Liberal Studies B.A. Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP)

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will articulate their mission as a teacher in the context of their Christian faith through written and verbal modes of expression including reflective essays, a Christian faith integration paper, and class discussions.
  2. Students will demonstrate understanding of the various philosophies of education and be able to articulate their own personal philosophies in integrative papers and class discussions.
  3. Students will apply their knowledge of cultural diversity through fieldwork, oral presentations, and writing projects.
  4. Students will demonstrate their use of information literacy to support student learning by applying technology skills to collaborative online writing projects and objective exams.
  5. Students will apply their understanding of the state teaching profession standards by completing field experience observations and writing assignments.
  6. Students will apply their working knowledge of the foundations of the teaching profession through field experience.

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. ITEP is specifically designed for undergraduates who have decided relatively early (no later than Spring semester of Sophomore year) to pursue an Elementary School teaching career. Application process is required. Contact the Liberal Studies Department for more information.

linkurl 143
Education Course Requirements 218
Visual and Performing Arts Requirements 210
English/Social Science/Human Development Requirements 216
Science Requirements 212
Multiple Subject Credential Requirements 226
Areas of Emphasis Requirements 212
Total Units137

Number of units required from the Core Curriculum not included in the major requirements below. 


Department recommendation of unit count for requirement. 

 Education Course Requirements

EDUC-100Introduction to Education3
EDUC-220CResearched Writing for Liberal Studies Majors 1 23
EDUC-315Teaching in a Multicultural Setting3
EDUC-326Child and Adolescent Development3
EDUC-330Integrating Technology in Classroom Teaching3
EDUC-499CSenior Capstone in Liberal Studies3
Total Units18

Included in Core Curriculum


Required for CSET Waiver

 Visual and Performing Arts Requirements

ART-330Art Techniques for Teachers3
EDUC/THEA-213Foundations of Dance for Elementary Teachers1
EDUC/THEA-242Pedagogy/Practice in Theatre for Youth3
MUSC-337BMusic for Elementary Schools-Non-Majors3
Total Units10

English/Social Science/Human Development Requirements

ENGL-340Children's Literature3
ENGL-453Language, Culture, and Linguistics3
KINE-435Physical Ed for Elem Schools3
EDUC-356Curriculum Methods in Elementary School Social Studies1
MATH-120Math for Elementary Teachers3
POLS-155CAmerican Democracy3
Total Units16

 Science Requirements2

Fundamentals of Biology for Non-Majors
and Fundamentals/Biology for Non-Majors Lab
Fundamentals of Earth Science
and Fundamentals of Earth Science Lab
Fundamentals of Physical Science
and Fundamentals of Physical Science Lab
Total Units12

Four Science units included in Core Curriculum

 Multiple Subject Credential Requirements

EDUC-409Foundations in Teaching for Multiple Subject2
EDUC-419English Language Arts in Elementary Classrooms for Multiple Subject3
EDUC-423Instructional Design and Specific Subject Pedagogy for Multiple Subject4
EDUC-425Early Supervised Fieldwork for Multiple Subject4
EDUC-437Curriculum Unit Planning for Multiple Subject2
EDUC-442CalTPA Cycle 10.5
EDUC-443CalTPA Cycle 20.5
EDUC-486Clinical Practice Seminar for Multiple Subject2
EDUC-487Clinical Practice Fieldwork for Multiple Subject8
Total Units26


Students must choose an emphasis from one of the following areas: Biological Science, Child Development, Communication, English Literature, Early Childhood, English Writing, History and Political Science, Kinesiology (PE), Mathematics, Music, Physical Science, Psychology, Sociology, Special Education, and Theatre Arts. Students must take a minimum of 12 units. 

