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Elementary Education Emphasis - Mathematics Focus - Option

On this page: Learn about options within the elementary school education math focus.


Note: The following information applies to Liberal Studies majors entering the program in catalog year 2014 and later. If you began your studies during catalog years 2011-13, find guidance on completing your degree.

Options within the Math Focus

Units per option: 6-8 units each

Option 1: Linguistics

The Linguistics option (6 units required) leads to the TESL certificate. Courses you must take are:

  • LING 550 (3 units) and
  • LING 555 or LING 556 (3 units)

Note that these courses are not offered every semester. Check the Class Schedule to see when they will be available.

Option 2: Bilingual Credential Preparation

The Bilingual Credential Preparation option (7 units required) courses are:

  • DLE 415 (4 units) and
  • SPAN 302 or 381 (for heritage speakers) or 382 (3 units)

Option 3: Special Education Credential Preparation

The Special Education Credential Preparation option (7 units required) courses are:

  • SPED 500 (3 units) and
  • SPED 501 (3 units) and
  • SPED 502 (1 unit)

Option 4: Performing Arts

The Performing Arts option (6 units required) courses are:

  • THEA 310 or 315 (whichever one you did not take for the focus - 3 units) and
  • AFRAS 385 or CCS 310 or MUSIC 345 or MUSIC 351 (3 units)

Option 5: Additional Math for Introductory Subject Matter Authorization (ISMA)

Students with a keen interest in mathematics and the possibility of teaching middle school or even higher level mathematics should consider changing to the Liberal Studies Mathematics Emphasis (aka Middle School extended pathway). Choose Option 5 and complete the the additional math for ISMA (8 units required):

  • Math 150 (3 units)
  • Math 150 (3 units)
  • Math 241 (1 unit)
  • Math 303 (3 units)
  • TE 211A (1 unit)

Consult the Liberal Studies advisor to switch to the Math Emphasis.

Important: You must earn a "C" or better in each course for the ISMA in Math. Math classes taken during study abroad cannot be used for the ISMA.

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