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.

*Also available for working adults and individuals wishing to complete their degree in Simpson University's convenient 16-month, Adult Studies (ASPIRE) program. Liberal Studies - Adult Studies, ASPIRE program.

  • Edward Mooney, Ed.D.
    A headshot of education professor Dr. Edward Mooney

    Assistant Professor of Education
    Education Division Chair


    emooney@simpsonu.edu
    530-226-4738

    Profile:

    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

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  • 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


    phavlick@simpsonu.edu
    530-226-4976

    Profile:

    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

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  • Lois J. Nichols, M.M.
    A headshot of music professor Lois Nichols

    Assistant Professor of Music

    lnichols@simpsonu.edu
    530-226-4159

    Profile:

    Lois Nichols has a passion for music literacy through education and performance. In addition to being a music instructor and giving piano lessons at Simpson University, she also has her own private studio of piano students and does extensive accompanying for solo and ensemble recitals (both instrumental and vocal).

    Lois plays with the worship team at Neighborhood Church in Redding, serves as accompanist for the community choir Trinity Repertory Singers, and has played for rehearsals and performances of the Northstar Opera Repertory Theater in Redding. She and her husband, Tim, have three sons, who all graduated from Simpson.

    Educational Background:

    • M.M., Kansas State University
    • B.M., Wichita State University

    Courses Taught:

    • Piano
    • Children's Music
    • Introduction to Music
    • Handbell Choir

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  • 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.