B.A. Early Childhood Education: STEAM Specialization
The B.A. Early Childhood Education: STEAM Specialization degree program broadens the scope of STEM to include arts and design. In response to the declining state of education in the United States, the U.S. Department of Education has recently set a priority of increasing the number of students and teachers who are proficient in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Pacific Oaks expands on this, broadening the scope of STEM to include arts and design, integrating STEAM into the early childhood classroom.
Providing the coursework, fieldwork, and practicum experience required for various child development permits in the state of California, this Pacific Oaks’ bachelor’s degree program in Early Childhood Education with a STEAM specialization helps prepare teachers to work with children ranging from birth to age 8.
Students in this B.A. Early Childhood Education degree program are introduced to a model of STEAM in early childhood of education that encourages children to learn through investigation, spatial thinking, observation, and group discussion. This bachelor’s program requires three credits of Action Research in addition to observation in various early childhood education settings.
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.
Early Childhood Education Specializations and Teaching Credentials
- Trauma Studies
- Preliminary Multiple Subject California Teaching Credential
- Dual California Teaching Credential
This B.A. Early Childhood Education degree program provides the coursework, fieldwork, and practicum experience required for various child development permits in the state of California.
B.A. Early Childhood Education: STEAM Specialization Sample Courses
Integration of Science and Technology
This ECE course will focus on instruction and integration of emergent and developing STEAM principles. Students will research, plan, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate practices integrating strategies and skills to develop integrated science and technology experiences for children. Candidates will explore activities in magnetism, cause and effect, shadows/light, motion, patterns, measuring speed and distance, color and light, and nature.
Thinking, Reasoning, and Discovering Mathematics
This Early Childhood Education STEAM Specialization course will focus on designing, implementing and evaluating appropriate activities and environments for children with a focus on mathematics, thinking and reasoning blocks, math, woodworking, and engineering with art concepts integrated with an emphasis on current research in early childhood education. Participants will broaden their own creativity and imagination through exploring learning activities that can be applied to actual early childhood settings. Students will design age-appropriate classroom and outdoor learning environments that meet state regulations.
Integration of Engineering and Simple Robotics
This course is an exploration of recent learning of science, technology, and simple robotics. Students will examine developmentally appropriate practices with robotics and the construction of simple robotics with robotic manipulatives, Legos, TECHNIC I, Unit blocks, Lincoln Logs, and simple pulleys to provide learning in an engaging and interdisciplinary exploration and personal connections as a powerful learning tool for young children. Candidates will engage in in-depth design instruction in early childhood settings in biology, ecology, nature study, and environmental science with a focus on developmentally appropriate learning environments centered on the use of robotics as manipulatives.
- Admission to the B.A. STEAM Specialization 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 homeschooling 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
For students entering with fewer than 40 transfer credits at the time of admission:
Progression to a Credential Program Requirement:
Students who wish to pursue the BA Early Childhood Education degree with the Elementary Education and/or Special Education concentration must pass the CBEST or meet the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) by the conclusion of 40 GE credits in order to progress into a credential track program. Students who pass the CBEST or meet the Basic Skills Requirement, must also show verification of registration for the CSET exams. For more information on Teacher Credentialing, please see the Credentials Office page under the Resource section of the POC website.
If a student does not pass the CBEST or meet the BSR by the conclusion of the 40 GE credits, they may progress in the BA ECE degree program and attempt the CBEST or BSR until they have successfully passed. At the time a student has successfully passed the CBEST or BSR, they may request a program transfer by completing the Program Transfer form found on the Registrar’s Office webpage.
Passing CBEST or meeting the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) is the first step into a credential track program. In order to progress through a credential program and earn a California teaching credential, students will need to meet additional exam and CCTC requirements beyond successful completion of coursework.
Please note: Prior coursework will be evaluated as part of the Admissions process.