where academic investigation +
christian faith +
service to others unite

The La Sierra University Advantage

  • Be prepared to teach in public and private schools and to enter graduate school and credential programs.
  • Learn in small clases with professors in an integrated Christian context.
  • Receive personal advice from faculty for program decisions, student teaching placements, application for credentials, and job placements.
  • Receive individual mentoring for the Teaching Performance Assessment exams.
  • Study with faculty who are experts in differentiated instruction, brain an learning, cooperative learning, social and emotional intelligence, special education, and more.
  • Study with faculty who regularly conduct research and present findings at conferences and conventions around North America and the world.
  • Join a school with a high pass rate, approximately 98 to 99%, for the CSET, RICA, TPA and CBEST tests required for teaching credentials.

We offer the following:

Bachelor of Arts

Employment Outlook

With the inclusion or addition of required professional education courses, this degree is also very useful for those who want to earn California multiple subjects elementary education teaching credentials.

The Liberal Arts major prepares the student for a wide variety of career options or can be used as the basis for admission into a variety of post-baccalaureate degree programs. Preparation for credentialing in elementary education is possible through careful course selection.

Why Pursue Liberal Studies?

With the elementary teacher education component, you can pursue your goal of molding young lives. Opportunities in the field of education are expected to grow over the next five years as one in five elementary teachers heads into retirement. Now is the time to prepare for a career in education and help fill that educational need.

Liberal Studies/Education Undergraduate Program

Liberal Studies Program Bachelor of Arts

The Liberal Studies/Education Bachelor of Arts program is offered through the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Education's Curriculum & Instruction department. The program includes English literature, fine arts, humanities, math and science, social sciences, and education courses. The program serves as a pathway to a Master of Arts in education and teaching credentials.

Fast Facts Liberal studies Program

Average completion time4 Years
Program Units97

 As a teaching principal at Peninsula Adventist School in Seaside, California, La Sierra's liberal studies program gave me the tools to be a more effective teacher and administrator as well as an important part of the community. The program instilled in me the desire to better understand the learning process.

Sarah seaman
class of 2004, liberal studies
Class of 2006, master of arts in english


La Sierra University's School of Education Curriculum & instruction department is approved by the State of California to offer the preliminary and clear credentials for both public and private school teachers at the elementary and secondary levels. Liberal Studies students may apply for a preliminary credential allowing them to teach elementary school for five years as they qualify for a clear credential.

 True education means more than the pursual of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is. It has to do with the whole being, and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come.

ellen G. white

Paying for College

The Student Financial Services office is here to help with financial aid processes. The staff also keeps up to date on scholarships that could benefit La Sierra students.

Choosing Classes

First-year students meet with their academic coach/advisor each week for their first two quarters. Then they are assigned an advisor from their major department who will help them choose the classes they need to complete their program.

Beyond Class

A lot of learning takes place outside of the classroom. The Division of Student Life is headquarters for student government, activities, organizations, spiritual life, and much more to enhance your college experience.

Career Center

We want you to find a good job after you finish your degree at La Sierra. A new Career Center, located in the Zapara School of Business, is expected to open before the end of fall quarter.

University Studies

All undergraduate students at La Sierra University participate in a comprehensive general education curriculum called University Studies, which is rooted in the concept of liberal education as a formative and transformative process. University Studies offers an integrated curriculum that:

  • stimulates the meaning-centered development of its students.
  • familiarizes students with the various academic disciplines.
  • exposes students to intercultural, international and inter-ethnic concerns.
  • encourages students to recognize the importance of developing a personal value system to distinguish between right and wrong.

Get to Know Us

Faculty & Staff
About the Program

Degree Programs

Liberal Studies

Contact and Location


School of Education, Room 202