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Liberal Studies

Offered: On Campus Apply

Liberal Studies is an excellent choice for students who desire a career as an elementary school teacher and other education related fields. Teaching is a career wherein improving young minds, developing strong curriculum, and building innovative school systems can be measured for generations to come.

As a Liberal Studies major you will customize your career plans by choosing the following two main pathways:

Traditional Bachelor of Arts Program

124 Units  |  Bachelor's in Liberal Studies
The traditional B.A. program incorporates current core curriculum courses and content specific courses to meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) expectations for a Liberal Studies major 

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Four Year Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP)

139 Units  |  Four Year Degree
The accelerated ITEP Pathway integrates a Bachelor of Arts degree with a preliminary California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential by combining the study of academic subject matter for elementary school teaching with professional preparation and student teaching.

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Elementary Education Minor

The Elementary Education Minor consists of 21 units of coursework in the Liberal Studies Department. The Minor includes coursework that focuses on important educational topics, such as, technology in the classroom, students with special needs, and multicultural education. 12 units must be completed at Vanguard University.

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Program Highlights

Career Readiness

Engage in hands-on K-12 classroom experience working with children from culturally diverse communities.

Community Building

Get connected with our student organizations: Pi Lambda Theta Honors Society and Teachers of Tomorrow Club.

4 Year Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP)

Accelerate your ability to earn your Bachelor’s and Teaching Credential compared to the traditional 5 years.

Rich Learning Environment

In-class experience features group presentations and teaching demonstrations preparing you to become a teacher.

Faculty Mentors

Students and faculty forge mentoring relationships that extend beyond the classroom, providing job networking.

Financial Support

Connection with many financial grants and scholarships to support your education like the federal.

Alumni Testimonial: Alea Baker '21

Student Testimonial: Yesica Manilla Santana '25

Meet Our Faculty & Staff

Alex Lin PhD

Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies

Kyanne Albelo

Adjunct Professor

Bretlyn Schmitt- Lazaris

Adjunct Professor

Andrew Ntzouras

Adjunct Professor

Bill Hughes

Administrative Assistant

Julie De La O M.A.Ed.

Credential Analyst and Student Teaching Coordinator

Suzanne Lynch


Darla O'Leary

Adjunct Faculty

Corrine Schaff


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