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College of Education students will find many helpful resources on COE Central. Program handbooks provide a wealth of information on topics such as professional expectations, clinical experiences, clinical practice, internships, TPA and much more. Milestone roadmaps, technology and multimedia resources, and various toolkits are also available.


Plus, you’ll find plenty of support from our dedicated program support specialists who partner with you during your 100 required hours of clinical experience (or more if required by your state) and clinical practice. Our program support specialists also help you navigate the world of state licensure requirements, special education teacher certification and any questions or obstacles you encounter along the way.

What You'll Learn

When you earn your BS in Liberal Studies, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. 

Topics covered in this degree include:

  • Design and implement effective elementary classroom instruction
  • Apply professional ethics to teaching practices
  • Meet the instructional needs of diverse elementary student populations
  • Create innovative strategies and incorporate technology into the classrooms
  • Gain knowledge, skills and dispositions to meet California Teaching Performance Expectations

Along with the knowledge and skills related to the University Learning Goals, students who graduate from the College of Education should gain program-specific knowledge, skills and abilities. Each college or school creates a set of Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) to describe the knowledge, skills or attitudes students will possess upon completion of the program of study. By the time you complete your Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies degree, you should be able to perform these learning outcomes

Program Purpose Statement

The Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies is an undergraduate degree program intended to prepare students with no prior teaching experience for initial teacher licensure. The program includes a clinical component requiring field experiences and student teaching above and beyond program coursework.

Requirements for licensure vary by state. See your state’s requirements.

There may be additional qualifications and/or disqualifications applicable in order to work as a teacher with any local, state or federal entity.

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies?

A BS/LS can prepare you to be:

  • Elementary school teacher
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to be slower than average between 2018 and 2028.


Paying for school

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Keep the same fixed, affordable tuition from start to finish of your degree program, even if it takes longer than you planned. That’s our promise: no matter what surprises life brings, you can count on us.

Save time and money on your degree

Credit transfer made easy
Graduate faster by transferring in prior eligible credits from another accredited institution.


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Institutional accreditation

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

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While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.