BA in Liberal Studies, Multiple Subject Teaching

Whether you're laying the groundwork to earn a teaching credential for elementary education in California, or you simply seek a bachelor's degree with a broad liberal studies foundation, the UMass Global Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies is the perfect choice.

Earn a Broad-Based Bachelor's Degree

A liberal arts bachelor’s degree provides the diverse education that can be applied to myriad career paths. For aspiring teachers, the UMass Global BA in Liberal Studies offers a Multiple Subject Teaching Emphasis that prepares you to enter the post-baccalaureate Multiple Subject Credential Program. For those seeking Education Specialist or Single Subject Credentials, the BA in Liberal Arts program will provide a broad base of diverse and relevant resources and activities.

The Multiple Subject Teaching Emphasis encompasses college instruction in the subjects commonly taught in California elementary schools. These courses are aligned with subject matter requirements for multiple subject credential candidates and the Common Core state standards. 

  • Multiple subject courses include English/language arts, natural sciences, mathematics, visual and performing arts, history and social science, human development, physical education, and health.
  • Online coursework allows you to keep working while earning your BA in Liberal Arts. The teaching emphasis will involve some fieldwork to prepare students for their future in the classroom.
Under Assembly Bill (AB) 130, effective July 9, 2021, the B.A. in Liberal Studies program meets the multiple subject competence requirement for the state of California.

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    I felt very comfortable completing my program and never doubted I could because of the supportiveness of the school, teachers, and staff.
    Amber W.
    BA in Liberal Studies, Multiple Subject Teaching
    Compared to a brick and mortar, the professors are more open and I was able to learn better from them. The online community is what kept me going. I think this is the first time in my life that I can say I am proud of myself. 
    Leonard W.
    MA in Special Education, Behavior Analysis

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process and submit required documents. Documents required vary based on the number of transferable credits and include:


    • High school diploma or GED equivalent
    • Official high school transcript indicating the date of graduation


    • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
    • Provide official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
    active military?

    Admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts.


    Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.


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    Program Curriculum

    • Bachelor degrees require students to complete a minimum of 120 semester units which include a combination of General Education requirements and program specific requirements. In the absence of sufficient transfer credit, students may need to take additional general electives to satisfy the 120 total units for the degree which a UMass Global Academic Advisor will help you evaluate.


      Code Course Name Credits
      Basic Skills 12
      ENGU103 Writing Communication I: Writing and Rhetoric 3
      ENGU 104 Written Communication II: Writing About Literature 3
      MATU 103 Applied Mathematics 3
      COMU 101 Public Speaking 1 3
      Quantitative reasoning 3
      Oral communication 3
      Breadth Requirements 24
      Humanities Select from 3 different areas: Communications, English, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Humanities, Liberal Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies 9
      Natural Sciences Select 6 credits 6
      Social Sciences Select from 3 different areas: Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Economics, History, Marketing, Organizational Leadership, Political Science/Legal Studies, Psychology, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology 9
      Liberal Education Foundations 6
      LBSU 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity 3
      LBSU 304 Liberal Arts Core Foundations 3
      Total Credits 42
    • Code Course Name Credits
      Education Foundations


      LBSU 250  Education and Society in the 21st Century


      EDUU 451  Educational Applications of Computers Level I


      LBSU 403  Liberal Studies Multiple Subjects Capstone


      Education Foundations Subtotal


      Subject Matter Courses


      English/Language Arts:


      ENGU 420  Language Development and Acquisition


      ENGU 450  Literature of Children and Young Adults


      Natural Sciences:


      NSCU 302  Life Science


      NSCU 304  Earth and Physical Science




      MATU 206  Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I


      MATU 207  Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II


      Visual & Performing Arts:


      ARTU 450  Creativity and the Visual Arts


      LBSU 310  Music, Movement and Drama: The Human Expression


      History and Social Science:


      HISU 358  United States History and Democracy


      HISU 360  World History and Geography


      HISU 372  California History


      Child Development/Health and PE:


      PSYU 323  Child Development


      EDUU 350  Teaching and Learning


      EDUU 413  Student Health and Safety *


      EDUU 414  Physical Education for Elementary Teachers *


      Subject Matter Courses Subtotal


      Total Credits


      *     Students in the BA Liberal Studies program, regardless of class level, are allowed to enroll in required 500 graduate level courses without Dean approval.

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    A Multiple Subject Teaching Credential is the primary requirement for teaching in California's elementary schools, grades K-6, but may authorize the holder to teach in higher level grades as well. It includes course work to allow teachers to support students who are learning the English language (ESL). Get more info.

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    The Education Specialist Instruction Credential authorizes educators to teach and support students with identified disabilities and provide special education support for students in a particular area of focus such as autism and language development. They can also conduct educational assessments to identify how to best help students progress toward achieving their academic goals. See more specialties

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    Even if a teacher meets a different state’s requirements, they will still need to apply for a new license to teach there. See the specific guidelines and dig deeper into earning your credential with our resource, "The California educator's guide to choosing the right teaching credential."

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