Recognizing the influence of well-prepared education professionals in the Church and society, the purpose of the Liberal Studies: Teacher Preparation program is to build not only the broadest possible base of knowledge, but also to strengthen leadership and communication skills and integrate knowledge and skills with Christian faith. The program offers students intellectual and cultural breadth as a strong foundation for becoming effective classroom teachers in public, private, and other educational institutions (preschool-Grade 12). The Liberal Studies: Teacher Preparation program is a 5 semester, 120-unit Bachelor of Arts degree program. Students who complete this course of study can transition to a graduate program to earn a Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Preliminary Single Subject Credential, or Master of Education (M.Ed.) The Liberal Studies: Teacher Preparation degree consists of three main parts: 1) 49 units of general education; 2) 24 units of specified major courses in Education; 3) 36 units of concentration courses in either Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education (which includes 20 units of Free Electives), Secondary Education: English, Secondary Education: Social Science, or a Secondary Education: Customized concentration developed with an advisor.
Transition to a Master’s Degree and California Teaching Credential Hope International University allows junior and senior undergraduate students to enroll in master’s degree program courses. The university allows a maximum of nine (9) graduate units to apply to both a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree. Accordingly, the College of Education strongly encourages juniors and seniors to complete graduate courses and apply them to their undergraduate degree. In this way, students may complete their bachelor’s degree while getting a “head start” on a master’s degree program. To explore the possibility of participating in such “transition courses,” speak with your department chair or academic advisor. Students enrolled in a Hope bachelor’s degree program may complete such “transition courses” at the undergraduate tuition rate.