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Liberal Studies
SDSU Liberal Studies

Education Generalist Emphasis

On this page: Learn about the Education Generalist Emphasis with a focus in Literacy, Mathematics, or Science.

The Education Generalist Emphasis is preparation for teaching in elementary school. Students choose a focus in Literacy, Mathematics, or Science. (See The Focus below for more information about the focus.) Unlike the elementary education emphasis, no option is required.

Transfer Students Only

The Education Generalist Emphasis is open only to transfer students who have completed the California Community College Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education (AA-T) degree and completed the Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) for liberal studies/ integrated teacher education.


The statewide TMC in liberal studies includes courses equivalent to the lower-division core completed by students in the Elementary Education, Mathematics emphasis, and Science emphasis with the following distinctions:

  • Courses equivalent to Music 151 and Theatre 100 are additional choices for the II.C.2. Visual and Performing Arts requirement and
  • A fourth General Education Humanities philosophy, religious studies, or foreign language course is not required.

The focus for the Education-Generalist emphasis does not include a breadth requirement for Chemistry 308 or Natural Science 100 because this requirement is part of the TMC.

Community College Electives

Students intending to transfer to liberal studies from local community colleges are strongly encouraged to use electives to complete courses equivalent to:

  • Exercise and Nutritional Sciences 241A and 241B
  • Mathematics 211 and Mathematics Education 212
  • Music 102

By doing so, they will have elective units available if they wish to pursue a career option that requires additional coursework or prerequisites. Transfer students should not take focus or option courses prior to matriculating at San Diego State University.

Writing Proficiency Requirement 

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement. Students must have fulfilled the Writing Proficiency Assessment with a score of 8 or above or with a grade of C (2.0) or better in Rhetoric and Writing Studies 280 or 281 [or Linguistics 281] before taking English 306W and earn a grade of C (2.0) or better.

Upper Division Core Courses (34.5-35 units)

Liberal Studies

  • Liberal Studies 300, 498 (0.5 - 1 units)

Mathematics and Science

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Linguistics 420


  • English 306A, 306W
  • History 411, 413
  • and 6 units selected from Art 387, Education 451, Music 343

The Focus 

All students in the education generalist emphasis must complete a focus in literacy, mathematics, or science. (Note that a minor or second major may not be substituted for a focus.)

Education Generalist Emphasis: Literacy Focus

Education Generalist Emphasis: Math Focus

Education Generalist Emphasis: Science Focus

Advising sheets 

After declaring your major, you will use an Advising Sheet to guide your way through the degree program. Each sheet details all upper-division coursework necessary to complete your emphasis, with suggested course sequence for junior and senior years.

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."

— Albert Einstein

International Experience

All liberal studies majors are required to complete the international experience requirement.


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