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2012-2013 Catalog 
2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Studies

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There are two options for prospective Multiple Subject Teachers (Teaching and Learning and an Accelerated Multiple Subject Program). The Accelerated Program will not be offered until it is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and budgetary resources are available for it to begin. The first six semesters, 92 units of course work, is identical for both options.

Teaching and Learning Option

The Teaching and Learning Option provides the required multiple-subject content preparation for students seeking the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential for teaching kindergarten through 8th grade or a Special Education credential. This option includes the subject-matter content specified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Upon successful completion of the Liberal Studies Degree, prospective multiple subject teachers who have met all of the prerequisites may apply for admission to a Multiple Subject post baccalaureate credential program. Such programs are two semester programs. This Teaching and Learning option plus the credential can be completed in 5 years or 10 semesters.

Accelerated Multiple Subject Program (Pending CCTC approval and budgetary resources)

This option permits students to complete a baccalaureate degree in Liberal Studies and the Multiple Subject Credential Program, concurrently. The option also includes the subject matter content preparation specified for Multiple Subject teachers by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and the professional preparation necessary to be recommended for a teaching credential. This option can be completed in nine semesters.

Note: Prospective multiple subject teachers who wish to enter the accelerated program and have met all of the requirements for admission, may apply for admission at any time prior to the end of their Junior year. Students who are unable or choose not to be admitted into the accelerated program may complete the baccalaureate degree in Liberal Studies with the option in Teaching and Learning.

Concentrated Studies Option

Students work with a faculty advisor to develop a Program of Study that focuses on a discipline or interdisciplinary area. In addition to students interested in non-traditional or interdisciplinary degree programs, this option will be of interest to students who have taken substantial course work from a four-year institution in a discipline not currently reflected in the majors at CI.


The Teaching and Learning option and the Accelerated Multiple Subject Program provide the content knowledge preparation for the CSET, which is necessary for teaching grades K-8 and for admission into the Multiple-Subject and Special Education Teaching Credential Programs. Students who are interested in teaching grades 6-12 should consider obtaining a bachelor’s degree in a traditional major (e.g. History, English, Math, or one of the sciences) and then apply to be admitted into a Single Subject Teaching Credential Program or a Special Education Credential Program. The Concentrated Studies Option provides a broadly-based background for entry into professional and/ or graduate programs. This option is for students who need flexibility in order to complete their education, or need to prepare for specific careers not represented by California State University Channel Islands’ current majors.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Liberal Studies Program will be able to:

  • Effectively evaluate oral or written communication for accuracy of content, logic of argument, and clarity of reasoning;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in computer literacy, information literacy, and technological literacy;
  • Analyze socio-cultural issues including race, class, ethnicity, gender, and language and discuss societal issues that may arise;
  • Demonstrate content area knowledge related to their program of study and intended career goals; and
  • Demonstrate content area knowledge related to the CCTC content standards for the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential for graduates from the Teaching and Learning Option.

Faculty Advisors

Students seeking to complete a Concentrated Studies Option in Liberal Studies should work with the Liberal Studies Director to identify a faculty advisor.

Robert Bleicher Ph.D., Liberal Studies Director
Bell Tower East, Room 2784

Contact Information

Advising Center
Bell Tower Building, Room 1552
(805) 437-8571
Fax: (805) 437-8857

Credential Information

The Liberal Studies Teaching and Learning Option is a Multiple Subject Matter Preparation Program, however, students must complete the Liberal Studies Teaching and Learning Option and must pass either the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) and the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET-MS), or the CSET-MS with writing skills-test prior to admission to Multiple Subject Credential Program. For more information about credential programs see the Education section and contact the Credential office.



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