Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Degree from Azusa Pacific University is designed to help prospective elementary school and special education teachers complete their Bachelor's Degree while still working. Participants should gain an understanding of valuable subject matter that is essential to a successful teaching career. The program is able to suit the needs of teachers going into a variety of subjects, including literature, history, and mathematics.

This program aims to meet the scheduling and learning needs of adult learners. The flexible nature of the program is ideal for those with busy lives that need to balance work, school, and personal responsibilities. Coursework in the program may prepare candidates for subject matter present on the California Subject Examination for Teachers.

The coursework in this program gives a background in the liberal arts and sciences from a viewpoint grounded in human behavior, social issues, and Christian perspective. The courses are taken in a cohort format, allowing students to move forward through the program with the same group of 18-24 peers. These students are a sort of support system, providing an environment for feedback and discussion. This BA degree may be earned in as little as 19 months.

It is the goal of this program to produce graduates that are able to create their own philosophy of education based on their personal understanding of ethical and worldview theories. Graduates should also have the capability to analyze problems and create corresponding solutions, integrate multicultural perspectives into their teaching and study, and understand their own individual strengths and teaching style.

In order to complete this program, students must earn 48 credits at APU, including the development of an academic portfolio. Of this total, 36 credits come from a set of core classes and 12 come from an English concentration, which focuses on language principles, written composition, and children's literature.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

    Azusa Pacific University (APU) is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). APU's School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)


    Applicants must have 60 units or more of transferable credit and a minimum 2.0 GPA in all transferred courses.

    School Overview

    University College of Azusa Pacific University supports a wide range of distance education programs, including master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees, and post-graduate certificates. University College (also known as Azusa Pacific University College) is a result to the merger of Azusa Pacific Online University and the School of Adult and Professional Studies. University College is a four-year, primarily associate’s, private not-for-profit school, with its main location in Glendora, California. Azusa Pacific University approved the formation of this independent institution with an intended goal of providing more flexible learning options for nontraditional students, including online and evening class sessions. Following the Christian-centered principles of Azusa Pacific University, University College’s purpose statement is: “We create for people a new hope for the future by investing in lives through learning pathways that are Christ-centered, flexible, and accessible.”

    Azusa Pacific University, the parent school of University College, is a four-year, private Christian-based higher educational institution, located in the San Gabriel Valley community of Azusa, California. The institution first opened in 1899, as the Training School for Christian Workers. The school has continued to grow and now operates as one of the largest Christian universities within the United States. Azusa Pacific University supports over 100 associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs.

    University College follows a trimester calendar with year-round classes that offer accelerated programming. Each traditional 16-week semester is divided into two 8-week sessions allowing for greater flexibility. Online coursework is asynchronous and hosted on the Moodle learning management platform.


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