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Liberal Studies is Cal Poly's pre-professional Teacher Preparation Program leading to enrolment in a multiple subject credential program. The mission of Liberal Studies is to ensure that students are prepared to teach competently and professionally each of the seven content areas in the state-mandated curriculum (K-8). These include language arts, mathematics, science, history/social sciences, visual and performing arts, health/physical education and human development. Liberal Studies provides the educational experience and preparation best suited for the prospective elementary teacher.

Program Learning Objectives

Upon graduating, Liberal Studies students will:

Demonstrate an understanding of the physical, social and cognitive development of children.

Develop a strong understanding of the conceptual foundation of each of the following subjects as well as how knowledge is created and organized: Reading, Language and Literacy, History and Social Science, Mathematics, Science, Visual and Performing Arts, and Physical Education and Health.

Develop knowledge of best teaching and learning practices specific to each discipline with a focus of met cognition.

Demonstrate effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills in a variety of contexts including the use of appropriate technology.

Demonstrate the ability to integrate the content of one discipline into another through the development of projects across subject matter areas.

Synthesize and integrate information that promotes personal and professional growth in the field of education.

Demonstrate ability to engage in change, tolerance and inclusion, advance principles of social justice, equity and ethical practice.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study BS in Liberal Studies.

Full Time (180 units)

Tuition fees

$25,719.00 (18,47,396) per year

This fee includes tuition, fees and insurance


19 Sep


College of Science and Mathematics

California Polytechnic State University,



93407, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Students must have currently in high school (with or without completed college work) or you have graduated from high school and have not attended any college after high school graduation and prior to entering Cal Poly. They also must have: TOEFL must be taken within the last 2 years with: a minimum score of 550 (paper version) or a minimum internet-based score of 80. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) must be taken within 2 years with: a minimum score of 6.5.

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