Liberal Studies Program


LSLA (Literacy Scholars for the Future of Los Angeles) Applications Now Available! - Scholarship Opportunity! 

Literacy Scholars for the Future of Los Angeles (LSLA) is a 9-unit concentration in early literacy and language acquisition giving teacher candidates classroom and field experience in developing and implementing age-appropriate instructional materials, activities, and lesson plans. Participants also gain direct experience engaging families in high-need districts in shared activities that promote lifelong literacy learning in children. Participation is by application only, with scholarship assistance made possible with generous support from the Mara W. Breech Foundation.

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 (.pdf) • LSLA video • Most Frequently Asked Questions (.pdf).

Attention Liberal Studies majors who applied for Spring/Summer 2017 graduation:

The Liberal Studies/ITEP Program falls under the College of HUMANITIES. YOUR TASSEL COLOR IS DARK BLUE. The Commencement Office is working to get more details about commencement, such as parking and how many invitations each student can distribute. Please continue to check the Commencement website for additional information and updates at

The UDWPE is changing in March 2017.

The UDWPE is changing in March 2017. 

For the past two years, we have piloted a new UDWPE format on a limited basis, and we will permanently transition to that new format beginning with the March, 2017 exam. The scoring guide, sample prompt, and sample student essays are posted - see "Sample Essays and Scoring Guide." The Learning Resource Center will continue to provide workshops and boot camps to help students prepare; space will be limited, so make sure to check the Learning Resource Center website for dates and sign-up instructions. 

  • Scores have been posted for the January exam - please check your portal. You need a score of 8 or higher to pass the WPE. If you did not pass and need help, please see "What if I fail?" 
  • Registration for the March exam is open and will close Friday, February 24th, or sooner if capacity has been met.
  • The Learning Resource Center offers free prep sessions and workshops to help you prepare for the exam. You can find more information at the link, including how to sign up.