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Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies

The classroom and educational experience for each student, whether they are in kindergarten or college, relies largely on the attitude and skill of their teacher. To learn from some of the most loving, intellectual, organized, hard-working and wise instructors while being trained to teach yourself is a rare opportunity. Students are educated in the methodology behind the classroom, given hands-on experience in practicing to teach, and have wonderful 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.

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Teaching Credential Program

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Master of Education (M.Ed)

The Master’s University Online Master of Education in Teaching develops educational professionals, equipping them to integrate the Word of God into all aspects of the classroom. Whether at a Christian school or in a secular environment, God’s truth impacts everything you do. As you grow in your educational knowledge you will develop confidence and leadership, impacting student learning and your professional community. Learn more about the M.Ed

B.A. in Liberal Studies: General Emphasis

A total of 122 units are required for the B.A. degree. At least 40 of the 122 must be upper division.

Major units: 18-24 units are required in each of the following four subject areas (for 84 units across the four areas, with at least 24 upper division units across the four areas)

  1. English/Communication

  2. Social Science

  3. Mathematics/Science/Computer Information Sciences

  4. Humanities/Fine Arts

All general education requirements regarding Scripture Set, Worldview Set, and Skills Set apply as outlined in the catalog . Courses used to fulfill G.E. requirements may count as major units in their respective subject area.

ED402 LS Senior Capstone course (3 units) is required.

Major unit courses may be drawn from the following:\ (Note: list is subject to change/approval; students should seek advisor approval prior to registering for courses.)


Courses from the following:

  • English (E prefix) – such as literature courses (e.g. American, English, or World literature), genre courses (e.g. poetry, drama), or author courses (e.g. Shakespeare, Austen)

  • Communication (C prefix) – such as courses in speech, writing, other communication areas

Mathematics/Science/Computer and Information Sciences

Courses from the following:

  • Mathematics (MA prefix)

  • Science (LS, CH, and PS prefixes)

  • Computer and Information Sciences (CS and MIS prefixes)

KPE405 Statistical Analysis counts in this area

Note: not all computer courses count in this area (e.g. “applied” courses in keyboarding or specific software [MS Excel, Adobe Photoshop, etc.] do not count).

Social Science

Courses from the following:

  • History (H prefix)

  • Political Studies (POL prefix)

  • Kinesiology & Physical Education (KPE prefix)

  • Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology

  • Health Studies

  • Business

Humanities/Fine Arts

Courses from the following:

  • Music (MU prefix) (note: maximum of 6 units in music performance classes)

  • Theater

  • Humanities (e.g. philosophy, art, modern world languages)

  • Some courses in cultural/cross-cultural studies (if not counted in Social Science)

  • Old Testament/New Testament survey courses (B101, B102, B201, B202) – 12 units maximum

Courses that do NOT count toward the major units include:

  • Any Bible Department course (B prefix) except OT and NT survey courses

  • Any activities course from Physical Education and/or any intercollegiate sports team units

  • Any course from Education (ED prefix)

  • Any remedial course (course number often begins with 0)

B.A. in Liberal Studies: Teacher Education Emphasis

Students interested in becoming elementary teachers should enroll in the Liberal Studies/Teacher Education emphasis. It has been developed to prepare students for the California Subject Examination for Teachers: Multiple Subjects (an exam required for entrance into credential programs in California).

Students pursuing the B.A. in Liberal Studies/Teacher Education must complete a total of 84 semester units distributed among the following four areas:

English/Communication (18-24 units), including:

  • E322 Children’s Literature◊* (3)

  • One of the following (3)

    • *E364 History of the English Language (3)

    • ESL351 Language Acquisition (3)

Humanities/Fine Arts (18-24 units), including:

  • ART330 Art Components & Techniques for Elementary Teachers (3)

  • HU312 Disciplinary Connections (3)

  • MU431 Music Components & Techniques for Elementary Teachers (3)

  • P321 Philosophies of Education** (3)

Mathematics/Science/Computer and Information Sciences (18-24 units), including:

  • MA201 Mathematical Systems for Elem. Teachers I (3)

  • PS242 Earth Science (3)

  • PS261 Physical Science (3)

Social Science (18-24 units), including:

  • H332 California: Past & Present (3)

  • SS381 Cultural Geography (3)

◊ Meets general education literature elective requirement ONLY for Liberal Studies: Teacher Education majors.

* Prerequisite for TMU’s Teaching Credential Program.

** Meets general education philosophy requirement (in lieu of P311) ONLY for Liberal Studies: Teacher Education majors.

General education required courses are counted toward the unit requirement for the appropriate category. In each category, the student must complete at least 18 units and may count no more than 24 units toward the 84-unit requirement. At least 24 units of the 84 units must be at the upper division level. A maximum of 12 units of Bible and 6 units of music performance coursework may be counted in the Humanities/Fine Arts section of the major.

Other Required Courses:

  • ED101 Introduction to Teaching & Learning◊ (3)

  • ED202 Curriculum Instruction & Learning Theory◊ (3)

  • ED301 Cultural & Linguistic Diversity in Teaching◊ (3)

  • ED410 Technology Uses in Education* (3)

  • KPE415 Elementary P.E. Components & Techniques (2)

  • ED402 LS Senior Capstone Seminar (3)

◊ Prerequisite for TMU’s Teaching Credential Program, in lieu of ED400 Foundations of Education.

* Prerequisite for TMU’s Teaching Credential Program.

A total of 122 units must be earned for the B.A. degree, of which 40 must be upper division.

Minor in Education

The department offers an 18-unit Education Minor, open to students in other majors. The following courses are required.

  • ED101 Introduction to Teaching & Learning◊ (3)

  • ED202 Curriculum Instruction & Learning Theory◊ (3)

  • ED301 Cultural & Linguistic Diversity in Teaching◊ (3)

  • ED400 Foundations of Education (3)

  • ED410 Technology Uses in Education* (3)

  • ESL351 Language Acquisition (3)

◊ Prerequisite for TMU’s Teaching Credential Program, in lieu of ED400 Foundations of Education.

* Prerequisite for TMU’s Teaching Credential Program.

Minimum Grade for Courses in Major

The University policies for minimum course grades apply. Note: TMU’s Teaching Credential Program has minimum course grade requirements for courses with an ED prefix and a minimum grade point average requirement. See the Admissions portion of the Teaching Credential Program section in the catalog here.

Degree Checklists

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies - General

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies - Teacher Education


  • Israel Bible Extension (IBEX): TMU is the only campus to offer an entire semester abroad in Israel. Through the Israel Bible Extension program (IBEX) a student can spend a semester studying the Bible in the land it occurred and earn 15-18 units. Learn more about IBEX.

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Program Credits

General Education: 40
Bible: 21
Major Core Courses: 18-24

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