Liberal Studies (Elementary Education)

Liberal Studies

The Liberal Studies major is a pre-credential major designed for students who desire a teaching career in Elementary Education. Focuses in the Liberal Studies program include the arts, sciences, language and grammar, mathematics, literature and social sciences.

We also offer a convenient 12-month liberal studies ASPIRE degree-completion program available for working adults.

Other Education Majors

  • Edward Mooney, Ed.D.

    A headshot of education professor Dr. Edward Mooney

    Assistant Professor of Education
    (530) 226-4738


    Dr. Edward Mooney Jr. spent over 25 years teaching high school social studies and science. During that experience he was named as the California State History Teacher of the Year (2010) by the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a school site Teacher of the Year (1995). He also saw service as a school technology coordinator, a school website manager, a football coach, and he set up a school-wide television station.

    Dr. Mooney came to Simpson University with a passion to develop the next generation of teachers. As an at-risk student in his teen years, he saw how one teacher can make a huge difference in the life of a young person. Two of his high school teachers (Foothill High School, Tustin, California) reached out to him during those turbulent times and changed his direction. His hope is to do the same for the next generation. He is an assistant professor in the teacher education program.

    Dr. Mooney is also a writer, having written four novels. One of those books, “The Pearls of the Stone Man,” was made into a movie in Japan.

    Educational Background:

    • Ed.D., Northeastern University, Boston
    • M.A., University of California, Riverside
    • B.S., Montana State University

    Courses Taught:

    • EDUC 2000 - Introduction to Education
    • EDUC 2190 - Field Experience for Teachers
    • EDUC 5430 - Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary
    • Student Teacher Supervision


  • Pam Havlick, M.A.

    A headshot of physical education professor Pam Havlick

    Assistant Professor of Physical Education
    Leadership Studies Department Chair
    Division Chair of Psychology, Business and Leadership Studies
    (530) 226-4976


    Pam Havlick came to Simpson University in 2005 with twenty two years of Physical Education teaching and coaching experience at Pomona College in Southern California. She holds graduate degrees in both Physical Education and Theology and enjoys educating and motivating people in becoming active and exercising properly for life long health benefits. Pam likes to kayak, hike, bike, play table tennis and read during her spare time.

    Educational Background:

    • M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary
    • M.A., California State at Northridge
    • B.S., Pepperdine University

    Courses Taught:

    • Fitness and Wellness
    • Motor Learning and Performance for Elementary Physical Education
    • Walking for Fitness
    • Aerobics
    • Weight Training
    • Recreational Kayaking
    • Table Tennis


  • Liberal Studies students will develop knowledge of the California Academic Content Standards and Common Core State Standards in subject areas taught by multiple subjects teachers.
  • Liberal Studies students will synthesize and demonstrate subject knowledge and pedagogical skills needed to teach Kindergarten through eighth grades.
  • Liberal Studies students will be prepared to enter the Teacher Credentialing program.