BA, Liberal Studies, Multiple Subjects Teaching

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Multiple Subjects Teaching

This program exposes students to subjects most commonly taught in California elementary schools including language arts, natural sciences, mathematics, visual and performing arts, history, human development, physical education and health. The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Multiple Subjects Teaching is designed to provide the undergraduate preparation needed for entry into post-baccalaureate multiple subject credential programs. Courses are aligned with Common Core and other state standards.

In addition to the general Multiple Subjects Teaching emphasis, Brandman also offers the more streamlined Integrated California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential Emphasis for the B.A. in Liberal Studies. This unique pathway combines undergraduate coursework from the School of Arts and Sciences with graduate-level coursework from the School of Education's Multiple Subject Teacher Credential Program.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Educational Perspectives: Analyze the relationships between education, self, society and nature.
  • Child Development: Apply theories of social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development to learning and teaching.
  • Research: Create an applied research project.
  • Subject Matter Knowledge: Apply subject matter knowledge in an educational context.

*Only Available to California Residents

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. Students must have completed 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent for admission to Brandman University. The 12 credits may consist of all or any combination of the following credit types: transfer work, dual credit, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, approved PLA (Prior Learning Assessment), CLEP (College Level Examination Program), and DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) scores.
  2. Statement of Intent
  3. Recommendation for Teacher Preparation Candidates Form (3)
  4. Proof of a passing score on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) or any CTC approved basic skills tests is required for admission to this program.
  5. Letter of Good Standing: applicants transferring from another institution's credential program must supply a letter from that institution's Education Department attesting to the applicant's good standing in their program. Such a letter should be written on institutional letterhead by the dean, the department chair, the director of teacher education, or some other person in a similar position.
  6. If applying under an active military agreement with Brandman University, admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts. If additional coursework from other institutions is submitted prior to admission this coursework will also be included in determining admissibility and transferability for course credit. After admission, any additional coursework previously taken must be submitted to the Division of Student Services within the first trimester after admission to be evaluated for transfer credit. If the additional coursework credit was included in the initial minimum transfer credit awarded, while such coursework may meet specific degree requirements, no duplication of credit will be awarded. For those applying under the AU-ABC agreement, transcripts from the Community College of the Air Force will be used to determine eligibility.

NOTE: Students may not be eligible for this emphasis based on previous coursework taken. Admission decisions are determined by the School of Education.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Applicants must possess a grade point average of 2.75 (GPA) in all prior college-level coursework. The grade point average that determines admission is based solely on work at regionally accredited post-secondary institutions.

Graduation Requirements–Bachelor Degrees

  • A minimum of 120 credits.
  • 36 credits earned in upper- division coursework.
  • Minimum of 32 credits completed in residence at Brandman; 18 of which must be upper-division credits, 12 of which must be completed in students major.
  • A 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale at Brandman and transfer work.
  • A 2.0 grade point average in all major and minor coursework. Programs may have additional grade requirements.
  • Resolution of all “I” grades.
  • LBSU 300 Liberal Arts Core Foundations- (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)
  • LBSU 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)

All courses taken in the major program must be passed with a grade equivalent of “C” or higher. Courses may be used to fulfill both major and general education requirements.


A. Multiple Subjects Core Requirements:

ARTU 450 Teaching the Visual Arts 3
EDUU 413 Student Health and Safety 2
EDUU 414 Physical Education in the Elementary School 1
EDUU 451 Educational Applications of Computers 3
ENGU 450 Literature of Children and Young Adults 3
ENGU 471 Introduction to Linguistics 3
HISU 372 California History 3
LBSU 310 Music, Movement and Drama 3
LBSU 402 Ways and Rhetoric of Knowing 3
MATU 206 Math for Elementary School Teachers I 3
MATU 207 Math for Elementary School Teachers II 3
PSYU 323 Child Development 3
POSU 110 Introduction to American Politics 3
or POSU 343 Constitutional Government  
or POSU 344 Constitutional Rights  
Total Credits 36


B. Depth of Study Concentration: (9 credits)
Choose one area of concentration from the following:

1. Language Arts:

Literature (English or other language) 200 level or higher
Advanced writing 200 level or higher
COMU 315 Intercultural Communications 3


2. Social Science:

SOCU 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Choose one course from the following:
HISU 105, 200, 304, 306, 316, 317, 319, 323, 337, 355 and POSU 324 and 325
Choose one additional upper division United States history or Political Science course. 3


3. Early Childhood Education:

Choose nine credits from Early Childhood Education courses:
ECED 300, ECED 301, ECED 302, ECED 303, ECED 304, EDUU 325, EDUU 326, ECED 330. (These may be transferred in. ECE courses must be eligible for CSU/UC transferability.)



Total Credits 45


NOTE: Teacher Credential Programs: A California Multiple Subject, Single Subject or Education Specialist teaching credential requires both proof of subject matter competence — i.e. passing score on the appropriate CSET and CBEST — and completion of an approved credential program. Students seeking one or more of the teaching credentials must make formal application to the teacher credential program. See your program advisor for information about the requirements and procedures for applying to the appropriate teacher credential program.

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