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Liberal Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies – Traditional Day

 

Stephanie Demaree, Ed.D.

Program Director and Advisor

(650) 508-3738

sdemaree@ndnu.edu

 

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies is interdisciplinary in nature, involving course work from the humanities, the arts, and the sciences. It is for students intending a career in elementary education with coursework designed to include practical fieldwork experiences in the elementary classroom.  Required course work for the major is drawn from the areas of language, literature, mathematics, natural science, social science, history, humanities, the arts, physical education, and human development. The major is constructed so that students who satisfy all of the requirements for the major also satisfy all NDNU General Education Requirements.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will develop a philosophy of education using theories of learning and teaching including showing respect for diversity, justice and peace.
  • Students will apply the California K-8 content standards, the Common Core Standards and subject matter knowledge in all program coursework.
  • Students will communicate effectively in oral and written forms with clarity, correctness and conviction.
  • Students will model sensitivity to the historic, cultural, religious, linguistic and diverse learning abilities of all students.
  • Students will articulate in oral and written forms understanding of a variety of teaching strategies to effectively teach all learners.

 

There are three pathways for completing the Liberal Studies Degree: Pathway I: Blended, Pathway II: Traditional, and Pathway III: Transfers.

 

Pathway I: Blended includes courses that satisfy the Bachelor of Arts requirements as well as Multiple Subject Credential requirements, such that both programs will be completed simultaneously. The BA will be awarded once the 124 units are satisfied, and the credential after the candidate applies through the Credential Analyst’s office to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. There are 13 required credential courses included in the Blended Pathway totaling 33 units.

 

Blended admissions requirements are different from the Traditional Pathway.

  1. 3.0 Required GPA (GPAs lower than 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the LS Program Director, SEL Faculty and Admissions)
  2. Minimum scores of 500 on math and 500 reading for SAT
  3. Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 for LS major courses and a minimum of 3.0 for credential classes
  4. At the end of each semester, submit letters of recommendation from program faculty reflecting on progress and ability to be successful in the program

Blended candidates spend one semester of student teaching at the primary level and one semester at the upper elementary grade level. These student teaching experiences are in culturally diverse schools with students from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds and take place at two of the many public school districts with which we have contracts.

The following summarizes the requirements for the preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential recommendation through NDNU. Asterisked items are required for advancement to student teaching eligibility:

  1. *Prerequisite: Verification of 40 hours of pre-acceptance field experience by completing NDNU courses, EDU2006/EDU2080/PHY2000C, or by teaching or volunteer experience completed with appropriate age in a school setting. Provide the original form signed by the site supervisor, or provide official letter of verification from the site.
  2. Successfully complete student teaching and required courses
  3. Pass the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT), including a full Teaching Event in math and three content area tasks in literacy, science, and history-social science (CAT)
  4. *Passage of Basic Skills Requirement (e.g., CBEST or for more options, see http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl667.pdf)
  5. *Verification of Subject Matter Competence (e.g., CSET in Multiple Subjects)
  6. *Verification of fingerprinting clearance on file with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (also called a “Certificate of Clearance”). For more information, see http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl271.pdf.
  7. *Copy of negative TB test result from within two years
  8. *Signed NDNU Release of Liability Form
  9. Verification of meeting the U.S. Constitution requirement by exam, course work, or CSU degree
  10. CPR training in infant, child, and adult; training must meet standards of American Heart Association or American Red Cross and be current at time of credential filing.
  11. Pass the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) by the end of your program

Pathway II: Traditional is designed so that students can continue on to the Multiple Subject (Elementary) Credential after they receive their BA. This will allow students to pursue a teaching career in a way that is conducive for the time constraints of student athletes, students who need to work, students who do not meet the more rigorous blended admission requirements, and students who may not meet the blended benchmarks (e.g. students in the Blended Pathway who do not pass the CSET their junior year cannot move forward with the credential coursework and instead would transition over to the Traditional Pathway). Students will take 13 units in the credential program.

 

Pathway III: Transfers includes all of the required courses for the major as with the other pathways, but DOES NOT include any credential courses. The reason for this is that transfer students come to NDNU with a wide array of coursework completed.   Each transfer student requires a unique schedule and program plan based on their Transfer Credit Evaluation or TCE. Nearly every student who transfers still has some GE courses left to complete, which makes adding credential coursework impossible if students wish to complete the BA degree in approximately two years. The academic advisor will meet with each transfer student one-on-one to determine which GE courses are still required and create an individual program plan for each student.
Students in the Traditional and Transfer Pathways are subject to regular university admissions requirements. Students in these pathways are also encouraged and supported to pursue graduate study at NDNU, although earning a BA degree in Liberal Studies does not guarantee admission into NDNU's teacher preparation programs. Students who seek an elementary teaching credential must apply to Graduate Admissions and, as with all applicants, undergo screening for admission.

 

Required Courses in the Major Common to All Pathways

Area Requirements                                                                                                  Units

 

Language Studies                                                                                                    9         

EDU2300 Ways of Speaking

ENG2108 Advanced Writing

ENG2164 Linguistics

 


 

Mathematics                                                                                                                         6

MTH2606 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I

EDU2320 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II CCS

 

Natural Science and Technology                                                                          7.5

BIO1009/1109L  Introduction to Biology with Lab (3.5)

PHY2000C Science in Action (CE) (4)

 

Social Science                                                                                                           6         

PSC1000 Introduction to American Government

PSC2120 World Geography

 

History                                                                                                                       6         

HST2300 American History, 1607-1877

HST2350 California History

 

Humanities                                                                                                               9

EDU2305 Philosophy of Education

ENG2624 Children's Literature

REL1250 Religions of the World

 

The Arts                                                                                                                     6

EDU2310 Teaching the Arts across the Curriculum                                       

Plus one of the following courses:

