The mission of the department of liberal studies is to provide undergraduate students with a broad liberal arts education within the context of a Christian worldview in a multicultural setting. The liberal studies major is designed to challenge students to integrate the different academic disciplines and to bring about wholeness of the mind, emotions, and character.
Liberal studies is also an excellent choice for those planning on entering graduate school. Examples of students who should consider the major are those planning on law school, seminary, elementary education, or a public service career.
The single subject matter programs allow students to complete their subject matter competence through undergraduate coursework, in preparation for pursuing a teaching credential.
This course explores the role of education and teaching in modern American Society. Current political and social issues and their impact on schools will be addressed. Career opportunities and expectations for teachers will be discussed. Students will be encouraged to assess and reflect upon their own educational experiences, skills, and learning styles as they interact with current practitioners and education literature. Students will complete a 15-hour fieldwork component.May not be taken concurrently with EDUC 315. Must be passed with a “C” (not “C-“) or better to fulfill the Liberal Studies major requirement.
Prerequisite: EDUC 100. This course provides the philosophical background and classroom experience necessary to introduce a person to the teaching profession in a public or private school in a multicultural environment. The purpose of the class is to assist the student to gain an understanding of the resources and challenges facing a teacher serving a linguistically and culturally diverse student population. Discussion will focus on educational research and the philosophical, historical, and demographic developments of American education. Students will complete a 30-hour fieldwork component to observe classroom management and organization, Specially Designed Academic Instruction Delivered in English (SDAIE) instructional practices, and the curricula of grades K-12. The role and function of Christian beliefs and values in the public school will be integrated throughout the course. Must be a Junior or Senior to register. May not be taken concurrently with EDUC 100.
A study of the nature and use of technology in the educational process. An emphasis is placed on both teachers and students utilizing a variety of technology to enhance a content standards based curriculum. Topics studied include: computers, interactive white boards, scanners, digital cameras, PDA's, digital projection, software, word processing, PowerPoint, and other technology that assists educators or is currently used with students in K-12 classrooms. This course meets the Level One technology standards for a California teaching credential.