UNIVERSITY CATALOG: 2017-2018

Program: B.A., Liberal Studies

Pre-Credential Program

Program Description

Teacher Preparation

Students interested in careers as elementary or special education teachers should select one of the Liberal Studies Teacher Preparation Option programs. All provide a B.A. degree in Liberal Studies, including preparation in the “multiple subjects” taught in self-contained classroom settings. Students in the Teacher Preparation Option take courses in the language arts, natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, visual and performing arts, human development, physical education and health. By the end of the degree program, students have a foundation of basic knowledge in all of these areas. Students pursuing the Teacher Preparation Option are not required to meet the University General Education and Title 5 requirements. By completing the Liberal Studies major, students are considered to have fulfilled those requirements.

The Pre-Credential Program provides a B.A. degree in Liberal Studies only and is best suited for students who wish to enroll in a teaching credential program after they earn their bachelor’s degree. This program requires 107 units of specified coursework toward the B.A. degree of 120 units. The Pre-Credential Program also is the gateway into the ITEP-Junior program. In order to transition from Pre-Credential to ITEP-Junior, students must gain admission to the CSUN Credential program.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., Social Security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from the department.

Program Requirements

A. Lower Division Requirements (53-54 units)

1. Freshman Composition (3 units)

Select one course from:

AAS 113B, AAS 114B, AAS 115 Approaches to University Writing (3)
AFRS 113B, AFRS 114B, AFRS 115 Approaches to University Writing (3)
CAS 113B, CAS 114B, CAS 115 Approaches to University Writing (3)
CHS 113B, CHS 114B, CHS 115 Approaches to University Writing (3)
ENGL 113B, ENGL 114B, ENGL 115 Approaches to University Writing (3)
QS 113B, QS 114B, QS 115 Approaches to University Writing (3)

2. Critical Thinking (3-4 units)

Select one course from:

AAS 201 Race, Racism and Critical Thinking (3)
AFRS 204 Race and Critical Thinking (3)
CHS 202 Race, Racism and Critical Thinking (3)
COMS 225/L Argumentation and Lab (2/1)
PHIL 100 General Logic (4)
PHIL 200 Critical Reasoning (3)
PHIL 210 Reasoning in the Sciences (3)
RS 204 Religion, Logic and the Media (3)

3. Speech Communication (3 units)

Select one course from:

AAS 151 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
AFRS 151 Freshman Speech Communication (3)
CAS 151 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
CHS 151 Freshman Speech Communication (3)
COMS 151/L Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Lab (2/1)

4. Mathematics (3 units)

MATH 210 Basic Number Concepts (3)

5. Biology (4 units)

Select one course from:

BIOL 100/L Introductory Biology and Lab (3/1)
BIOL 101/L General Biology and Lab (3/1)
BIOL 102/L Biological Concepts and Lab (3/1)

6. Physical Science (4 units)

PHSC 170 Introduction to Physical Science (4)

7. Literature (3 units)

Select one course from:

AAS 220 Survey of Asian American Literature (3)
AFRS 245 African-American Literature Since 1930 (3)
CAS 201 Survey of Central American Literature (3)
CHS 201 Survey of Mexican Literature in Translation (3)
ENGL 255 Introduction to Literature (3)
ENGL 258 Major English Writers I (3)
ENGL 259 Major English Writers II (3)
ENGL 275 Major American Writers (3)
FLIT 295A Masterpieces of European Literature I (3)
FLIT 295B Masterpieces of European Literature II (3)

8. Performing and Visual Arts (3 units)

Select one course from:

ART 100/L Introduction to Art Processes and Lab (1/2)
ART 110 World Arts: The Western Tradition (3)
ART 112 World Arts: Africa, Oceania and the Americas (3)
ART 114 World Arts: Asia (3)
CAS 202 Survey of Central American Visual, Installation and Performance Arts (3)
CHS 111 The Chicana/o and the Arts (3)
MUS 105 Understanding Music (3)
MUS 107 Music Today (3)
TH 110 Introduction to Theatre: Text/Drama/Performance (3)
TH 111 Actors and Acting (3)*

9. Probability and Statistics (3 units)

MATH 211 Statistics and Probability for Elementary and Middle School Teachers (3)

10. World Geography (3 units)

GEOG 150 World Geography (3)

11. Earth Science (3 units)

Select one course from:

GEOG 106LRS The Physical Environment for Liberal Studies Majors (3)
GEOL 106LRS Earth and Space Science for Liberal Studies Majors (3)

12. World History (3 units)

HIST 110 World History to 1500 (3)

13. United States History (3 units)

Select one course from:

AFRS 271 African-American History to 1865 (3)
CHS 245 History of the Americas (3)

HIST 270 The United States to 1865 (3)

14. Government (3 units)

Select one course from:

AFRS 161 American Political Institutions: A Black Perspective (3)
CHS 260 Constitutional Issues and the Chicana/o (3)

POLS 155 American Political Institutions (3)
RS 255 American Political Institutions and Religion (3)

15. Urban Education (3 units)

ELPS 203 Urban Education in American Society (3)

Note: Students planning to pursue an Education Specialist Credential should take SPED 400 instead of ELPS 203.

