Bachelor of Arts Major in Interdisciplinary Studies with a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (California Only)

The Bachelor of Arts major in interdisciplinary studies and a preliminary multiple subjects teaching credential (California) provides a broad, rigorous education that prepares candidates for a career as a teacher at the elementary level. The program introduces candidates to essential knowledge, connections across the disciplines, and applies knowledge of life beyond the University. This degree program gives candidates an enriched and thought-provoking curriculum that incorporates content across subject areas and with specific educational methodology courses. This program prepares candidates for professional work as multiple subject teachers in a changing cultural and economic environment. For additional information on credential requirements, please see the Sanford College of Education Credential Information section of the catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of interdisciplinary theory and the practice of critical thinking for the collection, validation, analysis, and synthesis of historical data and new information.
  • Explain the integration of knowledge in a global contact and engage in collaborative research across disciplines.
  • Identify and appreciate the cultural perspectives of world view.
  • Use information communications technology for knowledge sharing and the interdisciplinary approach.
  • Demonstrate a deep and flexible understanding of subject matter.
  • Apply educational technology to meet the needs of all learners.
  • Explain how to support growth in cognitive, social, physical, and emotional domains.
  • Utilize different teaching strategies to accomplish the teaching and learning goals.
  • Create positive learning environment that ensures healthy human growth.
  • Utilize systematic observations, documentation and other assessment strategies to facilitate and account for learning, and to support positive growth.
  • Design, implement and evaluate standards-based lesson plans for learning and achievement in content areas.
  • Demonstrate professional standards and ethics.


To receive a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, candidates must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University and 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level, including a minimum 70.5 units of the university General Education. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. The following courses are specific degree requirements. Candidates must demonstrate subject-matter competency through a state-approved examination. Students should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation.
Preparation for the Major (3 courses; 13.5 quarter units required)
Requirements for the Major (22 Course; 99 units)
Core Requirements (14 courses; 63 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Student Teaching Requirements (4 courses; 13.5 quarter units)
TED 530A, 530B, 531A and 531B are field experience courses receiving a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory grade and are not factored into cumulative GPA.
Core Requisite(s):
Students will need a Task Stream account for portfolio work. Please refer to your Faculty Advisor for more information (including fees).
Upper Division Requirements (5 courses; 22.5 quarter units)