Liberal Studies (for Teaching), Associate of Arts Degree Major
The Liberal Studies/Teaching Degree offers future elementary school teachers an articulated transfer pathway and career ladder for a B.A. in Liberal Studies and the multiple-subject teaching credential. The focus of the degree is on content knowledge needed to teach in a K-8 setting and education courses that include early fieldwork opportunities for observation and practice. Coursework prepares students for the Multiple Subject CSET exam as required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for elementary school teachers in both regular and special education. Selected courses are also aligned with the multiple subject credential CSET waiver, depending on transfer institution and course. As a standalone degree without transfer the A.A., aligned with the requirements for No Child Left Behind, helps students become effective elementary school paraprofessionals in regular or special education classrooms. The degree is also appropriate for students pursuing a career other than in elementary school teaching (such as tutors and parents providing homeschooling) who would like their course of studies and degree recognition to include an emphasis in liberal studies and teacher preparation curricula. Students may select courses to simultaneously earn the Certificate in Educational Studies as well.
Program Level Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Apply knowledge, skills, experience, and feedback to make an informed choice to be employed or to continue study in the field of education.
- Document preliminary subject matter competency and ability to work effectively with students, teachers, parents, colleagues, and administrators in a school and classroom setting.
Associate Degree Requirements
Complete at least 60 units of acceptable college work with a minimum of 12 units completed in residence at Coastline. Earn an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher from all colleges attended and a 2.0 or higher grade point average at Coastline.
*Students must be in good academic standing (not on probation and/or disqualification) during the semester graduation is petitioned.
Program of Study
Complete the required courses in one of the programs as detailed In the Academic/Career/Certificate Programs section of this catalog. All coursework must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
Complete one of the three General Education options below (visit the General Education page for details):
Option 1 — Coastline General Education: designed for students pursuing an Associate degree and who may or may not be planning to transfer to a four-year university. The degree is transferable to many colleges and universities.
Option 2—CSU GE Breadth: designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university in the CSU system. It may also be appropriate for transfer to some independent colleges and universities.
Option 3—IGETC: designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university in the CSU or UC system. It also may be appropriate for transfer to some independent colleges and universities.
Global and Multicultural Studies Requirement
Complete at least 2.5 units from any Global and Multicultural Studies courses. See what courses fulfill the Global and Multicultural Studies Requirement.
Requirements for the Major
|Select one course from each of the following areas:|
|CMST C110||Public Speaking||3|
|ENGL C100||Freshman Composition||4|
|ENGL C102||Critical Reasoning, Reading, and Writing||3|
|or PHIL C115||Logic and Critical Thinking|
|Select at least one course from each of the following areas: 1|
|Select at least one of the following:||3-4|
|Survey of Chemistry and Physics 3|
or PHYS C140
|Survey of Chemistry and Physics|
|Earth Sciences for Teachers 3|
|BIOL C100||Introduction to Biology||3-4|
|or BIOL C100C||Introduction to Biology Lecture/Lab|
|BIOL C100L||Introduction to Biology Lab||1|
|or GEOL C105L||Geology Lab|
|Select at least one of the following:||3|
|Statistics for Elementary Teachers|
|Mathematics for Elementary Teachers|
|Geometry for Elementary Teachers|
|Select at least one course from each area plus one additional course from either area.||9|
|History and Appreciation of Music|
|Introduction to Theater|
|Critical Reasoning, Reading, and Writing|
|Appreciation of Literature|
|American Literature through the Civil War|
|American Literature 1865 to Present|
|British Literature to 1800|
|British Literature since 1800|
|Select a US History course and an American Government course and at least one additional course from group D.||9|
|United States History to 1876|
|Select one of the following:|
|World Regional Geography|
|History of California|
|World History 1|
|PSYC C116||Child Growth and Development||3|
|EDUC C103||Introduction to Computers In Education: Technology Proficiencies for Teachers 1||2|
|EDUC C104||Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Diverse Contemporary Classrooms||1|
|EDUC C200||The Teaching Profession||3.5|
|Select additional courses to complete at least 60 units. 2|
|Family, School, and Community Partnerships|
|Introduction to Special Education|
|Subtotal for Major||47.5-49.5|
|Total Units for Major Preparation||46.5-48.5|
|Degree Option 1, 2, or 3||Varies|
|Electives to satisfy unit requirement||Varies|
|Total Degree Units||60|
Note for Area B3: The following courses also meet Area B3 (Lab Component) Biology C100C (B2, B3) Geology C106 (B1, B3) Chemistry/Physics C140 (B1, B3).
Select courses based on the program requirements at the University you would like to transfer to. See your counselor when selecting these courses.
Meets both Areas B1 and B3