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B.A. in Liberal Studies, Elementary Education

School of Education


Teachers make a tremendous impact in the lives of their students. That’s why as a liberal studies, elementary education major, you’ll be equipped with the academic foundation and practical techniques you need to be an effective elementary school teacher. You can also earn your teaching credential either during your senior year or in a master’s program in teaching, available at Biola University’s School of Education.


  • Biology

    The biology concentration requires students to take 12 credits of elective coursework in biological science, with studies ranging from nutrition to ecology to vertebrate biology.

  • Early Childhood

    The early childhood concentration requires 12 credits of coursework in early childhood curriculum, child development, classroom management and assessment of young children. Note: Early childhood courses are subject to change.

  • English

    The English concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in grammar, composition, creative writing and literature.

  • Human Development

    The human development concentration requires 12 credits of elective psychology courses in such areas as sexuality, marriage, religion and cross-cultural issues.

  • Intercultural Studies

    The intercultural studies concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in such areas as intercultural communication, anthropology and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).

  • Mathematics

    The mathematics concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in such areas as calculus, linear algebra, probability, statistics and number theory.

  • Physical Education

    The physical education concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in such areas as kinesiology, sports management, psychology in physical education, and coaching techniques.

  • Spanish

    The Spanish concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in Spanish conversation and composition, Spanish literature and Spanish American culture.

  • Special Education

    The special education concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in such topics as teaching students with mild disabilities, introduction to autism spectrum disorders and classroom management for students with special needs.

  • U.S. History

    The U.S. history concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in American government and history from the colonial period to the present day.

  • Visual Arts

    The visual arts concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in such artistic disciplines as drawing, design, sculpture, ceramics, painting and photography.

Why Choose Education at Biola?

In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and biblical integration, Biola’s liberal studies, elementary education, program offers several key advantages:

  • While earning your degree, you can simultaneously earn a multiple subject teaching credential with the help of Biola’s Teacher Preparation Program.
  • Students interested in serving in early childhood settings are able to earn child development permits by completing state-approved coursework within the major.
  • Biola’s Teacher Preparation Program is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). The program is also accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
  • Biola’s strong relationships with local schools in Southern California — one of the world’s largest and most diverse metropolitan areas — is ideal for getting teaching experience.
  • Students interested in serving those with special needs are able to earn their special education certificate by completing state-approved coursework within the major.
  • Students may meet half of their student teaching requirements by teaching overseas.
  • Biola was recently ranked fourth overall on Niche's list of "Best Colleges for Education in California," based on student reviews and data from the U.S. Department of Education.

What Will I Study?

Whether you have an interest in a teaching credential or a broad liberal arts education, the Christ-centered liberal studies, elementary education major prepares you to teach a broad range of subjects in PreK-12. Coursework focuses on methods of instruction that promote human development and learning. Highlights include:

  • Participation in field experience in culturally diverse communities
  • Application of math and science teaching strategies
  • Investigation of theories and concepts of cognitive development
  • Application of instructional practices for English language development
  • Integration of cross-cultural literature for children
  • Identification of special learning needs as well as skills to meet them
  • Participation in field and observation work
  • Acquisition of knowledge and teaching strategies in all subject areas taught in elementary classrooms

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Elizabeth Guettner

I really love the aspect of fieldwork hours in the elementary education major. During these hours you get to observe a classroom and see all of the things you have learned about put into action.

Elizabeth Guettner
Liberal Studies, Elementary Education, B.A. '17
Lauren Ades

My program taught me not only terminology and theories, but the practical application excellent educators need.

Lauren Ades
Liberal Studies, Elementary Education, B.A. '17
4.5 years
Standard Duration
This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary by student depending on background and courseload.
Total Program Credits
Total program credits include a combination of major/concentration, Bible/theology and general education credits.
Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.

Career Paths

With proper credentials and permits, many career opportunities in education and child development, business and government await future graduates of Biola's liberal studies elementary education program. As a well-equipped professional, you can expect to impact the world for Jesus Christ in rewarding professions such as:

  • Elementary school teacher
  • Middle school principal
  • Corporate training manager
  • Preschool education director
  • Educational research analyst
  • Curriculum writer
  • Government education specialist
  • Instructional materials sales representative
  • Guidance counselor

What are Graduates Doing Now?

Many graduates of Biola’s School of Education have pursued graduate studies, while others move directly into rewarding careers. Professional highlights include:

  • Presidential award for Excellence in Math and Science honoree
  • Numerous Superintendent/Principal of the Year honorees
  • Numerous Teacher of the Year honorees
  • County and state government leaders
  • Technical writers
  • District administrators
  • University professors
  • Editors
  • Curriculum writers and researchers
  • Graduate studies at distinguished schools such as: Claremont Graduate University; University of Southern California; California State University, Fullerton; Biola University; California State University, Long Beach; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Minnesota; University of Kentucky; University of Oklahoma; University of North Texas; University of Iowa; Liberty University; Azusa Pacific University; Talbot School of Theology; and Wheaton College

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