ART2605 Art Education Concepts

THE2151 Children's Theatre

Human Development                                                                                              12       

EDU2003 Physical Education in the Elementary School

EDU2006 Introduction to Education: Practicum in Teaching

EDU2315 Emotional Intelligence and Ages/Stages

PSY1001 Introduction to Psychology

Plus one of the following:                                                                                           3-4

EDU2080 Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies (for Traditional and Transfers)

EDU4345 Student/Intern Teaching Seminar – 2nd semester (for Blended) (4)


Total Units in the Common Core                                                                        64.5-65.5


Blended Pathway I ONLY Courses

 

EDU4100                    Psychological and Developmental Foundations                           3

EDU4104                    Sociological and Multicultural Foundations                                 3

EDU4107                    Foundations for Teaching English Learners                                 3

EDU4110                    Special Education for the Classroom Teacher                              2

EDU4113                    Technology Applications in Education                                         .5

EDU4116                    Health Education                                                                         1

EDU4119                    Assessment in the Classroom*                                                      2

EDU4330                    Elementary Reading/Language Arts: Primary Grades*                 3

EDU4333                    Elementary Reading/Language Arts: Upper Grades*                   3

EDU4336                    Curriculum - Elementary Math*                                                   2

EDU4339                    Curriculum - Social Studies/Science*                                           2

EDU4342                    Student/Intern Teaching/Seminar – 1st semester                        4

EDU4345                    Student/Intern Teaching/Seminar—2nd semester                        4

*Requires concurrent student teaching and enrollment in EDU 4342 or EDU 4345

Blended Pathway Additional Units                                                                           32.5

Common Core Units                                                                                                     65.5

Other Degree Requirements* and General Electives                                                        26

*Other degree requirements include General Education Requirements
and General Degree Requirements (e.g., U.S. History).

 

Total Unit Requirement                                                                                            124

Traditional Pathway II ONLY Courses

 

EDU4100                    Psychological and Developmental Foundations                            3

EDU4104                    Sociological and Multicultural Foundations                                  3

EDU4107                    Foundations for Teaching English Learners                                  3

EDU4110                    Special Education for the Classroom Teacher                               2

EDU4113                    Technology Applications in Education                                         1

EDU4116                    Health Education                                                                         1

 

Traditional Pathway Additional Units                                                                             13

Common Core Units                                                                                                   64.5

Other Degree Requirements* and General Electives                                                      46.5

*Other degree requirements include General Education Requirements
and General Degree Requirements (e.g., U.S. History).

 

Total Unit Requirement                                                                                            124

 

Junior Transfer Pathway III

--No Additional Courses—

Common Core Units                                                                                                   64.5

Other Degree Requirements* and General Electives                                                   59.5

*Other degree requirements include General Education Requirements
and General Degree Requirements (e.g., U.S. History).

 

Total Unit Requirement                                                                                         124

 

Liberal Studies: Foundations for Teaching (Evening)

 

Dr. Hélène Laroche-Davis

Program Director

(650) 508-3558

hdavis@ndnu.edu

 

The Liberal Studies: Foundations for Teaching is an Accelerated Evening Degree Program within the Liberal Studies major. The major engages students in a broad liberal arts education that may be applied to a teaching career and prepares students for entry into graduate programs leading to the California Multiple Subject (K-8) teaching credential. The major also serves as a degree completion option for students who want a broad liberal arts background, but who do not necessarily wish to pursue a teaching credential. Our Liberal Studies advisors can tailor a program to fit the particular interests and goals of each student.

 

Working students can complete a bachelor's degree in the evening and simultaneously satisfy prerequisites in the NDNU graduate education program, the next step in becoming state-certified for teaching kindergarten through eighth grade.

 

Accelerated Liberal Studies: Foundations for Teaching

In addition to major requirements, students must meet General Education Requirements and General Degree Requirements.

 

Prerequisites                                                                                                                        Units

BIO1009         Introduction to Biology                                                                       3

PHY1109        Introduction to Physical Science                                                        3

PSC1000         Introduction to American Government                                               3

PSY1001         Introduction to Psychology                                                                 3

 

Total Prerequisites                                                                                                  12
Major Requirements                                                                                                           Units

ART2605        Art Education Concepts                                                                      3

EDU2006       Introduction to Education: Practicum in Teaching                             3

EDU2080       Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies                                                        3
ENG2164       Linguistics                                                                                           3

HST2020         World History                                                                                                 3

PSY2141         Developmental Psychology                                                                  3

REL2250        Religions of the World                                                                        3

One upper-division writing course:                                                                             3

BUS2006    Contemporary Professional Writing

ENG2108   Advanced Writing

HSP2233    Grant Writing

One of the following courses:                                                                                      3

BIO2108    Contemporary Environmental Issues

PHL2400   Philosophy of Science

 

Electives from the following or as approved by advisor:                                             9

ENG2624 Children's Literature

HST2350    California History

MTH2606 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I

PSC2120    World Geography (CDiv)

 

Total Major Requirements                                                                                                 36

Other Degree Requirements* and General Electives                                                   76

*Other degree requirements include General Education Requirements and General Degree Requirements (e.g., U.S. History).

 

Total Unit Requirement                                                                                         124

 

Note: Accelerated Liberal Studies students may use PHL2230 to satisfy the Philosophy General Education Requirement, BUS2006, ENG2108, or HSP2233 to satisfy the Upper-Division Writing General Education Requirement, and REL2250 toward the Religious Studies General Education Requirement.

 

Credential Program

The Liberal Studies degree satisfies the following NDNU Credential Program prerequisites:

  • U.S. Constitution
  • Early Fieldwork Experience

Students are not guaranteed admission; they must apply to Graduate Admission and undergo screening, as with other applicants.