General Questions

I want to be an elementary school teacher.  What should I major in?

You should major in Liberal Studies.  The major provides multiple subject matter courses appropriate for teaching at the elementary school level.

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I want to teach in high school.  What should I major in?

You will need to major in one of the approved single subject majors on campus.  We offer several approved single subject programs at CSUDH such as Art, English, Mathematics, Kinesiology, etc.

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What if I am a Liberal Studies major and obtain my Multiple Subject credential and then I change my mind and decide I want to teach high school?

You may be able to take the coursework required for single subject content competency or you may be required to pass the exams for subject matter competency.

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I want to teach middle school.  What should I major in?

Generally speaking, students intending to teach at the middle school level should major in one of the approved single subject degrees.  If you want flexibility or want to teach 6-12th grades, you should study a single subject program.

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I want to teach special education at the high school level.  What should I major in?

Again, you probably want to major in Liberal Studies (in order to teach multiple subjects), but you could also major in a single subject field. The special education credential is now a separate credential and you are required to take a core of methods classes in either multiple or single subject.

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I don't want to teach, but I do want to be a school counselor.  What should I major in?

You should first get credentialed and teach.  Therefore, you can do either a multiple subject or a single subject credential.  If you do multiple subject (Liberal Studies), you might be interested in taking the Human Development option.

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If I graduate with a major in Liberal Studies, does this mean I can teach?

It means you will have earned your degree and completed the appropriate subject matter requirements to help you pass the CSET.  Next, you will need to take TED (Teacher Education) courses and student teaching before obtaining your credential.

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My friend majored in Spanish.  Can s/he become an elementary school teacher?

Yes, s/he can, but only if s/he passes the CSET.  This test covers all the subject matter areas covered in the Liberal Studies degree, so it is very comprehensive (unlike the CBEST test).  It is also an expensive test and if you fail the test, you will need to take the whole test over again (unlike the CBEST where you can pass certain parts).

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