Elementary (Multiple Subjects)

Students with Jane
Liberal Studies Major

In California, those who wish to pursue a career in elementary education usually major in Liberal Studies. The Liberal Studies major is a degree primarily in academic content, allowing you to develop expertise in all of the fields of study that would normally be taught in the elementary classroom. Among other purposes, the major is specifically designed to prepare candidates for the CSET exam, required for entrance into a California credential program.

Regular Track

In the regular program, the teaching credential is earned during a 5th year of study. Graduates of Westmont’s Liberal Studies program may complete their 5th year (their credential, that is) either through Westmont’s state-approved credential program or through another institution.


Fast-Track Option

Qualified candidates may, with careful planning, be able to complete both the Liberal Studies major and California’s requirements for a preliminary teaching credential in four years. Depending on the depth of your academic preparation in high school, you may need to enroll in pertinent summer classes to complete both programs in four years. In either case, academic advisors in the Education Department will work with you closely to ensure that you meet each state requirement.


Fast Track Four Year Sample Plans

With careful planning and (in many cases) extra classes over the summer, it is possible to complete both the subject-area requirements and the Credential program in four years.

Attached are sample "fast-track" four year plans. You may choose, however, to complete your BA in four years and enter the Credential program as a fifth year of study.

There are five support courses that you will want to incorporate in your undergraduate studies. These courses are embedded in the Liberal Studies major, but other majors need to find time to take these courses:

* ED 100/101 Explorations in Teaching (4)
* ED 105 Perspectives on Cultural Diversity and Education (4)
* ED 160/161 Computers for the Classroom Teacher (2)
* ENG 106 Language Acquisition (4)
* KNS 156 Health for the Classroom Teachers (2)

Multiple Subject Plan

Elementary Fast Track

Elementary Regular