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Liberal Studies (Elementary Education), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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What is Liberal Studies (Elementary Education)?

The Liberal Studies (Elementary Education) program of Loyola Marymount University enables students to earn a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies together with a California preliminary multiple subjects teaching credential within four years. The Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts (BCLA) works closely with LMU’s School of Education to offer students a program that meets both LMU degree requirements and the credential requirements established by the state of California, while promoting the LMU mission of the encouragement of learning, the education of men and women for and with others, the service of faith, and the promotion of justice. The program is approved by and meets all the standards of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

What do Liberal Studies (Elementary Education) majors do?

Majors learn to synthesize subject content in the liberal arts, apply professional content to classroom teaching, and review and analyze educational policies. They learn to apply reading, writing, and research skills, develop pedagogical skills, analyze academic theories, and apply theory to practice. Students also learn to understand and reflect on the complex, rich, and diverse needs of students. Liberal Studies majors develop dispositions for sustained success in teaching and learning across diverse contexts. 

Is this major right for you?

You might be a Liberal Studies (Elementary Education) major if you:

  • Want to be an elementary grades educator
  • Are passionate about helping children to learn
  • Want to play a vital role in shaping society
  • Have diverse intellectual interests 

About our Faculty & Staff

Liberal Studies students take courses across various disciplines and colleges within the university including Education, Math, Science, English, History, Psychology and the Arts. All courses are taught by accomplished faculty who are experts in their fields. Students are encouraged, when planning their program of study, to meet with their Liberal Studies advisor for assistance and expert advice regarding completing the Liberal Studies program requirements.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Music & Dance: Multiple Ways of Knowing and Showing
  • World Geography
  • Children's Literature
  • Art in the Elementary Classroom
  • World Civilizations
  • U.S. History

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Common Application and LMU Supplement
  • International students are not required to submit the SAT or ACT to complete their application to LMU
  • Provide Proof of English Proficiency
  • Submit Transcripts
  • Submit a letter of recommendation with your application

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52553 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52553 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52553 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52553 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Los Angeles

  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
    Living Costs

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