The Liberal Studies Department offers two options for students interested in pursuing
a career in K-8 teaching. The Elementary Subject Matter Preparation Option (ESM) and
the Integrated Teacher Education Program Option (ITEP) are designed specifically for
future K-8 teachers and meet the California Standards for Multiple Subject Matter
Preparation Programs. The curriculum for the ESM and ITEP Options has been approved
as a Waiver Program by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This means
that students who finish all degree requirements for the ESM and ITEP options, earn
a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or higher, and graduate, will not need to take the Multiple
Subject California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSETs) I-III.
To learn about the difference between the two Options, please watch the video below and read the requirements listed in the Catalog; if you have questions, contact Liberal Studies by visiting our Department Website.
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