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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements Advising Sheet

Liberal Studies B.A.: Integrated Teacher Education Program

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

View the degree program Roadmap, which provide recommended advising maps to complete the degree program. Please consult your academic advisor as you develop your academic plan.

The Liberal Studies B.A. Integrated Teacher Education Program is a combined Subject Matter Preparation and Multiple Subject Credential (MSCP) or Education Specialist Credential (ESCP) program, designed to be completed in four years. 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 Subject Matter COmpetency. Please see the Department of Liberal Studies  or the Coordinator of  the Credential Program (Department of Teacher Education ) for further information.

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. 

Admission Requirements

Students must be accepted into the Integrated Teaching Education Option prior to enrolling in EDMS courses. Students may apply for admission in the second semester of their junior year after completing 70 units in the Liberal Studies Program. Admission will be granted based on completing the following requirements. Applications and advising are available in the Credential Office. Note that requirements for the Credential application can change without notice. Please see the application and guidelines for the most current information.

  1. Basic Skills Requirement - Students can meet California Basic Skills requirement through course work or passing the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). See the Credential Office for further information.
  2. Grade Point Average - Students must pass all prerequisite courses with no grade lower than a “C.” A cumulative grade point average of 2.67 overall or 2.75 in the last 60 units or better is required for admission to the Integrated Teacher Education Program.
  3. Health Clearance - Evidence of a negative tuberculin test is required. The tuberculin test is valid for four years and must be valid through student teaching. The tuberculin test may e completed at a private physician’s office, the county health department, or the Student Health Center.
  4. Certificate of Clearance - Students must possess or apply for a valid Certificate of Clearance as part of admission. A copy of an emergency permit satisfies the clearance requirement. The Certificate of Clearance is a background check and clearance conducted  by the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation. (Completed during the application process for the Credential Program.)
  5. One set of official transcripts - One set of official transcripts with a list of courses in progress must be submitted to the Credential Office with the Integrated Teacher Education Program application. (see application for further information)
  6. Two Letters of Recommendation - Two letters of recommendation from faculty, employers, and/or others who are knowledgeable about the student’s personal qualities and potential to work with children must be submitted with the Integrated Teaching Credential Emphasis application. One letter must be from a LIBS faculty member. (Completed during the application process for the Credential Program.)
  7. Experience - At least 45 hours of documented field experience in K-8 classroom, or an equivalent documented field experience, must be completed.
  8. Additional Requirements. Please see the Credential Office website for further information on the Credential Program Application.

Program Learning Outcomes

Liberal Studies graduates:

  1. Make explicit connections between California TK-8 Content Standards and subject matter knowledge in Liberal Studies major coursework.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of a variety of teaching strategies grounded in theory, including (but not limited to)  asset-oriented pedagogy, culturally responsive/sustainable and anti-racist teaching practices, use of technology, cross-discipline connections, and other student-centered techniques.
  3. Demonstrate an appreciation for the diverse cultural, linguistics, and learning abilities of students.
  4. Demonstrate effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills in a variety of communication contexts.
  5. Reflect thoughtfully on and critically examine current education practices and systems, through fieldwork experience activities in TK-8 classrooms and course work.


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)
    - 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.

Credential Courses

(25-27 units)

Complete all of the following required courses for the Multiple Subjects Credential OR the Education Specialist Credential.

Note: Students must be accepted into the Integrated Teaching Education Track prior to enrolling in EDMS courses.

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