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B.A. Liberal Studies

To teach in California elementary schools, you need at least a bachelor's degree and a teaching credential. We offer you options for earning both. More importantly, we make sure that you are ready to take on all of the opportunities and challenges that come with the exciting profession of teaching.

About the Degree Options
Our goal at Benerd is to prepare teachers who make a difference in our education system and the lives of students. The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies provides a solid multidisciplinary foundation in the core areas of study for educators. The B.A. in Liberal Studies offers a four-year plan of blend courses for your major and an elementary and /or special education credential. Our program focuses on subject matters such as Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, the Arts, and the Humanities. Undergraduates interested in teaching in middle or high school can earn a teaching credential while pursuing their bachelor's degree in a field of their choice.  We work with major advisors in the College of the Pacific to make sure you are on track to earn your bachelor's degree and teaching credential as an undergraduate.


  • Our programs provide hands-on experiences for the early stages to ensure an interest in teaching
  • Benerd has solidified excellent working relationships with varying school districts to provide our students with the opportunity to experience a variety of settings and populations in our student teaching and intern programs.
  • Our faculty and staff support students and provide a personal experience unlike any other university.
  • Because our students leave with varying experience, many are offered desirable job placements even before graduation.
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