Liberal Studies - Teacher Preparation

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies: Teacher Preparation Degree Program

The purpose of the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies: Teacher Preparation program is to provide students with a broad knowledge base, as well as to strengthen their leadership and communication skills. With teachings embedded in the Christian faith, our students enter society as well-prepared education professionals. Graduates are ready to take teaching jobs in public, private, and other educational institutions. Whether you’re interested in teaching preschool, elementary, middle school, or high school, our Liberal Studies: Teacher Preparation degree will prepare you for a successful career in education.

This 4-year, 122-unit B.A. degree program is a great stepping stone for students who also wish to continue their education and enter a graduate program, such as a Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a Preliminary Single Subject Credential, or a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.). 

What Concentrations are Available as Part of the Liberal Arts: Teacher Preparation Degree?

Students enrolled in the Liberal Arts: Teacher Preparation degree program can take coursework related to a specific concentration, including:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education: English
  • Secondary Education: Social Science
  • Secondary: Math
  • Secondary: Health/Coaching
  • Special Education

We also offer a concentration for students interested in transitioning to a Master of Education degree program.

To learn more about Hope’s B.A. in Liberal Studies: Teacher Preparation program, request more info; one of our admissions staff members will be happy to answer your questions and tell you about the benefits of attending Hope.

Financial aid is available.

Ready to take the next step and submit an application? 

Apply for the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies: Teacher Preparation degree program today!



Career Opportunities

  • Teacher

Real World Opportunities

5 Reasons to Major In Teacher Preparation 

1. Teachers are in High Demand

According to, the state of California is currently in the midst of a teacher shortage, and schools are looking for passionate and equipped individuals to hire. This means that as a graduate of Hope’s B.A. in Liberal Studies: Teacher Preparation degree program, you are prepared to move on to a credential program. Then, you will be able to enter a field that is desperately searching for qualified graduates like you.

2. You Get to Make a Difference

Teaching isn’t just a job — it’s a purpose. There are opportunities each day to build up a child’s self-worth, to help them know they mean something to someone, and to encourage them to dream and give them the tools to move toward those dreams. As a teacher, you will have the opportunity to know that each day you are making a positive impact on a child’s life.

3. Teaching is Far More Than ‘School’

Every day, teachers have the opportunity to do so much more than just repeating a lesson plan to students. Teaching gives one the chance to offer students new ways of looking at the world around them. When you model life skills, morals, wise choices, and compassion, you’re teaching lessons that will lead them through life.

At Hope, our teacher preparation program will strengthen your leadership and communication skills while also integrating knowledge and skills with the Christian faith so that you can teach students in a way that’s meaningful to them. 

4. At HIU, Our Professors Desire to Bring Out the Best Teacher in You

In our B.A. in Liberal Arts: Teacher Preparation program, rarely will your professors spend the class session lecturing. Instead, you’ll participate in interactive discussions and exploration. You’ll also have the opportunity to teach other students and become a regular and active participant in your education rather than just a student sitting at a desk taking notes. You won’t be able to hide in the back of the class, not because we make you, but because you won’t want to. 

5. Being a Teacher is a Journey of Learning About Yourself

As a teacher, you will quickly discover your students will reflect all of your strengths and weaknesses. At HIU, we believe your teaching reflects who you are – your gifts, strengths, and your quirks. The staff in the teacher preparation degree program believe if you are willing to reflect, you will continue to learn more about yourself, making you an even stronger teacher than you ever imagined.