If you are planning on being an Elementary School Teacher or a Special Education Teacher, this is the emphasis for you! The Teaching and Learning Emphasis is designed to provide the required multiple-subject content preparation for students to be admitted to the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential for teaching kindergarten through 8th grade. The Teaching and Learning Emphasis requirements include all of the subject-matter content specified by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing (CTC). In order to be admitted to the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program, students must establish multiple-subject content proficiency by passing the Multiple Subject CSET examination as well as the CBEST examination. More specific details about Liberal Studies Teaching & Learning Emphasis can be found in the current CI Catalog.

If you are planning on being a Junior High/Middle School Teacher,  you can choose from two pathways. First choice is that you can seek a Bachelor’s Degree in the subject area you interested in teaching rather and complete a Single Subject Teaching Credential program. Second choice is to complete the Liberal Studies major and a few extra courses that will qualify you for an Authorization to teach specific subjects added to your Multiple Subject Credential.

If you are planning on being a High School Teacher,  you are advised to seek a Bachelor’s Degree in the subject area you interested in teaching rather than pursue a Liberal Studies major. Students who are interested in teaching secondary school (grades 8-12) will need to obtain a Single-Subject Credential in the area in which they intend to teach. Single-Subject Teaching Credentials in English, Math, History, and Science are currently offered at CI. In order to be admitted to a Single-Subject Credential program, students must document single-subject content preparation by either obtaining a bachelor's degree from a program that has been approved for a CTC subject matter waiver or by passing the single-subject area test (CSET).

Teaching & Learning Concentrations

Suggested 4-Year Roadmap

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Analyze oral or written communication for accuracy of content, logic of argument, and clarity of reasoning;
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in computer literacy, information literacy, and technological literacy;
  3. Analyze socio-cultural issues including race, class, ethnicity, gender, and language and discuss societal issues that may arise;
  4. Demonstrate content area knowledge related to the CTC content standards for the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.