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Department of Liberal Studies

College of Education Update Regarding COVID-19

Considerations surrounding novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, are evolving rapidly. Until further notice, staff will be working remotely during business hours. Therefore, College of Education offices will not be open for in-person services and will provide online services alternatively. Please continue to check the Reuniting the Beach website for up-to-date information on the evolving situation within the University. 

Email Advising

Students can email the Liberal Studies Academic Advisors at 

All Academic Advisors have access to this account and check regularly. Please allow 2-3 business days for response.

Advising Appointments

Currently matriculated students will have the opportunity to schedule Zoom/Phone Advising Appointments through Single-Sign-On. The Advisor you schedule with will reach out with the Zoom Meeting ID information to join. Be sure to check your email for confirmation details.

For a step-by-step guide on how to schedule appointments, refer to our Appointment Scheduling Tutorial PDF PDF icon.

"Drop In" Advising

All drop-in advising for Liberal Studies and Teacher Credentialing will be held via Zoom (available in single sign on or by phone). Before joining the Zoom session, make sure you have access to a computer or your phone with an enabled microphone. If you do not have an enabled microphone, then be prepared to type/chat accordingly with the Advisor. 

Weekly Zoom "Drop-in" Advising Hours

​07/06 (Mon) 9:00AM-11:00AM & 2:00PM-4:00PM

​07/07 (Tue) 9:00AM-11:00AM & 2:00PM-4:00PM

​07/08 (Wed) 9:00AM-11:00AM & 2:00PM-4:00PM

​07/09 (Thu) 9:00AM-11:00AM & 2:00PM-4:00PM

​07/10 (Fri) 9:00AM-11:00AM & 2:00PM-4:00PM

Fall 2020 Incoming Students

Hang tight! Liberal Studies Academic Advisors will be emailing students directly with further information on SOAR (University Orientation) for Summer 2020, and will be assisting in walking you through the steps toward building a successful schedule and having a good SOAR Virtual Workshop day. We will be emailing students about recommended courses and planning at least one week prior in advance from their registered SOAR Virtual Workshop.

Be sure to review our Prospective Students webpage for more information on the SOAR experience, along with helpful PDF guides.

Questions? Feel free to email us directly at

We also encourage students to follow at least one Social Media platform (if you use it) for additional news and updates.

Liberal Studies is the 'Elementary Education' Major at CSULB and is home to students who wish to pursue one of two undergraduate program pathways: a B.A. in Liberal Studies (BA), or our Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) with a Teaching Credential embedded into Senior Year. Students in the ITEP pathway may choose to either pursue their BA and Multiple Subject Credential, or they may pursue the Urban Dual Credential Program (UDCP) pathway which includes an Education Specialist Credential as well within a 5-year period. Students in either of these programs can also earn a Bilingual Authorization alongside, if desired. Information on these program pathways within Liberal Studies is located throughout our website.

We pride ourselves on offering rigorous coursework with committed faculty, early clinical experiences in local elementary and middle schools, and hands-on advising that begins even before you arrive to campus.  

You are welcome here and we encourage you to get involved. The Liberal Studies Student Association (LSSA) meets several times per semester and is a great place to meet and socialize with peers. The College of Education Student Association (COESA) is open to Liberal Studies students as well as other students in the college's many graduate programs. Aside from student organizations, the Department hosts events for our students, including our Annual End-of-Summer "Back-To-School" Event for incoming students and their families, as well as our annual Graduation Celebration on the day of the Commencement ceremony on campus. And we are happy to announce new support for our students, our Peer Mentors and Graduate Mentor/Advisor, who are all vital assets in continuing to build a strong student community.

We welcome you to explore our program, along with all of the amazing opportunities and resources for future educators. Go Beach! Go Teach!

Dr. Corinne Martinez

Liberal Studies Department Chair

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