16. Child Development (3 units)

Select one course from:

CADV 150 Foundations of Child and Adolescent Development (3)
FCS 330 Child Growth and Development (3)

17. Interdisciplinary Specialization Course 1 (3 units)

See list of approved Specializations below.

B. Upper Division Requirements (51 units)

Students should complete most, if not all, lower division coursework before taking upper division requirements. Upper division courses are listed in the order in which they should be taken, whenever possible.

18. Gateway Experience (3 units)

LRS 300 Liberal Studies Gateway Experience (3)

19. Intermediate Composition (3 units)

ENGL 305 Intermediate Expository Writing (3)

20. Psychological Foundations (3 units)

EPC 315 Psychological Foundations of Learning and Teaching (3)

Note: Students planning to pursue an Education Specialist Credential should take SPED 402 instead of EPC 315.

21. Visual Arts, Performing Arts and the Child (12 units)

ART 380/L Children’s Art and Lab (2/1)
KIN 314/L Creative Dance for Children and Lab (2/1)
MUS 361/L Music Literature for Children and Lab (2/1)
TH 371/L Creative Drama and Lab (2/1)

22. California Geography/History (3 units)

Select one course from:

GEOG 417 California for Educators (3)
or HIST 417 California for Educators (3)

23. Introduction to Language, Grammar and Linguistics for Teachers (3 units)

ENGL 303/L Introduction to Language. Grammar and Linguistics for Teachers (2/1)

24. Physical Education for Children (3 units)

KIN 470/L Physical Education for Children and Lab (2/1)

25. Basic Concepts of Geometry, Probability and Statistics (3 units)

MATH 310 Basic Concepts of Geometry, Probability and Statistics (3)

26. Basic Algebraic Concepts (3 units)

MATH 312 Basic Algebraic Concepts (3)

Note: Students who plan to move into the ITEP-Junior Option should wait to take MATH 312 until admitted to the Credential Program because MATH 312 must be taken concurrently with EED 472.

27. Language Development and Acquisition (3 units)

LING 417 Language Development and Acquisition (3)

28. Health Science (1 unit)

HSCI 465ELM Teaching Health in the Elementary School Classroom (1 unit)

29. Social and Cultural Context: The Child (3 units)

Select one course from:

AAS 450 Asian American Child and the Schools (3)
AFRS 420 The Black Child (3)
ARMN 440 Armenian American Child (3)
CAS 410 The Central American Child (3)
CHS 430 The Chicana/o Child (3)

30. Children’s Literature (3 units)

ENGL 428 Children’s Literature (3)

Note: Students who plan to move into the ITEP-Junior Option should wait to take ENGL 428 until admitted to the Credential Program because ENGL 428 must be taken concurrently with EED 477A.

31. Interdisciplinary Specialization Course 2 (3 units)

See list of approved Specializations below.

32. Science Experience Course (1 unit)

GEOL 406LRS Liberal Studies Science Experience Capstone (1)

33. Interdisciplinary Specialization Course 3 (3 units)

See list of approved Specializations below.

List of Specializations for all Liberal Studies Teacher Preparation Options

A. Language Arts or LSLA: Choose Track A or Track B

Track A–Language Arts
1. Literature (3 units)
Select one course from:

AAS 420 Asian American Literary Self-Representations (3)
AFRS 346 Contemporary Black Female Writers (3)
CHS 480/F Chicana/o-Latina/o Children’s Literature in Communities (2/1)
ENGL 311 History of African-American Writing (3)
ENGL 314 North American Indian Literature (3)

2. Linguistics (3 units)
Select one course from:

AFRS 395 Bilingualism in the African-American Community (3)
CHS 482 Language of the Barrio (3)
ENGL 405 Language Differences and Language Change (3)
LING 427 Languages in Contact (3)
LING 447 Bilingualism in the U.S. (3)

3. Language Arts Capstone Experience (3 units)
Select one course from:

LING 325 Language, Gender, and Identity (3)
ENGL 495ESM Multigenre Literacy in a Global Context (3)

Track B–Literacy Scholars for the Future of Los Angeles (LSLA)
1. Perspective on Literacy (3 units)

LRS 333 Perspectives on Literacy (3) (Fall only)

2. Practicum in Early Literacy (3 units)

LRS 433/F Practicum in Early Literacy (2/1) (Fall only)

3. Children’s Literature of Latin America in Translation (3 units)

CHS 480/F Chicana/o-Latina/o Children’s Literature in Communities (2/1) (Spring only)

