Emphasis and Subject Matter Authorizations
The purpose of selecting an emphasis within Liberal Studies is to "develop a strong understanding of the conceptual foundations of the subject as well as an understanding of how knowledge is created and organized in the subject."
Please note: You are required to select an emphasis for your degree. The courses listed are suggestions. Students will need to select 16 units for their emphasis, eight of which need to be upper division 300-400 level. Please check catalog for prerequisites before registering for any course.
Liberal Studies Emphasis Areas:
- Child Development
- Performing Arts
- Physical Sciences
- History/Social Sciences
- Teaching English as a Second Language
What is the ISMA and what does it allow you to do?
An Introductory Subject Matter Authorization (ISMA) may be added to a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. An ISMA authorizes the holder to teach the subject matter content typically included in grades 9 and below.
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