Become a teacher and gain a multidisciplinary foundation by earning your bachelor‚'s in liberal studies from the University of the Pacific. You'll be able to teach in elementary and secondary schools in California with a BA in liberal arts and a teaching credential.

In order to teach in elementary schools in California, you'll need to earn a Bachelor's degree along with a teaching credential. The good news is not only that you can do both at Pacific, but that we will prepare you to take on all the challenges that come with the exciting profession of teaching.

Our goal is to prepare teachers who make a difference in our education system and in students' lives. When you study liberal arts you gain a solid multidisciplinary foundation in core areas of study for educators.

What Sets This Degree Apart

The Bachelor's in Liberal Studies offers a four-year plan that blends courses for your major with those for an elementary and/or special education credential. Our teaching program focuses on subject matters such as natural sciences, the arts, social sciences, and the humanities.

If you're an undergraduate who's interested in teaching in middle school or high school, you'll be able to earn a teaching credential while pursuing your bachelor's degree in whichever field you choose. You'll be assisted by an advisor in your major to ensure that you're on track to earn your bachelor's degree and teaching credential as an undergraduate.

How Our Program Benefits You

By earning your bachelor's in liberal studies, you'll:

  • Gain hands-on experience so you can feel certain that you truly are interested in a teaching career.
  • Operate in a variety of settings and populations in our student teaching and intern programs due to the excellent working relationships we've developed with various school districts.
  • Feel supported by our faculty and staff while acquiring a superior personal experience that's unmatched by any other university.
  • Get the opportunity for desirable job placements even before graduation due to the rich, interactive experience in which you'll take part.

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 BA 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.

Distinctions

  • 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.

To teach in California elementary schools, you need at least a bachelor's degree and a teaching credential. With our program, you will graduate with a liberal arts degree and a multiple subject credential. Most programs in the state, automatically, require a fifth year of study to become a teacher. Benerd's unique programs provide you with a pathway to earn your bachelor's degree and credentialing in just four years. More importantly, we make sure that you are ready to take on all the opportunities and challenges that come with the exciting profession of an elementary education teacher.

To teach in California's high schools, you must possess both a bachelor's degree and a teaching credential. Our single subject - secondary education program meets the state's requirements. This versatile program can be completed during your undergraduate program in a 4 year timeline.

DEGREE OPTIONS
Our program is the perfect place to move beyond the fundamentals of a subject and develop your skills as a teacher. Pacific's Single Subject Credential program offers the Single Subject Preliminary Teaching credential in the following subjects:

  • Art
  • English 
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • History and Social Science
  • Spanish
  • Science

As a Special Education teacher, you help move beyond the "disabled" label and grow to meet their true potential. Special Education requires creativity, patience, tolerance and flexibility. You will, after all, work with students who possess a wide range of needs and abilities. The reward, however, are unrivaled: every day you spend working with a young person will be a day spent improving their lives.

Contact Us

Student teacher teaching high school class
Benerd College
209.946.2683

3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95211