B. Mathematics

1 & 2. Math Requirements (6 units)

MATH 131 Mathematical Ideas (3)
MATH 311 Basic Geometric Concepts (3)

3. Math Capstone Experience (3 units)

MATH 331 Mathematical Explorations (3)

C. History and Social Science

1. Places, Cultures and Histories Requirement (3 units)
Select one course from:

AFRS 366 Colonialism in Africa (3)
CAS 309 Ancient to Pre-Modern History of the Central American People (3)
CAS 310 Modern History of the Central American People (3)
CHS 345 History of the Mexican Peoples (3)
CHS 445 History of the Chicano (3)
GEOG 321 United States (3)
HIST 355 History of Slavery in the United States (3)
HIST 369 History of American Indians (3)

2. Social Science Issues in Diverse Communities Requirement (3 units)
Select one course from:

AAS 210 History of Asians in America (3)
AAS 345 Contemporary Issues in Asian American Studies (3)
AAS 347 Asian American Politics and Law (3)
AFRS 272 African-American History Since 1865 (3)
AFRS 300 Contemporary Issues in the African-American Community (3)
AIS 304 American Indian Law and Policy (3)
AIS 401 Contemporary American Indian Social Issues (3)
CAS 369 Contemporary Social Movements in Central America (3)
CHS 260 Constitutional Issues and the Chicana/o (3)
CHS 471 Chicano Families (3)
GEOG 300 The Geographer’s Craft (3)
GEOG 350 Metropolitan Los Angeles (3)
GWS 110 Women, Work and Family (3)
GWS 300 Women as Agents of Change (3)
GWS 370 Women and Violence (3)
HIST 301 The Historian’s Craft: Reading, Research and Writing History (3)
HIST 380: Los Angeles: Past, Present, Future (3)
QS 301 Perspectives in Queer Studies (3)

3. History and Social Science Capstone Experience (3 units)
Select one course from:

AAS 417 Equity and Diversity in School (3)
AFRS 417 Equity and Diversity in Schools (3)
ARMN 417 Equity and Diversity in School (3)
CHS 417 Equity and Diversity in School (3)
ELPS 417 Equity and Diversity in School (3)

D. Sciences

1. Physics/Astronomy/Chemistry Science Requirement (3-4 units)

ASTR 152 Elementary Astronomy (3)
ASTR 154L Observational Astronomy (1)
ASTR 352 Current Developments in Astronomy (3)
ASTR 352L Current Developments in Astronomy Lab (1)
PHYS 305/L Physics of Music and Laboratory (3/1)
CHEM 110 Chemistry in Action (3)
CHEM 110L Chemistry in Action Lab (1)

2. Biology/Geology Science Requirement (2-4 units)

BIOL 211 Human Anatomy (2)
BIOL 212 Laboratory Studies in Human Anatomy (1)
BIOL 241 Human Pregnancy and Embryology (3)
BIOL 241L Human Pregnancy and Embryology Lab (1)
BIOL 281 Human Physiology (3)
BIOL 282 Lab Experiments in Human Physiology (1)
BIOL 285 Biology of Cancer (2)
BIOL 316/L Plant Biology and Lab (3/1)
BIOL 317/L Microbes and Society and Lab (3/1)
BIOL 323 Plants and Animals of Southern California (3)
BIOL 325/L Life in the Sea and Lab (3/1)
BIOL 362/L Genetics and Society and Lab (3/1)
GEOL 101 Geology of Planet Earth (3)
GEOL 102 Geology of Planet Earth Lab (1)
GEOL 110 Earth and Life Through Time (3)
GEOL 112 Earth and Life Through Time Lab (1)
GEOL 122 The World Ocean (3)
GEOL 123 World Ocean Lab (1)
GEOL 300 Environmental Geology (3)
GEOL 301 Environmental Geology Lab (1)

3. Science Capstone Experience (3 units)

SCI 456 Science Capstone (3)

E. Arts Integration

1. Arts and the Child Requirement (6 units)
Select two courses from:

ART 385/L Children’s Crafts and Lab (2/1)
KIN 314/L Creative Dance for Children and Lab (2/1)
MUS 361/L Music Literature for Children and Lab (2/1)
TH 371/L Creative Drama and Lab (2/1)

2. Arts Capstone Experience (3 units)
Select one course from:

ART 305 Art and Mass Culture (3)
KIN 380/L Perspectives of Dance and Lab (2/1)
MUS 307 Music from a Global Perspective (3)
TH 310 Theatre in Performance (3)

Contact

Director: Ranita Chatterjee
Education Administration (EA) 100
(818) 677-3300
www.csun.edu/humanities/liberal-studies

Student Learning Outcomes

Core Program
Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate proficient knowledge in the range of disciplines that relate to K-12 education and advanced-level knowledge in their area of specialization.
  2. Demonstrate skills and knowledge needed to support all students in a diverse urban school environment.
  3. Be able to describe essential features of the California Standards and the Common Core State Standards and discuss their overall and specific goals.
  4. Be able to describe, draw connections between and apply basic methods of inquiry used in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Social Sciences and Sciences.
  5. Be able to successfully adapt their reading and writing to a range of disciplines, genres, media and purposes.
  6. Be able to reflect on and, for ITEP students, apply their knowledge and skills acquired in the major and in their specialization to teaching in the K-12 classroom.
  7. Be able to access, evaluate and make use of a range of informational resources (electronic and otherwise).

