (RICA):
    • Take EDEL 452 (3)
      Prerequisite: Admission to the Multiple Subject Credential Program or Education Specialist Credential Program.
  • Group 4. Teaching and Learning Mathematics, K-8: Take EDEL 462 (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the Multiple Subject Credential Program.
  • Group 5. Teaching and Learning History-Social Science, K-8: Take EDEL 472 (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the Multiple Subjects Credential Program.
  • Group 6. Teaching and Learning Science, K-8: Take SCED 475 (3)
    Prerequisite: Admission to the Multiple Subject Credential Program.
  • Group 7. Student Teaching: Take EDEL 482 (16)
    Prerequisites: Admission to 2042 Multiple Subject Credential Student Teaching including successful completion of Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) Tasks 1 and 2.

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