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Liberal Studies & Teaching


Pearl C. Schaffer School of Education

For Christ & Scripture Since 1927. The School of Education equips and empowers effective educators - developing Christ-like, professional practitioners called to ensure life-changing learning for all students.

Teacher Education Liberal Studies Teaching Credential

See also:

Christian Education Life Sciences Education Athletics Coaching Music Education Classical Liberal Arts

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.


Leading-edge technology and methodology used in the classroom to teach on all trends of education

Seamless transition to Teacher Credential program or M.Ed.

Strong partnerships with local districts that consistently ask for our graduates. They know our students are rigorously trained from the beginning, which means nearly 100% are employed within their first year of graduating.

150 years of classroom experience combined in full-time faculty

Teacher Education minor open to students in other majors

School of Education Conceptual Framework

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 elements of life-changing learning:

Grounded in the Truth which can be discovered by, but is not derived from, our own self

Transformational, resulting in the development of the learner across the cognitive, social-emotional, spiritual, and physical domains.

Individual, though informed by and benefiting from socio-cultural setting

Experiential, and can be engaged in and represented by multiple means.

More details about what we believe the professional practice of education can be found here: Conceptual Framework

Experience it all for yourself


Southern California: a lively, oak-filled canyon campus close to both the mountains and the beach. Endless career opportunities are nearby, and students can join and serve at any number of recommended local churches. Prospective students and their families are invited to class-visits, 1-to-1 advising, and total-campus experiences year-round.

  • Events include Financial Aid workshops

  • View the U includes overnight stay in the dorms hosted by current students

Study & Serve Abroad

Liberal Studies students have the option to study at TMU’s Israel campus, plus a wide range of study locations varying by semester, including GO! and TMU Italy.

Israel Bible Extension (IBEX) GO! Global Outreach TMU Italy

Affordability & Scholarships

We strive to offer students a Christ-centered education within the financial reach of all. We believe in paying less for school, graduating with less debt, and helping students start their careers better prepared for success.

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Be right at home developing meaningful, life-long relationships with like-minded Christians. Students experience a missional, gospel-centered student life both in and out of the classroom. Master’s offers a full range of facilities, resources, services, and discipleship.

A Global Experience 2,500+ TMUS students with around 40% on-campus in undergraduate programs, coming from all around the world and typically including 40 different countries and 40 different states.

A Top-ranked Student Life Rated #2 Nationwide “Most Inspirational” by Wall Street Journal, and “A” Grade by, and ranked #1 “Right Choice” University (Wall Street Journal 2017 & 2018)

A Beautiful Campus 6 residence halls on one of America’s safest ranked campuses, with Santa Clarita consistently ranked one of the nation’s safest cities. Rated Top 10% Nationwide for “Best College Dorms” and “Best College Campuses” (Niche 2020 ranking)

A Community Of Worship 3 chapel services weekly for all faculty, staff, and students. You may already live-stream the service here: Chapel. Additional opportunities for evangelism and community outreach include the ASL Club or The Master’s Chorale

Alumni & Graduate Degrees

Teaching Credential Program: The Master’s University Teaching Credential Programs boast a placement rate of nearly 100% over the last five years, and the need for teachers continues to rise.

Teaching Credential

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.


For students pursuing graduate school, TMU’s 95% graduate school acceptance rate means students are very likely to be accepted to the graduate school of their choice. Students may also continue their studies at TMU&S:

TMU Online MBA Master in Biblical Counseling The Master’s Seminary


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.


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: 15-30 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.

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Program Credits

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

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  • Major Courses keyboard_arrow_down
    Course Number Course Name Units
    ED536 Assessment of Learning 3
    ED570 Colloquium 2
    ED301 Cultural Linguistic Diversity In Teach 3
    ED202 Curriculum Instruction Learning Theory 3
    ED560 Differentiation For Exceptional Learners 3
    ED582 Elementary Student Teaching Second Half 6
    ED580 Elementary Student Teaching 12
    ED332 Expl Disab Special Needs Through Lit 3
    ED400 Foundations Of Education 3
    ED505 History Philosophy Of Education 3
    ED101 Intro To Teaching Learning 3
    ED402 Ls Capstone Seminar 3
    ED500 Practicum 3
    ED420 Principles Of Secondary Education 3
    ED592 Secondary Student Teaching Second Half 6
    ED590 Secondary Student Teaching 12
    ED510 Teach Read Lang Arts In Elem Sch 3
    ED530b Teach Strat For Elem Health 3
    ED520 Teaching Reading In The Secondary School 3
    ED540H Teaching Strat In Secondary World Lang 5
    ED550 Teaching Strategies English Learners 2
    ED530a Teaching Strategies For Elementary Math 2
    ED540C Teaching Strategies In Hist Soc Science 5
    ED540D Teaching Strategies In Secondary English 5
    ED540A Teaching Strategies In Secondary Math 5
    ED540F Teaching Strategies In Secondary Music 5
    ED540G Teaching Strategies In Secondary Phys Ed 5
    ED540B Teaching Strategies In Secondary Science 5
    ED540 Teaching Strategies In The Secondary Sch 6
    ED410 Technology Uses In Education 3
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