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Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education: Elementary Education

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Students enrolled in the on-campus B.A. Early Childhood Education: Elementary Education program complete coursework and specialized practice to meet the requirements for the California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential—enabling graduates to teach children in any self-contained classroom, preschool, K-12, or in classes organized primarily for adults.

122 Credits needed for completion
Eligible for Credit for Learning from Experience Credits
Graduates will be qualified to teach in K-12 multiple subjects in self-contained classrooms

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Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education: Elementary Education

The Bachelors in Early Childhood Education Elementary Education curriculum at Pacific Oaks is based on a constructivist framework that is responsive to multiple sources of diversity in the education of children. By engaging in supervised learning experiences, students in this teaching credentialing program learn about essential principles of pedagogy and child development. Throughout the elementary education program, students will take part in self-reflection, collaboration with others, and problem-solving.

Please note: All School of Education programs are taught in eight-week sessions: Fall I and II, Spring I and II, Summer 1 and II. All on-campus courses are “blended,” with 30 hours of face-to-face/in class instruction and 15 hours of online instruction.

Other Early Childhood Education Specializations and Teacher Credentialing Programs

Sample Elementary Education Courses

ECE 301: Foundations of ECE and Current Issues in the Education of Young Children

This course explores the foundations of early childhood education from birth through age eight. Students will examine theories, history, curriculum, program applications, current issues and trends, and best practices.

ED 362: Teaching Thematically: Social Science and Visual/Performing Arts

In this course, candidates will learn teaching methods used to design thematic lessons in Social Science and Visual and Performing Arts for young children. Candidates will learn how to integrate principles and practices for teaching history/social science and visual/performing arts and how to use a variety of resources to create a culturally inclusive and dynamic learning environment for various developmental levels. Lessons developed in this course will reflect the California State Framework for History-Social Science and the Framework for Visual and Performing Arts and the History/Social Science Content Standards for California, demonstrate respect and appreciation for cultural and linguistic diversity, incorporate current technologies, and include multiple historical perspectives and geographic content.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to the B.A. program is open to any person who meets entrance requirements as outlined below. Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to successfully complete an undergraduate degree program. Generally, a high school cumulative GPA of a 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission. However, applicants with a cumulative high school GPA below 2.0 will be considered for admission with the submission of additional required documents (see below). Applicants with college level studies will be expected to demonstrate an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. It is required that transcripts are submitted from all undergraduate schools where credit was received to support the application and request for transfer credit. (See Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policy).Factors and materials to be considered for admission will include:
    • Completed application and $55 application fee
    • Interview with a member of the Admissions Committee
    • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
    • Personal statement
    • Applicants must submit a resume showing three or more years of significant professional or life experience or an official transcript confirming 24 transferable credits from a regionally accredited

    Applicants must provide proof of the qualifying conferral of high school graduation (or the equivalent) or proof of successful completion of a minimum of 24 semester credits at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution. Proof of qualifying academic history must be provided in one of the following ways:

    • Official high school transcript recognized by the S. Department of Education showing an earned high school diploma, 2.0 GPA or higher, and date of graduation. A copy of a high school diploma, if transcripts are not immediately available, can be submitted with a contingency that original transcripts will be on file prior to day 5 of the term/semester of entry. Financial aid will not be disbursed until the compliant documentation is received.
    • Official college transcript with 24 credits of transferable credits with a grade of C or
    • Official Associate degree transcript from a regionally­ accredited institution showing degree earned and date conferred
    • Official college transcript from a regionally-accredited institution that contains the high school name and date of graduation
    • Official NACES, ACREVS or AICE evaluation of an international diploma that contains the high school name and date of graduation
    • High school equivalency completed through home schooling as defined by state law
    • Official General Educational Development (GED) A copy of the student’s GED Certificate, or unofficial GED score issued by the state, can be submitted with a contingency that the Official GED document will be on file prior to day 5 of the term/semester of entry. Financial aid will not be disbursed until the compliant documentation is received.
    • Official Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) document
    • Official High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) document
    • Official documentation showing a passing score on a state-authorized exam that the state recognizes as equivalent to high school graduation

    Applicants with a cumulative high school or undergraduate GPA below 2.0, applicants without three years of significant professional or life experience, or with less than 24 transferable college credits are required to submit additional documentation:

    • One letter of support from someone (a non-relative) familiar with your ability to be successful in this program
    • An additional essay three pages, double spaced typed (approximately 500-750 words). In your essay, please answer the following question:
      • What life and professional experience do you possess that would enable you to be successful in the Pacific Oaks classroom focused on application of experience to course
      • Why it is important to you to study this discipline at a school that emphasizes social justice, cultural humility and respect for every individual (refer to the Mission and Vision statement of Pacific Oaks College).


    Additional Requirements for students interested in pursuing Elementary Education and/or Special Education concentrations:

    For students entering with 40 or more transfer credits at the time of admission:

    • Successfully complete CBEST (California Basic Education Skills Test) or meet the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR)
    • Proof of Registration for the CSET (California Subject Examinations for Teachers): Multiple Subjects exams

    Please note: Prior coursework will be evaluated as part of the Admissions process.

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