Prepare to Teach with APU’s Liberal Studies Major
APU’s Liberal Studies major equips future teachers and other professionals by integrating Common Core-aligned subject matter and service-learning experiences with the application of a Christian worldview, exploring life vocation, promoting awareness of cultural diversity issues, and studying multiple curricula with emphasis in specific subject areas while fostering a holistic understanding of knowledge. In this Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program, students participate in 100+ hours of teacher-oriented service-learning field experience in differing districts, allowing students to gain experience in meeting the needs of diverse populations.
Students choose one of 12 concentrations that they wish to teach: Adaptive Physical Education, Art, English, Math, Music, Physical Education, Psychology, Science I (Life or Biological Science), Science II (Physics or Physical Science), Social Science, Spanish, or Special Education.
Most concentrations qualify students for supplementary authorization through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), enabling them to teach the subject in grades K-9 with a valid teaching credential.
Liberal studies majors leave APU prepared to make a difference in students’ lives.
Jessica Logan ’21 is a liberal studies major with an emphasis in mathematics at Azusa Pacific University. Watch to see how Jessica plans to help her future students break through their math anxiety and conquer the subject.
Is This Major Right for You?
You’re a liberal studies major if you:
- Enjoy working with children and young adults.
- Enjoy explaining ideas and concepts to others.
- Are creative and tend to think outside the box.
- Wish to go on to a teacher credentialing program or other education-related professions.
- Are invested in the welfare of future generations.
Learn more about this major.
Integrated Bachelor’s and Teaching Credential Program
Students in the BA in Liberal Studies, BS in Allied Health, or BA in Mathematics who are interested in teaching also have the option to earn a preliminary California teaching credential through APU’s Integrated Bachelor’s and Teaching Credential Program. In just four years, including one or two summers, you can complete both your bachelor’s degree and a teaching credential that pairs with your particular subject area. Service-learning projects, field experiences, and student teaching opportunities prepare you to start a career teaching in K-12 public schools. Learn more about the Integrated Bachelor’s and Teaching Credential Program.
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Note: This information is current for the 2022-23 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.