Bachelor - Liberal Studies
The University of Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate curriculum that integrates courses and hands-on training in teaching methods. Read more about this program here.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Kind of Program Is It?
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies program have the opportunity to gain a firm grasp of math, science, literature, history and the arts. This curriculum is designed to shape you into an intellectually well-rounded individual. Because of this, the program integrates complementary courses that could help you gain an understanding of how to teach these subjects in the kindergarten through eighth grade school settings. You will have the chance to learn to create lesson plans, manage classroom behavior, instruct students and assess student learning. In addition, you will have the opportunity to learn to be an inclusive instructor who is able to work with special needs and culturally diverse school-aged children and adolescents. This program is offered online and at select University of Phoenix® campuses.
What Are the Prerequisites?
Applicants to University of Phoenix programs should have a high school diploma or GED. This may be the program for you if you enjoy learning about different subjects and want to be well-prepared for the workforce. You may have experience as a student leader or as a teacher's aide.
What Are the Course Requirements?
This University of Phoenix program requires the completion of 121 credit hours. Of these, 63 credits are in the major. The program is designed to integrate practical experiences in a classroom setting.
- GEN 200: Foundations for General Education and Professional Success
- EDU 300CA: Orientation to Teacher Education
- EDU 301CA: Foundations Of Education
- EDU 305CA: Child Development
- EDU 311CA: Models And Theories Of Instruction
- ELL 300: Instructional Methods for English Language Learners
- SPE 300CA: Orientation to the Exceptional Child
- TPA 001: Subject Specific Pedagogy
- EED 436CA: Elementary Methods - Social Science and Fine Arts
- EED 438CA: Elementary Methods - Mathematics and Science
- TPA 002: Designing Instruction
- RDG 420CA: Elementary Methods - Reading and Language Arts
- EDU 321CA: Classroom Management
- EED 498CA: Elementary Student Teaching, Seminar I
- EED 499CA: Elementary Student Teaching, Seminar II
- BSLS 101CA: Orientation To Liberal Studies In Education
- RDG 201CA: Reading and Writing Concepts
- MTH 213CA: Mathematics for Elementary Educators I
- MTH 214CA: Mathematics for Elementary Educators II
- HIS 305CA: California State History
- HIS 110CA: U.S. History to 1865
- ARTS 100CA: Introduction to the Visual and Performing Arts
- ARTS 230CA: Survey of the Visual Arts
- ARTS 340CA: Exploration of Western Classical Music
- PHL 310CA: Critical Thinking Across Disciplines
- HUM 375CA: Integrative Studies
- HPE 170CA: Health and Physical Education
What Are My Post-Graduation Opportunities?
Because the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies curriculum seeks to develop students' writing, presentation and problem-solving skills, this program could be an excellent starting point for virtually any graduate program. Some students may decide they'd like to continue their pedagogical training and enroll in a master's-level education program.
Some relevant master's degree programs offered at University of Phoenix include, but are not limited to:
- Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education
- Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Elementary Teacher Education
- Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Secondary Teacher Education
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Management
University of Phoenix initial degree programs lead to teaching certification (Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Level, Secondary and Special Education) in certain states. The College of Education offers state-approved programs in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia. Individual programs vary by state, and not all programs are available at all locations or in both online and on-campus modalities. Candidates may request an institutional recommendation upon successful completion of their program (academic and program requirements). Candidates should check with their state agency for any state-specific requirements, including the acceptability of the University?s initial programs in any state in which they intend to seek licensure or certification. Program requirements are subject to change based on state certification requirements. Please speak to a campus representative for a listing of programs available at each campus location.
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University of Phoenix is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. University of Phoenix was placed on Notice by The Higher Learning Commission, effective June 27, 2013. For additional information, contact The Higher Learning Commission, ncahlc.org.
The University's Central Administration is located at 1625 W. Fountainhead Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85282-2371. Online Campus: 3157 E. Elwood St., Phoenix, AZ 85034
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.
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