Specialization
Student Learning Outcomes

Language Arts

  1. Be able to (a) describe the general, stated and/or implicit goals of the Content/Common Core Standards for Language Arts in terms of knowledge, concepts and skills; (b) describe the organizational structure of the standards and the terminology used; (c) illustrate how areas of knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills are expected to develop longitudinally.
  2. Reflect in depth on their own methods of reading and writing across genres and across various media.
  3. Read closely, analyze and interpret texts from a diverse array of genres, purposes, perspectives and writers.
  4. Recognize and systematically describe observed features of multilingual speech communities, including language contact effects, language planning efforts, linguistic strategies used by multilingual speakers, stigmatized dialects and perceptions of prestige.
  5. Demonstrate their understanding of children’s dispositions toward and use of language in conversations, classroom discourse, the reading of texts in different genres and the writing they do for different purposes. Students will be able to identify children’s varying uses of language and how, in particular, they use language to encapsulate and communicate knowledge, thoughts and feelings.

Math

  1. Be able to (a) describe the general, stated and/or implicit goals of the Content/Common Core Standards for Mathematics in terms of knowledge, concepts and skills; (b) describe the organizational structure of the standards and the terminology used; (c) illustrate how areas of knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills are expected to develop longitudinally.
  2. Reflect in depth on their own path toward mathematical mastery through problem solving.
  3. Be able to demonstrate a profound understanding of fundamental mathematics from an advanced perspective by connecting algebraic, geometric and numerical concepts in communicating their mathematical arguments.
  4. Demonstrate their ability to solve problems by choosing appropriate mathematical representations and persevere in solving them by reasoning abstractly and quantitatively and by constructing and communicating viable arguments.
  5. Demonstrate their understanding of the mathematical thinking of K-6 children in realistic classrooms situations. They will be able to identify different ways that children learn mathematics and critically evaluate their reasoning.

Social Science

  1. Be able to (a) describe the general, stated and/or implicit goals of the Content/Common Core Standards for Social Science in terms of knowledge, concepts and skills; (b) describe the organizational structure of the standards and the terminology used; (c) illustrate how areas of knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills are expected to develop longitudinally.
  2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of a variety of social science methodologies and analytical techniques.
  3. Demonstrate ability to provide their future students with a Standards-based, social science education.
  4. Demonstrate ability to frame questions that can be answered by chorological and historical research.

Science

  1. Be able to (a) describe the general, stated and/or implicit goals of the Content/Common Core Standards for Science in terms of knowledge, concepts and skills; (b) describe the organizational structure of the standards and the terminology used; (c) illustrate how areas of knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills are expected to develop longitudinally.
  2. Be able to reflect in depth on their own path toward an in-depth understanding of scientific methodology and inquiry.
  3. Be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of how scientific investigation and experimentation are applied to scientific questions and problems.
  4. Be able to (a) Demonstrate an ability to approach scientific questions and problems through sound experimental design, implementation and analysis of data; (b) demonstrate an ability to objectively analyze scientific studies conducted by others.
  5. Demonstrate their understanding of the processes by which children form scientific concepts as applied to learning and teaching science. They will be able to identify different ways of learning scientific concepts and be able to form strategies for working with these ideas to facilitate learning.

Visual and Performing Arts

  1. Be able to (a) describe the general, stated and/or implicit goals of the Content/Common Core Standards for Visual and Performing Arts in terms of knowledge, concepts and skills; (b) describe the organizational structure of the standards and the terminology used; (c) illustrate how areas of knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills are expected to develop longitudinally.
  2. Reflect in depth on ways of knowing through the four art forms of dance, music, theatre and visual art.
  3. Distinguish the process, elements and product of each of the four art forms.
  4. Determine where the four art forms intersect in relationship to elements, process and product.
  5. Apply the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards to learning segments.

ADT/STAR Act Degree Road Maps

Students who have graduated with a verified Associate Degree for Transfer and have been admitted to a CSUN program that has been deemed similar will be able to complete the baccalaureate degree within 60 semester units. For additional information, see ADT/STAR Act Degree Road Maps.

Liberal Studies/Pre-Credential Option - AA-T in Elementary Teacher Education - 2017

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