Department of Liberal Studies
CED 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 Assistance for All Students
Students can email the Liberal Studies Academic Advisors at CED-LibSt@csulb.edu.
All Academic Advisors have access to this account and check regularly. Please allow 2-3 business days for response. All students - current, prospective, and/or graduated - may email us directly for assistance with general or quick questions.
"Drop In" Assistance for All Students
Drop-in advising for the Liberal Studies and Teacher Credentialing programs are currently held via Zoom (available through Single-Sign-On on or Phone/Web/App). 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 an Advisor. All students - current, prospective, and/or graduated - may use drop-in advising for assistance with general or quick questions. The Advisors operate out of the Teacher Preparation Advising Center within the College of Education.
Interested in Declaring into the Liberal Studies Major? Feel free to email us (above) or drop-in for assistance to discuss a "change of major" with a Liberal Studies Advisor.
Zoom "Drop-in" Advising Hours for 03/01 - 03/05
03/01 (Mon) 9:00AM-11:00AM & 2:00PM-4:00PM
03/02 (Tue) 9:00AM-11:00AM & 2:00PM-4:00PM
03/03 (Wed) 9:00AM-11:00AM & 2:00PM-4:00PM
03/04 (Thu) 9:00AM-11:00AM & 2:00PM-4:00PM
03/05 (Fri) 9:00AM-11:00AM & 2:00PM-4:00PM
For a Guide on Teacher Preparation Advising Center's Zoom Drop-in Advising, refer to our Guide to TPAC Online Drop-ins PDF . Visitors should have their Zoom ID displayed as their first and last name (unless calling by phone).
- Join Online Video Advising Session: https://csulb.zoom.us/s/84206567669
- Join Zoom Meeting via App: ID 842-0656-7669
- Call 669-900-6833 and Enter Meeting ID 842-0656-7669
Appointments for Current Liberal Studies Majors
Schedule an Academic Advising Appointment with a Liberal Studies Advisor or Graduate Mentor.
Reminder: Liberal Studies Advising doesn't schedule advising appointments during the first two weeks 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 with this annual practice.
Current Liberal Studies majors may schedule Zoom/Phone Advising Appointments through Single-Sign-On. The scheduled Advisor will reach to the student in advance with 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 Guide PDF . Students can schedule up to 2 weeks in advance for an appointment.
Spring 2021 Transfers: First-Semester Transfers must attend Mandatory Advising prior to scheduling individual appointments.
First-Year Freshmen: First-Year Freshmen must attend Mandatory Advising prior to scheduling individual appointments.
Orientation & Registration for Fall 2021 Admits
Students who were accepted to CSULB for the Liberal Studies Undergraduate Program for Fall 2021 may refer to our Newly Admitted Students Webpage. This webpage will include details on the university orientation experience, as well as advising support and registration for first-semester classes.
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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