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Liberal Studies                         Clip art of Super Grade A+ Teacher

The liberal studies program is dedicated to assisting students who plan a future as a K-12 teacher. Students attend lecture sections to discuss the educational system, including exposure to state standards for curriculum. In addition, liberal studies students are required to spend 3 hours per week in a K-8 setting, observing the teacher-student interaction and interacting with students themselves.  Liberal Studies 10 students must observe in a K-3 setting during the language arts block.  Liberal Studies 20 students must observe in a 4-8 setting during the math/science block.  Classes may be either self-contained or single subject.


LBST-10 Mandatory Orientation:  5:30 pm on January 21, 2016 in IAC-123.

LBST-20 Mandatory Orientation:  5:30 pm on January 20, 2016 in VOC-139.

Liberal Studies allows you to get a head start towards your future in K-8 teaching.  Liberal Studies 10 and 20 are accepted at CSU, Stanislaus in place of their Liberal Studies 1000 and 2000. 

To enroll in Liberal Studies, students must do the following:

  1. Pay the Department of Justice fee of $32.00 at the Merced College Student Fees Office. Please take Receipt to the Co-op Office in the Lesher Building (Room 329) to clear the Limitation on Enrollment on your registration form.**

  2. **If you are currently employed in the school district where your liberal studies placement will be, your current TB and fingerprint clearance may be sufficient. You will need to provide proof of employment.

  3. Pick up Live Scan Form from the Co-op Office in the Lesher Building (Room 329).

  4. Schedule your fingerprinting appointment through the Merced County Sheriff's Office. Ask the amount when you call for an appointment.           

  5. Appointment Day/Time_________________________________                    

  6. NO LONGER THAN ONE WEEK after Live Scan fingerprinting , go to the Merced College Police for proof of clearance. Due to unforeseen circumstances, delays can happen and clearances can take longer. If your clearance is delayed, you need to contact Myshel Pimentel at 384-6364.

  7. TB testing is done at the Merced College Student Health Services on Tuesdays from 9:00 am to 1:00pm. However, It's best to call first (384-6045). There is no cost.

  8. Return proof of TB and Fingerprint clearances to the Co-op Office in the Lesher Building (Room 329).

  9. Purchase the Liberal Studies Handbook from the Bookstore.

  10. Take the School Site Placement Declaration Form (found in the Handbook) to one of the approved school sites for signatures. This can be done prior to the start of the semester, but it is not required until the class has started.

  11. If you qualify for financial aid (Cal-Works or EOPS) fingerprinting may be covered---ask your program counselor.

  12. If you are enrolling in LBST 20 and have completed LBST 10, you  may not need to be fingerprinted or have another TB test done.

  13. All Students are required to wear a Merced College ID Badge during school site placements. Go to Admissions & Records to obtain ID.

  14. If you have any questions, please call Myshel Pimentel at 384-6364 or email at

Liberal Studies Rules & Regulations