Prepare to Teach with APU’s Liberal Studies Major

APU’s liberal studies major equips future teachers and other professionals by integrating Common Core-aligned subject matter and service-learning experiences with the application of a Christian worldview, exploring life vocation, promoting awareness of cultural diversity issues, and studying multiple curricula with emphasis in specific subject areas, fostering a holistic understanding of knowledge. In this program, students participate in 100+ hours of teacher-oriented service-learning field experience in different districts, giving them experience in meeting the needs of diverse populations. Students also choose a concentration, and liberal studies majors leave APU prepared to make a difference in students’ lives.

Most concentrations qualify students for supplementary authorization through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), enabling them to teach the subject in grades K-9 with a valid teaching credential.

Is This Major Right for You?

You’re a liberal studies major if you:

  • Enjoy working with children and young adults.
  • Enjoy explaining ideas and concepts to others.
  • Are creative and tend to think outside the box.
  • Wish to go on to a teacher credentialing program or other education-related professions.
  • Are invested in the welfare of future generations.

Learn more about this major.

Integrated Bachelor’s and Teaching Credential Program

Students in the BA in Liberal Studies, BS in Allied Health, or BA in Mathematics who are interested in teaching also have the option to earn a preliminary California teaching credential through APU’s Integrated Bachelor’s and Teaching Credential Program. In just four years, including one or two summers, you can complete both your bachelor’s degree and a teaching credential that pairs with your particular subject area. Service-learning projects, field experiences, and student teaching opportunities prepare you to start a career teaching in K-12 public schools. Learn more about the Integrated Bachelor’s and Teaching Credential Program.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.