BA, Liberal Studies, Integrated California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Integrated California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential

This is a unique program that provides graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Brandman’s School of Arts and Sciences and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the School of Education. As a result, the curriculum takes an integrated approach by combining undergraduate and graduate level coursework with field experience. It prepares individuals to teach all subjects in a self-contained K-12 classroom, including English Language Learners. The program aligns with CCTC Teacher Performance Expectations, Common Core and other state standards.

In addition to Integrated California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, Brandman offers an alternative, more general emphasis in Multiple Subjects Teaching for the B.A. in Liberal Studies 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.
  • Focused Inquiry: Examine classroom, school and the community contexts in preparation for making instructional decisions.
  • Positive Learning Environment: Develop and utilize classroom management strategies that support student learning and encourage positive social interaction.
  • Curriculum Design: Create learning experiences that make subject matter accessible and comprehensible to students.
  • Instruction: Design differentiated instruction based on the needs of students.
  • Assessment: Utilize a variety of assessment data to inform instruction.
  • Clinical Practice: Apply subject matter pedagogical skills in authentic settings and continually reflect on and evaluate the effects of decisions and actions on others.


*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.


Education Foundations

LBSU 250 Education and Society in the 21st Century 3
EDUU 551 Educational Applications of Computers 3
LBSU 403 Liberal Studies Multiple Subjects Capstone 3
Total Credits 9


Subject Matter Courses

English/Language Arts

ENGU 420 Language Development & Acquisition 3
ENGU 450 Literature of Children & Young Adults 3
Total Credits 6


Natural Science

NSCU 302 Life Science 3
NSCU 304 Earth & Physical Science 3
Total Credits 6



MATU 206 Math for Elementary School Teachers I 3
MATU 207 Math for Elementary School Teachers II 3
Total Credits 6


Visual & Performing Arts

ARTU 450 Creativity & The Visual Arts 3
LBSU 310 Music, Movement & Drama: The Human Expression 3
Total Credits 6


History & Social Science

HISU 358 United States History & Democracy 3
HISU 360 World History & Geography 3
HISU 372 California History 3
Total Credits 9


Child Development/Health & PE

PSYU 323 Child Development 3
EDUU 350 Teaching & Learning 3
*EDUU 513 Student Health & Safety 2
*EDUU 514 Physical Education for Elementary Teachers 1
Total Credits 9

* Students in the BA Liberal Studies program, regardless of class level, are allowed to enroll in required 500 graduate level courses without Dean approval.

Credential Course

*EDUU 510 Introduction to Teaching 3
*EDUU 511 Collaboration for Inclusive Schooling 3
*EDUU 512 The Art & Craft of Teaching 3
*EDMU 520 Literacy & Language in K-8 Classrooms I 3
*EDMU 521 Literacy & Language in K-8 Classrooms II 3
*EDMU 523 History/Social Science & Visual/Performing Arts in K-8 Classrooms 3
*EDMU 524 Teaching & Learning Mathematics in K-8 Classrooms 3
*EDMU 525 Teaching & Learning Science in K-8 Classrooms 3
*EDMU 582 Direct Teaching I: Elementary School and EDUU 544 Student Teaching Seminar I 3, 2
*EDMU 583 Direct Teaching II: Elementary School and EDUU 545 Student Teaching Seminar II 3, 2
Total Credits 34


Total Credits 85
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