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LS 300 Gateway Experience for Pre-Credential students

Contact Information

Instructional Materials

The reader for this course can be purchased at ASAP, 9250 Reseda St. (Corner of Prairie): 818-700-7999

Important Notices



Class Accommodations

Students with disabilities must register with the Center on Disabilities and complete a services agreement each semester. Staff within the Center will verify the existence of a disability based on the documentation provided and approve accommodations. Students who are approved for testing taking accommodations must provide a proctor form to their faculty member signed by a counselor in the Center on Disabilities prior to making testing arrangements. The Center on Disabilities is located in Bayramian Hall, room 110. Staff can be reached at (818) 677-2684.

  1. Center On Disabilities
  2. National Center On Deafness


More information about the course is posted on WebCT. Students registered for this class will have automatic access to the home page of this course. Please check there for due dates and a detailed description of the course content.

What, where and when?

Course Description

Focusing on the elements required for success in integrating subject matter knowledge from multiple disciplines in preparation for a career in teaching, this course is an introduction to the academic and professional requirements for a Liberal Studies pre-credential major. Students will deepen their understanding of the eight required subject matter areas (language arts, mathematics, science, history/social science, child development, visual and performing arts, health, and physical education), in the context both of their university-based curriculum and of the Academic Content Standards and State Curriculum Frameworks for grades K-8. Research and technology skills required for teachers are introduced and practiced.

LRS 300GW presents an overview of the nature of the subject matter areas represented in Liberal Studies and the connections between academic disciplines and the California Content Standards.  Within this context, students will develop and build on skills and strategies for lifelong learning.


Junior Standing. Course is limited to Liberal Studies Pre-Credential Option and ITEP Junior Option majors.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Learning Objectives

Students will: discover more about their own learning practicesexpand their intellectual curiosityexplore the role(s) of a liberal arts education for informed participation in societylearn skills and strategies for university successlearn strategies for self-reflection and self-examinationunderstand that disciplines have specific ways of constructing knowledgeunderstand the connections between subject matter coursework, the California Content Standards, and disciplinesdevelop their understanding of pedagogical content knowledgeintegrate knowledge across the subject matter areas



Your grade will be determined by your term paper (30%), the midterm and final exam (15% each), presentation (5%), class participation (5%) and discussion postings (30%). The class participation grade will be based on attendance and timely submission of all required materials. Grades for your discussion postings will be assigned throughout the course and can be accessed through WebCT. Do not hesitate to ask for clarification if you are confused about any grade that you may receive during the course.