Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

NDNU’s Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Teacher Preparation program is a popular undergraduate major, designed for students planning a career in elementary education. The program is specifically intended to present the student with a wealth of academically rigorous and intellectually stimulating courses in relevant content areas. In this interdisciplinary curriculum, students do substantial work in language studies, literature, culture and language, mathematics, natural science, history and social science, the arts, and human development.

NDNU offers two pathways for students to earn the BA in Liberal Studies and the Multiple Subject Credential:

      1. Integrated Liberal Studies BA/Credential/MA Program: This unique program is designed specifically for undergraduates who have decided early that they want to be teachers. In this program, students can complete the BA and credential in four years, then opt into the master’s program and articulate 15 units of credential coursework toward the Master of Arts in Education degree. Students may graduate within five years with the bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, a preliminary multiple subject credential, and a master’s degree in Education. This program provides early fieldwork experiences in education and structured practicum hours. Due to the rigor of the program, candidates need to meet stricter requirements to be admitted. See the NDNU General Catalog for program requirements and course descriptions.

2. Traditional Liberal Studies BA:
This program prepares undergraduates to begin taking teaching credential coursework in the senior year in order to complete the bachelor’s degree in liberal studies. Upon completion of the BA in Liberal Studies, students who wish to complete the remaining coursework for the Preliminary Multiple Subjects Credential can apply to graduate admissions to complete the remaining credential coursework in only two semesters. This option provides a similarly structured pathway towards the credential for students needing a bit more flexibility in their curriculum.See the NDNU General Catalog for program requirements and course descriptions.


      • Students have the opportunity to participate in education fieldwork during their first year in order to solidify their interest in teaching.
      • Students have the opportunity for continuing fieldwork and student teaching in a variety of districts and classroom settings including NDNU’s Lab School, an elementary school with a diverse student population who benefit from NDNU student teachers in every classroom and specially trained master teachers at every grade level.
      • NDNU graduates are among the most sought after teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area and get placed in the most desirable jobs and districts.

Admission Requirements

NDNU admits students for fall and spring semesters. Please visit Admissions for complete admission requirements.


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Stephanie Demaree, Ed.D.
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