Program Description

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 observe in elementary classrooms to gain experience in a real-world setting. 


Merced College offers the following degrees/certificates in Liberal Studies:

  • Elementary Teacher Education (AA-T)
  • Liberal Studies (Teaching Preparation) (AA)

See Degree Requirements & Course Descriptions

Orientation Information

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. 

**FALL 2017 Orientation: Friday, August 19, 2017 @ 3:00 pm in Lesher 111 (Merced Campus)**

All LBST 10 students are required to attend the orientation.  It is recommended that continuing students enrolled in LBST 20 attend as well.

Beginning in Fall 2016:

The Liberal Studies program has implemented several new updates for submission of required paperwork in Liberal Studies 10 and 20.  Download the updates here.

Dr. Pimentel COMM-13 (209)384-6463 Wednesday 12-2 (Spring 2017)
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