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Liberal Studies - Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) Freshman, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
, CA,
Students interested in careers as elementary or special education teachers should select one of the Liberal Studies Teacher Preparation Option programs. The Liberal Studies - Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) Freshman program is offered at California State University Northridge.


All provide a B.A. degree in Liberal Studies, including preparation in the “multiple subjects” taught in self-contained classroom settings. Students in the Teacher Preparation Option take courses in the language arts, natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, visual and performing arts, human development, physical education and health. By the end of the degree program, students have a foundation of basic knowledge in all of these areas. Students pursuing the Teacher Preparation Option are not required to meet the University General Education and Title 5 requirements. By completing the Liberal Studies major, students are considered to have fulfilled those requirements.

The Liberal Studies - Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) Freshman program is offered at California State University Northridge.

The ITEP-Freshman Option is a program for entering freshmen who are ready for college-level courses in mathematics and writing. It is designed for freshmen who are certain about their career choice when they begin college. ITEP-Freshman Option students remain with their entering cohort throughout their four years, including at least one summer, taking some courses exclusively designed for them. ITEP-Freshmen students take approximately 16 units per semester. The program includes field experience in elementary classrooms every semester guided by education faculty, as well as the opportunity for participation in a close-knit learning community throughout their college experience.

Students will:

  • Acquire a breadth of knowledge across the range of disciplines included in the major and will pursue greater depth in their area of specialization.
  • Explore how knowledge across multiple disciplines can be connected.
  • Develop the ability to formulate their own goals for continued learning and inquiry based on a foundation of intellectual curiosity.
  • Understand and appreciate the positive value and essential role of diversity.
  • Be able to think critically and creatively.
  • Be able to write and speak clearly, coherently and thoughtfully.
  • Be able to read, understand and evaluate all forms of text.
  • Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Credits
      134 alternative credits
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    • Survey of Central American Literature 
    • Survey of Mexican Literature in Translation 
    • Introduction to Literature 
    • Major English Writers I 
    • Major English Writers II 
    • Major American Writers 

    English Language Requirements

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    Academic Requirements

    General Requirements

    • Complete the “International Online Application” at Cal State Apply. 
    • A $55.00 (US currency) non-refundable processing fee.
    • Affidavit of Financial Support (.pdf) and bank statement. 
    • All OFFICIAL secondary-school records.
    • Official English translations of all academic records including certificates, degrees or diplomas. 
    • Applicants who have studied in the U.S. are also required to have the U.S. institution(s) send official transcript(s) directly to CSUN.
    • Submit a copy of your passport information page with your documents.
    • Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other acceptable test (see table below). Scores must be sent directly to CSUN from the testing agency.

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    Tuition Fee

    • International

      6888 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 6888 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      6888 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 6888 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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    • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
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