Jun 15, 2024  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements Advising Sheet

Liberal Studies B.A.: Elementary Teaching Content Preparation Program

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Academic Programs

View information for the Department of Liberal Studies , including Learning Objectives for the department and its programs.

Liberal Studies B.A. Elementary Teaching Content Preparation Program is a pre-professional Subject Matter Preparation waiver program leading to enrollment in a Multiple Subject Credential Program (MSCP or Education Specialist Credential Program (ESCP). Successful completion of the major, with either a 2.67 overall grade point average or a 2.75 grade point average in the last 60 units fulfills all CCTC requirements for an approved waiver of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers: Multiple Subjects (CSETs). Students who do no complete those requirements must take and pass the CSETs for entry into the Multiple Subjects and/or Education Specialist Credential Programs. Please see the Chair of the Department of Liberal Studies  or the Coordinator of the Credential Program (Department of Teacher Education ) for specific details.

Liberal Studies majors may be admitted to the credential program prior to completing their bachelor degrees. Units in the credential program can be applied as upper-division elective credit toward satisfying the 120-unit requirement for graduation.

Currently, admission to the Stanislaus State MSCP requires either a 2.67 overall grade point average or a 2.75 grade point average in the last 60 units.  Additional details and information pertaining to entrance into the credential program are available in the College of Education section of this catalog, and at the Department of Teacher Education t office.  Students should consult with the Credential Services Office for changes in the precise requirements for admission to the credential program.

Note: The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) is empowered to change credential requirements without prior notice. The University will make changes leading to the credential whenever revisions are required by the CCTC.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from the Credential Services Office.


1.Complete the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

A student must comply with all University regulations and satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Units and Residency  (minimum of 120 units: 40 units of upper division coursework and 30 semester units at Stanislaus State. At least 24 of these 30 units must be earned in upper-division courses, at least 12 must be in the major, and at least 9 must be applicable to General Education-Breadth requirements)
  2. Grade Point Average  (minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better)
  3. General Education  (minimum of 49 units)
  4. Upper Division Writing Proficiency  (minimum of 3 units)
    - Pass the Writing Proficiency Screening Test (WPST)
    - Writing Proficiency (WP) Course (may double count in the major)
  5. United States Constitution and California State and Local Government  (minimum of 3 units)
  6. Multicultural Requirement  (minimum of 3 units) (may double count with General Education requirements or in the major)

Subsequently all students must submit an application for graduation and receive approval from the major advisor, department chair, and Director of Academic Advising. For more information see the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements .

2. Subject Matter Preparation Program Requirements

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requires Liberal Studies majors to complete an approved course in each of the following subjects with a grade of C-, credit, or better. Requirements may be met in GE, in the major, or in additional coursework (courses in the major and concentration must be taken for a letter grade). Review the Liberal Studies Advising and Articulation Guides for approved courses. Guides are available in the Department and on the Department website.

Subject Matter Requirements include:

Reading, Language, and Literature

History and Social Sciences



Visiual and Performing Arts

  • Art (see Liberal Studies Advising Guide)
  • Music (see Liberal Studies Advising Guide)
  • Theatre (see Liberal Studies Advising Guide)
  • Activity Course* (see Liberal Studies Advising Guide)
  • Activity Course* (see Liberal Studies Advising Guide)
    *may cross-count with Art, Music, or Theatre subject matter, but must be in two different disciplines.

Physical Education: 

Human Development:

3. The Major & Concentration

Complete all of the requirements in the major and the concentration.

The Major

(43 units excluding concentration)

The major and concentration require letter grades of C- or better.

3. Complete one of the following.

(3 units)

Credit will not be given for both ENGL 4800 and LIBS 4800 in the Liberal Studies major.

5. Complete a minimum of two Subject Matter Inquiry courses.

(6 units)

Courses may be used to complete subject matter requirements (see Liberal Studies Subject Matter Advising Guide); additional courses may be taken for electives.

The Concentration

(12-15 units)

A concentration is required and must be approved by a concentration advisor. At least six units must be upper-division. Concentration courses require letter grades of C- or better.

Approved Concentrations:

Applied Philosophy  
Bilingual/Crosscultural: Asian  
Bilingual/Crosscultural: Spanish  
Biological Sciences  
Child Development  
Communication Studies  
Earth Sciences  
Ethnic Studies  
Exceptional Children and Youth Concentration  (Special Ed)

Natural Sciences  
Physics and Physical Sciences  
Social Sciences  
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)  



A list of Liberal Studies Concentration Advisers is available in the Liberal Studies Department and on the department website.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Academic Programs