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Liberal Studies

Offered: On Campus Apply

Liberal studies is an excellent choice for students planning to become elementary school teachers. The program prepares students for Vanguard University's Teaching Credential Program. Graduates also choose careers in law, seminary and public service.

What Makes Us Unique

  • Engage in hands on classroom opportunities to work with children from culturally diverse communities
  • Develop and gain knowledge on faith-based approaches to teaching
  • Gain full exposure to all the potential educational careers that will help you to become a teacher, school psychologist, counselor, administrators and other important educational roles
  • Acquire strong knowledge in all the elementary subjects with the opportunity to develop specialty in a field (Psychology, Special Education, etc.)

Liberal Studies Major

This major is an excellent choice for those planning on entering graduate school. Graduates are prepared for law school, seminary, elementary education or a public service career.

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Four Year Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP)

139 Units  |  Four Year Degree
The ITEP Pathway (integrated BA and Credential) combines the study of academic subject matter for elementary school teaching with professional preparation and student teaching. Successful completion of ITEP includes both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Teaching Credential.  Students must complete the Core Requirements and a Teaching Credential Program in order to graduate under the ITEP pathway. This program follows standards established by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and is an approved Elementary Subject Matter Waiver Program.

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Elementary Education Minor

The Elementary Education minor includes course work that focuses on important education topics, including technology, students with special needs and multicultural education.

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Liberal Studies Minor

The Liberal Studies minor prepares students for Vanguard University’s teaching credentialing program and the required, Commission-approved California Subject Examination for Teachings: Multiple Subjects (CSET) examination.

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Multiple Subject Matter Program

Students who follow the current Core Requirements of the Liberal Studies program may utilize their coursework to meet the Elementary Subject Matter Competency requirement for Teacher Credentialing instead of taking the Multiple Subject CSETs.

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Single Subject Matter Programs


The single subject matter programs allow students to complete their subject matter competence through undergraduate coursework, in preparation for pursuing a teaching credential.

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Pathway to Graduate Education

Deciding to major in Liberal Studies or enrolling in Vanguard University’s Teaching Credential Program is a pathway to making a difference in the lives of others. Based on current economic outlooks, students who choose to enter the teaching profession can anticipate a stable, rewarding career in education. Our programs prepare education professionals for Christ-centered service in the classroom or leadership in administration, where your impact on young minds, curriculum development and school systems can be measured for generations to come.

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Meet Our Faculty & Staff

Alex Lin

Chair of Liberal Studies, Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies

Keisha Lee

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Adjunct Professor of Liberal Studies

Kyanne Albelo

Adjunct Professor

Bretlyn Schmitt- Lazaris

Adjunct Professor

Andrew Ntzouras

Adjunct Professor

Bill Hughes

Administrative Assistant

Corrine Schaff


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