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Liberal Studies

Department of Liberal Studies

CED Update Regarding COVID-19

Considerations surrounding novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, are evolving rapidly. Staff are currently working both remotely and in-person during business hours. The College of Education offices are open for both in-person and online services during specific dates and times. Please continue to check the Reuniting the Beach website for up-to-date information on the evolving situation within the University. 

Liberal Studies Academic Advisors are available in many different ways, for best accessibility for current students and/or prospective students. See below for provided services.

Considering a Change of Major?  Visit our Major Change Webpage

Email Assistance

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.

Zoom/Virtual Assistance

Drop-in virtual advising or assistance with Liberal Studies and/or Teacher Credentialing Academic Advisors is currently available via Zoom on a weekly basis during select times & days. Before joining a 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. The Advisors operate out of the Teacher Preparation Advising Center

This service is available to all students, current or prospective.

Zoom "Drop-in" Advising Hours for 10/11 to 10/15

​10/11 (Mon) 1:00PM-4:00PM

​10/12 (Tue) 1:00PM-4:00PM

​10/13 (Wed) 10:00AM-12:00PM

​10/14 (Thu) 9:00AM-12:00PM

​10/15 (Fri) 1:00PM-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 PDF icon. Visitors should have their Zoom ID displayed as their first and last name (unless calling by phone).

Phone-In Assistance

Phone-in advising or assistance with Liberal Studies and/or Teacher Credentialing Academic Advisors is currently available on a weekly basis during select times & days. The Advisors operate out of the Teacher Preparation Advising Center

This service is available to all students, current or prospective.

Phone-In Advising Hours for 10/11 to 10/15

10/11 (Mon)  9:00AM-12:00PM

​10/12 (Tue)  Not Available

​10/13 (Wed)  1:00PM-4:00PM

​10/14 (Thu) Not Available

​10/15 (Fri)  9:00AM-12:00PM

To Reach an Academic Advisor, call the Teacher Preparation Advising Center directly at (562) 985-1105.

In-Person Drop-In Assistance

Drop-in advising or assistance (in-person) with Liberal Studies and/or Teacher Credentialing Academic Advisors is currently available on a weekly basis during select times & days

This is not a 30-minute, thorough discussion meeting with degree planning; this is for a brief, one-on-one meeting for approximately 10-15 minutes. The Advisors operate out of the Teacher Preparation Advising Center within the College of Education. 

This service is available to current CSULB students only.

In-Person Drop-in Advising Hours for 10/11 to 10/15

10/11 (Mon) Not Available

​10/12 (Tue) 9:00AM-12:00PM

​10/13 (Wed)  Not Available

​10/14 (Thu) 1:00PM-4:00PM

​10/15 (Fri)  Not Available

For In-Person Drop-in Advising Assistance with a Liberal Studies Academic Advisor, current CSULB students may stop by the Teacher Preparation Advising Center in EED-67 durring the designated drop-in hours. Students will be asked to show their "green check mark" from the Single-Sign-On COVID pre-screening. Masks must be worn at ALL times inside the EED building. 

30-Min Appointments for Current Major

Beach Connect

Schedule an Academic Advising Appointment with a Liberal Studies Advisor (Aleah, Gabriel, or Nancy).

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. This service is available to current CSULB students only.

  • For a Step-by-step Guide on how to schedule appointments, refer to our Appointment Scheduling Guide PDF PDF icon . Students can schedule up to 1-2 weeks in advance for an appointment. 

Fall 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. 

Special Note: 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. 

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.  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 Peer Mentors and a 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!