The Liberal Studies/Elementary Education (LSEE) major at Humboldt is a course of study whose main purpose is to prepare students to work toward a California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. The courses in the LSEE major also satisfy all the general education requirements for Humboldt State. A LSEE major has all the career opportunities of any Liberal Studies major, but in addition, is provided with the background knowledge needed to be an excellent elementary school teacher as well as pass the CSET exam required to get into Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential Programs and Special Education Teaching Credential Programs.
The LSEE program is a four-year undergraduate program that provides students with knowledge of the subject matter they are required to teach in elementary schools. After students complete 4/5ths or more of this program they can apply to a Credential Program. It is necessary for students to take a full academic load to complete the LSEE program in a timely fashion. Students follow the program approved for the academic year in which they entered the program, and they should work closely with the program advisor.
The philosophy of the LSEE program is to provide a course array that offers opportunities for a well-educated person to confront intellectual issues that transcend the disciplines.LSEE majors will gain highly-developed verbal and written communication skills, and will understand each subject of the elementary school curriculum with considerable breadth and depth. This approach is further enhanced by meaningful professional experiences.
LSEE majors will gain extensive experience in the elementary classroom by participating in a specially-designed sequence of four fieldwork and seminar classes. These classes foster and support effective teaching practices in the core disciplines and offer experiences in a variety of local K-6 classrooms.
Students are encouraged to participate in the Student Chapter of California Teachers Association.
The Multiple Subjects, Single Subjects, and Special Education credentials are basic credentials. Although they are all K-12, the Multiple Subjects credential is generally used in a self-contained classroom, the Single Subjects is generally used for subject-specific classroom teaching, and the Special Education Credential is used in special day class and/or resource specialist classroom.