B.A. Liberal Studies
The School of Education equips and empowers effective educators - developing Christ-like, professional practitioners called to ensure life-changing learning for all students.
The classroom and educational experience for each student - whether they are in kindergarten or college, relies mostly on the attitude and skill of the teacher. Our program offers students the unique opportunity to learn from loving, intellectual, organized, hard-working, and wise instructors while simultaneously being trained to teach. Students are educated in the methodology behind the classroom, given hands-on experience in practicing to teach, and have lovely examples to sit under and watch. The influence teachers have on their students is vital for their personal growth. In a world that is growing more and more dark, knowing how to be an example of Christ — in a secular or religious school — is an invaluable asset to teachers who want to make a genuine impact in young lives.
If a career in education is your calling, you will be in a professional ministry of service to students, families, and communities. These are the four pillars of TMU’s School of Education Conceptual Framework for life-changing learning:
- I. Grounded in the Truth which can be discovered by but is not derived from, our own self
- II. Transformational, resulting in the development of the learner across the cognitive, social-emotional, spiritual, and physical domains.
- III. Individual, though informed by and benefiting from socio-cultural setting
- IV. Experiential, and can be engaged in and represented by multiple means.
B.A. in Liberal Studies degrees are accredited 4-year undergraduate degree programs offered on-campus in Santa Clarita. This flexible degree can also be taken as an accelerated 4 year B.A and Teaching Credential, or as a unique Liberal Studies degree. The Teacher Education emphasis can seamlessly transition to Teacher Credential program or to the Masters in Education (M.Ed.). To graduate, students are required to complete 40 General Education (GE) units, 21 bible, 18-24 major core Courses, and additional emphasis/elective classes. Some GE and bible units may be taken through TMU Online. Students may also compile required classes in the TMU IBEX Israel Semester or in the TMU Italy Summer Program.
Sample CoursesView Sample 4-Year Plan
Curriculum Instruction & Learning Theory
In this course, students will learn about best practices in teaching and learning. There will be an emphasis on learning theories as they apply to the use of curriculum and the designing of instruction. Students will be introduced to Culturally Responsive Teaching for the diverse populations in today’s classrooms. Students will explore current issues facing students and teachers. Students will learn how to create an effective lesson plan. Observation and (as allowed) participation in a local public-school classroom for 10 hours is required.
Exploring Disabilities & Special Needs through Literature
Students in this course will examine current education issues regarding special education and students with intellectual, emotional, academic, or physical disabilities through reading and responding to literature. The required texts will introduce strategies currently used in today’s classroom that help teachers increase student comprehension and critical thinking.
Minors in addition to Biblical Studies
Most students will complete a minor in Biblical Studies by default by completing the 24 units in their GE classes and upper-division requirements across 4 years at TMU. In addition to their major, students can also complete a minor in any of these programs by completing the required 15-27 units, depending on the minor: Accounting, Biblical Studies, Biology, Business Administration, Communication, Computer Science, Education, English, History, Global Studies, Kinesiology & Physical Education, Mathematics, Music, and/or Political Studies.
Rooted in an unwavering devotion to Jesus Christ and the inerrant Word of God, our world-class faculty and dedicated administration prepare each student's heart and mind for a life of eternal influence.John MacArthur
Next Steps: Applying
Since 1927, the mission of The Master’s University is to empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth, and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God worldwide.
- Required statement of faith and pastoral recommendation
- 3.6 GPA average for new applications
All faculty share in the commitment to empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth, and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God worldwide.
Study & Serve Abroad - IBEX
Study the Bible for a full semester in the land where the Bible was written.
Study & Serve Abroad - Italy
Spend 6 weeks studying language, art and culture in Florence.
GO! Global Outreach
Opportunities for students to serve overseas through short-term mission trips. We connect them with our Missionary Alumni and other agencies.