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Pre-Credential Option - Liberal Studies Program


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About the Pre-Credential Option at CSUN

The Pre-Credential Option is an undergraduate major that focuses broadly on the liberal arts and specifically on the curriculum areas required for teaching in elementary classrooms (Grades K-6). The major includes coursework from disciplines in eight subject matter areas: language arts, mathematics, science, history/social sciences, visual and performing arts, health, physical education, and human development.

Students complete a concentration, or depth of study requirement, selected from a group of approved concentrations.

Course content in the Pre-Credential Option is aligned to the California Student Academic Content Standards and State Curriculum Frameworks for Grades K-8, so that students in the Pre-Credential Option will be able to teach this content in elementary and special education classrooms.

The Pre-Credential Option also includes three professional education classes: social/philosophical foundations of education as applied to urban schools, psychological foundations of teaching and learning, and inclusive education.

The Pre-Credential Option provides a B.A. degree in Liberal Studies. It is also the pathway through which students move into the ITEP-Junior Option during their junior year.

Students can complete this option to earn a B.A. degree only and then apply to a post-baccalaureate credential program.


During the junior year, students can move from the Pre-Credential Option into the ITEP- Junior Option and earn a B.A. degree and teaching credential simultaneously. For information click on the ITEP- Junior Option page.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree Pre-Credential Option

  • Total units in major: 105 units for Plan H; 107 units for Plan K
  • General Education: Included in the Liberal Studies major
  • Title 5: Included in the Liberal Studies major
  • Passage of the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam
  • Additional elective units: 15 units for Plan H,; 13 units for Plan K
  • Total units for the B.A. degree: 120 units

Students are encouraged to view or print out a copy of the Pre-Credential Advisement Form that lists the major course requirements and the Pre-Credential Concentration List. Also available is a sample course sequence Pre-Credential Option Grid that can help "map out" a plan to graduation and Pre-Credential Option Community College Transfer Charts that list acceptable transfer courses that satisfy major requirements.

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