Liberal Studies

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Tips for Liberal Studies Transfers to SFSU


  1. Complete your lower division General Education by following the California State University transfer guidelines in your college Catalog.

    For information about whether specific courses transfer to SF State from a California community college, visit:

  2. Complete at least 2 semesters of college level composition (ENG 114 and 214 at SF State).

  3. Complete all US, Constitution, and American Ideals requirements as outlined in your college Catalog (future teachers must receive a grade of C or above).

  4. Note: Although not required as part of SF State's Liberal Studies program, some credential programs require some sort of second language competency.

    Check with the credential program you plan to attend for specific admission requirements. For information SF State's credential program admission requirements, please go to SF State's Credential Services Teacher Preparation Center::

  5. Complete the subject matter preparation for elementary teaching.

    Transfer students are advised to take courses that cover as many of the following areas if offered at your institution. The following courses are strongly recommended for future elementary school teachers as they introduce you to the subject matter required of teachers in California:

    a) Reading, Language, and Literature

    1. Language and Linguistics, including language structure and linguistics; and language development and acquisition
    2. Children's literature

    b) History and Social Science

    1. World History , including Ancient Civilizations and Medieval and Early Modern Times
    2. United States History though reconstruction , including Early Exploration, Colonial Era, and the War for Independence; The Development of the Constitution and the Early Republic; Civil War and Reconstruction; and The Rise of Industrial America.
    3. California History , including The Pre-Columbian Period through the Gold Rush; and Economic, Political, and Cultural Development Since the 1850's.
    4. Geography , including interpreting timelines, tables, graphs, maps and charts; locating places based on ordinal directions, latitude and longitude, the equator, prime meridian, the tropics, the hemispheres, time zones and the international dateline; identifying and interpreting major geographical features of the earth's surface including continents and other large landmasses, mountain ranges, forested areas, grasslands, deserts and major bodies of water and rivers; and describing the cultural, historical, economic and political characteristics of world regions, including human features of the regions such as population, land use patterns and settlement patterns.

    c) Mathematics (two courses minimum, including CAN MATH 4/_SF State MATH 165 equivalent)

    1. Number Sense, including Numbers, Relationships Among Numbers, and Number Systems, and Computational Tools, Procedures, and Strategies
    2. Algebra and Functions, including Patterns and Functional Relationships; and Linear and Quadratic Equations and Inequalities
    3. Measurement and Geometry, including Two- and Three-dimensional Geometric Objects; Representational Systems, Including Concrete Models, Drawings, and Coordinate Geometry; and Techniques, Tools, and Formulas for Determining Measurements
    4. Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability, including Collection, Organization, and Representation of Data; Inferences, Predictions, and Arguments Based on Data; and Basic Notions of Chance and Probability

    d) Science

    1. Physical Science, including Structure and Properties of Matter, and Principles of Motion and Energy = physics and chemistry concepts
    2. Life Science, including Structure of Living Organisms and Their Function (Physiology and Cell Biology); Living and Nonliving Components in Environments (Ecology), and Life Cycle, Reproduction, and Evolution (Genetics and Evolution) = human and/or plant biology
    3. Earth and Space Science , including astronomy, geology, meteorology, and oceanography

    e) Visual and Performing Arts (Dance, Music, Thatre, and Visual Art)

    1. Artistic Perception - processing sensory information
    2. Creative Expression - producing works in the arts
    3. Historical and Cultural Context - the time and place of creation of works of art
    4. Aesthetic Valuing - pursuing meaning in the arts
    5. Connections, Relationships, Applications

    f) Elementary School Physical Education

    1. Movement Skills and Movement Knowledge, including Basic Movement Skills; Exercise Physiology/Health and Physical Fitness, Movement Forms/activities
    2. Self-Image and Personal Development, including Physical Growth and Development and Self-Image
    3. Social Development, including Social Aspects of Physical Education and Cultural and Historical Aspects of Movement Forms

    g) Human Development from Birth Through Adolescence

    1. Cognitive Development
    2. Social and Physical Development
    3. Influences on Development

    h) Health,

    including the common causes of and interrelations between morbidity and mortality among children, youth and adults; connections between health and learning; and scientifically-based principles of health promotion and disease prevention.

    i) Field Experience :

    this experience must be a minimum of 45 clock hours and must include at least 30 hours of classroom observation and participation with well-qualified and experienced credentialed teachers who have been approved by SF State's College of Education. Consult the Credential Services Teacher Preparation Center for more information ( ).


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