VU Bachelor's Degree Programs provide Four Year Plans for students to reference as a checklist while they monitor their own progress through a program. The Plans are intended to present a well organized path through the program, as well as to illustrate options for flexibility when warranted. Refer to the footnotes for additional information about courses listed in particular years and/or terms.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1 Term 1Units
CORE-100C Cornerstone 1
ENGL-120C Persuasive Writing 3
KINE-148C Lifetime Fitness and Wellness Lecture 3
MATH-115C Applied Mathematics and Personal Finance 3
NT-101C New Testament Survey 3
EDUC-100 Introduction to Education 3
Year 1 Term 2
ANTH-102C Intro to Cultural Anthropology 3
MATH-120 Math for Elementary Teachers 3
POLS-155C American Democracy 3
BIOL-100C Fundamentals of Biology for Non-Majors 3
BIOL-100CL Fundamentals/Biology for Non-Majors Lab 1
THEO-PLHDTheology Core Requirement 3
Year 2 Term 1
PSCI-215C Fundamentals of Earth Science 3
PSCI-215CL Fundamentals of Earth Science Lab 1
FINA-PLCRFine Arts Core Curriculum Requirement 3
OT-201C Old Testament Survey 3
EDUC-213 Foundations of Dance for Elementary Teachers 1
EDUC-242 Pedagogy/Practice in Theatre for Youth 3
EDUC-356 Curriculum Methods in Elementary School Social Studies 1
EDUC-PLHD3ALiberal Studies Emphasis Elect 3
Year 2 Term 2
PSYC-103C Introduction to Psychology 3
HIST-PLCR2History Core Requirement (World Civ) 3
PSCI-216C Fundamentals of Physical Science 3
PSCI-216CL Fundamentals of Physical Science Lab 1
EDUC-220C Researched Writing for Liberal Studies Majors 3
EDUC-305 Tutoring in an Urban Setting 1-3
EDUC-315 Teaching in a Multicultural Setting 3
Year 2 Term 3
HIST-156C U.S. History 3
ENGL-230C Literature and the Human Experience 3
Year 3 Term 1
COMM-201C Speech Composition and Presentation 3
ART-330 Art Techniques for Teachers 3
KINE-435 Physical Ed for Elem Schools 3
THEO-300C Developing a Christian World View 3
EDUC-326 Child and Adolescent Development 3
EDUC-PLHD3BLiberal Studies Emphasis Elect 3
Year 3 Term 2
MUSC-337B Music for Elementary Schools-Non-Majors 3
ENGL-340 Children's Literature 3
ENGL-453 Language, Culture, and Linguistics 3
EDUC-330 Integrating Technology in Classroom Teaching 3
CHIS-400C Christian Heritage 3
EDUC-PLPR3Liberal Studies Program Requirement 3
Year 4 Term 1
EDUC-409 Foundations in Teaching for Multiple Subject 2
EDUC-419 English Language Arts in Elementary Classrooms for Multiple Subject 3
EDUC-423 Instructional Design and Specific Subject Pedagogy for Multiple Subject 4
EDUC-425 Early Supervised Fieldwork for Multiple Subject 4
EDUC-442 CalTPA Cycle 1 0.5
Year 4 Term 2
EDUC-437 Curriculum Unit Planning for Multiple Subject 2
EDUC-486 Clinical Practice Seminar for Multiple Subject 2
EDUC-487 Clinical Practice Fieldwork for Multiple Subject 8
EDUC-443 CalTPA Cycle 2 0.5
EDUC-499C Senior Capstone in Liberal Studies 3
 Total Units138-140

CBEST Waiver Courses/ESM Waiver Courses (authorized by completion of qualifying coursework/CA Law, July 2021) include:  ENGL-120C Persuasive Writing ; MATH-115C Applied Mathematics and Personal FinanceMATH-120 Math for Elementary TeachersENGL-230C Literature and the Human ExperienceEDUC-220C Researched Writing for Liberal Studies MajorsENGL-340 Children's Literature


YEAR ONE TERM ONE :: Provisional Standing Students will take CORE-101C College Success Strategies instead of CORE-100C.