Santa Clara University

Liberal Studies program

Academic Programs


“Good teachers are the ones who fire you up about a subject that does not initially spark your interest.”

You know a good teacher when you see one. In fact, after years of sitting through grade school and high school classes, you are somewhat of an expert. Good teachers are the ones who fire you up about a subject that does not initially spark your interest. They are the ones who trigger your own independent thinking by exposing you to novel ideas and new perspectives; the ones who care enough to make a real connection. Most importantly, they help you believe in yourself and your abilities.

Becoming the type of educator you admire means studying with a faculty whose focus is on excellence in teaching and mentoring. In Santa Clara's teacher education program you will be taught by just these types of teachers, in small classrooms where the emphasis is on personal attention and quality instruction. SCU's faculty are role models and mentors who enjoy offering guidance and forming student-teacher friendships. The curriculum's liberal arts focus and the value Santa Clara places upon developing the whole person--intellectually, emotionally, physically, and spiritually -- are exceptional preparation for aspiring teachers.