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Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies Degree


Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies Degree

Bachelor's degree

4 years, 1 month

Approximate Program Length


Total Credits


Cost per Credit



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Register by: May 10, 2023

Broaden your horizons through liberal studies and pursue a future in teaching. Our Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies is designed to prepare students with no prior teaching experience for a multiple subject teaching credential in California.

Field experiences are integrated throughout the program, finishing with a student teaching requirement that’s above and beyond program coursework. And, you’ll work with dedicated education staff who will help you through state licensures and other credential processes.

  • Classroom Management

  • Lesson Planning

  • Child Development

  • Diverse Student Populations

  • Teaching

  • Professionalism

  • Leadership

  • Learning Strategies

  • Innovation

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Course at a time

3 to 5

Weeks per course


Courses per year

COE Central

College of Education students will find many helpful resources on COE Central. Program handbooks provide a wealth of information on topics such as professional expectations, clinical experiences, clinical practice, internships, edTPA and much more. Milestone roadmaps, technology and multimedia resources, and various toolkits are also available.


Your academic counselor will help you schedule your classes.

Plus, you’ll find support from our dedicated education program specialists who work with you 1:1 during your 100 required hours of clinical experience (or more if required by your state) and a minimum of 12 weeks of clinical practice (or more if required by your state). Our education program specialists also help you navigate your state licensure requirements for teacher certification, and can help with questions along the way.

What you'll learn

When you earn your BS in Liberal Studies, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. 

You'll learn how to:

  • Design and implement effective instruction in the elementary classroom to produce a positive impact on student learning.
  • Evaluate effective professional practice in elementary education.
  • Apply professional ethics to their instructional practices in elementary education.
  • Evaluate learning principles to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of diverse elementary student populations.
  • Create innovative strategies and incorporate technology in an elementary classroom setting.

Program Purpose Statement

The Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies is an undergraduate degree program intended to prepare students with no prior teaching experience for initial teacher licensure. The program includes a clinical component requiring field experiences and student teaching above and beyond program coursework.

Requirements for licensure vary by state. See your state’s requirements.

There may be additional qualifications and/or disqualifications applicable in order to work as a teacher with any local, state or federal entity.

Careers & Outcomes

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies?

A BS/LS can prepare you to be:

  • Elementary education teacher


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to be as fast as average between 2021 and 2031.

BLS projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.

Career Services for Life®

Get career coaching, resumé building and interview prep, for life. While outside career advising can cost over $200 an hour, at University of Phoenix it’s built right into your degree at no added cost.

You don’t have to go it alone.

You’ll have a team of advisors invested in your success from day one — dedicated to helping you build your confidence and a personalized career plan you can stick with.

Tools and resources available 24/7/365

We're a university built for the busy. Build your resumé, prepare for an interview and plan your career — whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Networking & mentorship

Through virtual job fairs and networking with the alumni community, we've made it easy to tap into the experience and connections of your peers and colleagues at the University.

You'll have a team of advisors at University of Phoenix



Paying for school

Tuition Guarantee

Affordable, Fixed Tuition


Cost per credit

Lock in the peace of mind that comes with fixed, affordable tuition. You’ll enjoy one flat rate from the moment you enroll until the day you graduate from your program. That’s your Tuition Guarantee.

Save time and money on your degree

Credit transfer made easy

Earn your degree faster, and for less, with eligible transfer credits.

Enrollment representatives are ready to help

Need some help?

Our enrollment representatives provide personal support while you make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 7 days a week.

Student Experience

Student Experience

An education that fits your busy life

Balancing family, work and school

Work toward your degree without giving up what matters most. Start your degree year-round and take one class at a time.

Online learning

Enroll in online classes and attend class whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Around-the-clock support and resources

You have a support team available up to 20 hours a day, 5 days a week. And our academic counselors, who are with you every step of the way, have earned a 5-star rating from 90% of our surveyed students.[1]

[1] Transactional Survey, August 2021-22 (18,645 respondents)

Phoenix provides support and resources for busy students

Accreditation & Faculty

Accreditation & Faculty

Count on the quality of your education

Institutional Accreditation

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

real-world faculty


Average years of industry experience




Of surveyed students would recommend their instructors

Donna Lange

Faculty Spotlight

From the very beginning, I always try to make students feel comfortable and connect with them.

Donna Lange
Faculty of the Year 2020, College of Education


Frequently asked questions about the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies degree

Liberal studies typically include a diverse selection of course offerings. This program aligns with the California multiple-subject teaching credential and helps you prepare for it.

The University of Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies degree is specifically designed to align with the California multiple subject teaching credential. 

This degree is intended to prepare California residents for initial teacher licensure in California. Successful completion of the degree, in addition to meeting California state requirements, will be needed to apply for a California teaching license. See your state’s requirements

University of Phoenix provides a great wealth of resources to support students seeking teaching credentials. In addition to the resources found on CEO Central, you will have access to a program support specialist to help you navigate the credentialing process. The University also has close relationships with hundreds of California schools for field work and student teaching placements.

*While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.