Liberal Studies, BS

Overview

The Department of Education at San Diego Christian College (SDC) seeks to nurture and develop students to become exceptional educators that strive to impact the world for Christ through teaching and serving the next generation.

“SDC graduates desire to make an impact, and this is true of those who graduate from the Department of Education. Our students are connected to “real-life” teachers in the classroom and through experience. These professionals are experts who connect theory and best practices for SDC students. This develops our future teachers with a variety of experiences that recognizes the power of the classroom to transform lives. We at SDC are excited to have you join us, as we seek to prepare you for your passion of teaching and learning.” —Dr. Lorri Ague, Acting Chair Education Department

Benefits

The overriding goal of the department is to cultivate and develop highly qualified Christian teachers who have an appropriate subject-matter foundation, upon which has been built an understanding of student behavior, competence in teaching abilities, the ability to develop and encourage critical judgment and creativity, and a commitment to high ethical standards and Christian service.

We accomplish this by working to impart a solid basis for teaching grounded in current theory and research while providing opportunities for students to practice their teaching skills in real-life settings.

Those pursuing a liberal studies major (education major) can complete the coursework for the bachelor’s degree and Teacher Credential Program in a total of four and a half years. The liberal studies major (education major) is tailored for those who intend to pursue a multiple-subject credential (K-8 setting).

A wide range of disciplines help to build the content knowledge necessary for passing the California Subject Examinations for Teachers® (CSET®) required for credentialing by the state of California. This program also builds the knowledge base necessary for teaching the Common Core State Standards for K-8.

Program Details

Liberal Studies Major (Education Major) Course Catalog

Single Subject (Secondary Education Credential Fields) Course Catalog

  • Social Science (History)
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Art
  • Music
  • Math
  • Science
  • Physical Education

TESOL Certificate

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate provides individuals with specialized training to teach English in several ESL settings. Current undergraduates in any major may pursue this certificate program. The TESOL certificate will be awarded when a bachelor’s degree has been completed.

Teacher Credential Program

The post-graduate, state approved Teacher Credential Program at SDC offers an SB 2042 California Preliminary Credential for Multiple Subjects (elementary) or Single Subjects (secondary). Our high-quality program offers small classes, individual attention, and dedicated Christian professors who are current practitioner in the various public schools around the Santee and San Diego area.

Knowing this, the liberal studies program is designed to fit directly into the Teacher Credential Program, with undergraduates completing coursework for the credential program in the last semester of their senior year. Students then return to complete the student teaching and remaining coursework required for the credential program upon graduation.

Students who intend to teach in the high school setting are encouraged to major in the subject they plan to teach supplemented by liberal studies coursework that fulfills the prerequisites for teacher credentialing.

Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching has been designed to move those who have become reflective practitioners through obtaining a teaching credential to becoming reflective scholars. Our program includes research, reflection, and practical application to one’s school setting.

Faculty

Lorri Ague, Ed.D.
Acting Chair Education Department
Dean of Adult Professional Studies

  • B.S., Tennessee Temple University
  • M.S., Tennessee Temple University
  • Ed.D., Saint Mary’s University

“Being a liberal studies graduate from SDC has given me the opportunity to learn from professors who spent the majority of their lives devoted to careers in the education field. Through a variety of classes, I learned how the education system works, what it means to be an effective teacher, how to manage a classroom, and how to incorporate God’s love into my teaching methods.” -Kelsey, 2008

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