Liberal StudiesElementary Education Vision Statement
Humboldt State University (HSU) has offered teacher education programs since 1913 when it was founded as a college to prepare teachers. Today HSU is still dedicated to producing quality teachers through an all-university commitment to teacher education.
An African proverb states 'It takes a village to raise a child.' Likewise, the Liberal Studies Elementary Education (LSEE) program at HSU believes it takes a whole university to prepare an elementary school teacher. The all-university program is committed to preparing the strongest possible candidates for teaching careers. Faculty members program consider teacher education a top priority and provide extensive opportunities for future teachers to participate in service learning and field experiences early in their studies.
The LSEE program demonstrates that what transpires in the classroom is not experienced in a vacuum, but is a reflection of human experience and the world at large. The program believes that education is not merely the acquisition of facts and information, but also a time for exploration and inquiry. Today's teacher is not only a conveyor of knowledge, but also a facilitator of learning.
Future elementary teachers gain not only subject matter knowledge as a foundation for their teaching practices, but also the ability to convert the knowledge into teaching methods that prepare children with the skills necessary to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
The LSEE program meets the standards established by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for Elementary Subject Matter Programs. Content areas include: mathematics, science, humanities, human development, physical education, literature and language studies, history and social sciences, and visual and performing arts. The LSEE major consists of courses designed to fulfill the goals of general education as well as meet the needs of elementary school teachers who are expected to develop an understanding, appreciation, and ability to celebrate diversity within the classroom.