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Degree Programs


Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies (B.A.)
This program is through the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies (B.A.) With Teacher Education
This program is through College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is similar to the fifth year program and can be taken in place of the fifth year. The M.A.T. is for persons who have a bachelor’s degree and wish to obtain the State of California Professional Clear Credential along with a master’s degree. Those who have earned a credential as an undergraduate are not able to take the M.A.T. but may take a Master of Arts degree (M.A.), which is an academic degree not tied to a credential. Read more.

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is similar to the fifth year program and can be taken in place of the fifth year. The M.A.T. is for persons who have a bachelor’s degree and wish to obtain the State of California Professional Clear Credential along with a master’s degree. Those who have earned a credential as an undergraduate are not able to take the M.A.T. but may take a Master of Arts degree (M.A.), which is an academic degree not tied to a credential. Read more.

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for educators who would like a graduate degree in education and are primarily interested in teaching. The program has been designed to cover a core of professional and academic courses and then allow the student to build expertise in a particular area of interest. The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction requires a minimum of 45 units post-baccalaureate coursework and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Read more.







Credentials and Endorsements



La Sierra University's state-approved multiple subjects teacher education program prepares candidates to teach in elementary schools with a preliminary teaching credential from the State of California. The preliminary credential is valid for 5 years, during which time the individual should work toward completing the professional clear credential, which can be earned at La Sierra. Read more.

La Sierra University's state-approved single subject teacher education program prepares candidates to teach in middle and high schools with a preliminary teaching credential from the State of California. The preliminary credential is valid for 5 years, during which time the individual should work toward completing the professional clear credential. Read more.


For more information please contact Sylvia Gallegos, the Credential Analyst, at (951) 785-2224.


Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes Alignment Matrix (pdf)

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