Department of Liberal Studies
CED Updates Regarding COVID-19
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Considering a Change of Major? Visit our Change of Major Requests Webpage.
Interested in the Education Studies Minor? Visit our Education Studies Minor Webpage.
Liberal Studies Academic Advisors are available in many different ways, for best accessibility for current students and/or prospective students. See below for services.
Students can email the Liberal Studies Academic Advisors at CED-LibSt@csulb.edu.
All Liberal Studies Academic Advisors check this email account regularly. Please allow up to 2-3 business days for response.
This service is available to all students, current or prospective.
Students are welcome to call and/or meet in-person with a Liberal Studies and/or Teacher Credentialing Academic Advisor on a weekly basis during select times & days. Students may call us directly if they have questions and/or may stop by to speak with an available advisor in-person. Drop-ins are not 30-minute advising appointments; they are generally 5-15 minute advising sessions for quick questions and planning. The Advisors operate out of the Teacher Preparation Advising Center. For a campus map, refer to the CSULB Maps Website.
These services are available to all students, current or prospective.
Phone & In-Person Drop-in Advising Hours for 9/26 to 9/30:
9/26 (Mon) 9:00AM-12:00PM & 1:00-5:00PM
9/27 (Tue) 9:00AM-11:00AM, 1:00-1:30PM & 4:00-5:00PM
9/28 (Wed) 9:00AM-12:00PM & 1:00-3:30PM
9/29 (Thu) 9:00AM-12:00PM & 1:00-2:30PM
9/30 (Fri) 9:00AM-12:00PM & 1:00-5:00PM
Call the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (TPAC) directly at (562) 985-1105.
Or Visit TPAC in EED-67.
The Department will no longer be offering Zoom Drop-in availability per College Leadership's decision. Please be patient with us as we transition again with adjusted service options and full-time 9-5 drop-in availability while being understaffed for the Fall. There may be times with longer waiting periods to speak with an Academic Advisor and/or there may be limited appointment availability given our full-day drop-in availability we are trying to accommodate. We appreciate your understanding with these changes to our services.
Schedule an Academic Advising Appointment with a Liberal Studies Advisor.
Fall and Spring Semesters
Current, continuing students who are declared in the Liberal Studies major may schedule Zoom, Phone, or In-Person Advising Appointments through Beach Connect under Single-Sign-On. Appointment availability is updated in the Beach Connect system every two weeks, so be sure to check again for added availability as the weeks progress. If you don't see any availability, check again in the following day or two. For a Step-by-step Guide on how to schedule appointments through Beach Connect, refer to our Appointment Scheduling Guide PDF
Summer and Winter Semesters
Current, continuing students who are declared in the Liberal Studies major may schedule Zoom, Phone, or In-Person Advising Appointments via email. Please email the Advisors directly at Ced-LibSt@csulb.edu. We will work with you directly to determine a day, time, and modality that works best.
Other Notes Regarding Appointments
Beginning of Semester & Registration Period: Liberal Studies Advisors do not schedule any advising appointments during the first week of Fall/Spring semesters (late August or late January) and first two weeks of Fall/Spring registration (early November or early April). It is common for student need and communications to increase substantially during these times, so we put all advisors on-call and/or scheduled for 'drop in' assistance and email availability as result, in order to assist and support as many students as possible in a timely manner. We appreciate your understanding.
Newly Admitted Students: Fall 2022 Admitted Students are not able to schedule appointments at this time. Refer to the College of Education Orientation Website for details on what to expect and advising support for this upcoming summer.
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 (MSCP), 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. And our College of Education Student Ambassadors always play a major support in the college, to both students and faculty/staff. Our program also provides Liberal Studies Peer Mentors who are also 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!