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The Liberal Studies degree is an interdisciplinary program designed for students interested in a career in elementary education. Required courses in the degree to serve to prepare student for transfer to public and private baccalaureate degree-offering colleges and universities. The curriculum included courses selected from Language and Rationality, Natural Sciences, Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Our mission is to assist San Diego Mesa College students to achieve their fullest potential as students, prepare them to transfer to CSU, UC or a private college/university or choice in order to become excellent teachers and leaders in the field of education. The courses in this program emphasize a number of student learning outcomes including critical thinking, communication, civic responsibility, global awareness, self-awareness, and interpersonal skill which form a foundation for effective teaching.
*and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree.
Most careers in teaching at the elementary school level require education beyond the associate degree. Students will need to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete the baccalaureate degree and achieve a credential. This degree program may also prepare students in careers other than elementary education, in that it provides a breadth of knowledge and skills found useful in a variety of career fields.
Students who complete the Liberal Studies Program with an emphasis in Elementary Education Preparation will be able to demonstrate: Global awareness and cultural sensitivity. Interpersonal skills in a diverse setting. Effective communication in teaching and learning environments.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements. Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog.
program learning outcomes
Students who complete the Liberal Studies Program with an emphasis in Elementary Education Preparation will be able to demonstrate:
- Global awareness and cultural sensitivity
- Interpersonal skills in a diverse setting
- Effective communication in teaching and learning environments
- Technological awareness
Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.