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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. The program provides a streamlined pathway into VU’s Teaching Credential Program, and is also useful for students with career interests in law, seminary and public service.

Teaching Careers

Good elementary and secondary teachers are vital components of a healthy and thriving society. They help students take their gifts and talents to higher levels of quality, and guide them toward using them for their own personal satisfaction and the benefit of others around them. And based upon current economic trends, teachers are likely to enjoy a long, stable, and rewarding career in education. VU Education Programs prepare education professionals for Christ-centered service in the classroom, or in administrative leadership. This is a career wherein improving young minds, developing strong curriculum, and building innovative school systems can be measured for generations to come.

What Makes Us Unique

  • Engage in hands-on classroom opportunities working with children from culturally diverse communities

  • Develop and gain knowledge about faith-based approaches to teaching

  • Gain exposure to a variety of potential careers in education, such as, teacher, school psychologist, counselor, administrator and other educational roles

  • Acquire a thorough knowledge base in all elementary subjects

  • Pursue opportunities to develop specialty in a particular field of education, such as, Psychology or Special Education

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Four Year Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP)

139 Units  |  Four Year Degree
The 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. Students must complete VU Core Requirements, Liberal Studies Program Requirements, and Teaching Credential Program Requirements to graduate via the ITEP pathway. This program follows standards established by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and is an approved Elementary Subject Matter Waiver Program.

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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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Meet Our Faculty & Staff

Alex Lin

Chair of Liberal Studies, 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

Graduate & Nursing Admissions Counselor

Suzanne Lynch


Corrine Schaff


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