Pacific Oaks' B.A. in Early Childhood Education equips graduates with the skills they need to create and implement optimal learning environments for children birth through age eight. As actively engaged participants, students will learn strategies for maximizing each child's cognitive development and nurturing the emergence of abilities in language, motor skills, psychosocial learning, and problem solving. Grounded in the principles of diversity and inclusion, the program prepares students to tailor learning experiences to the cultural needs of all children and to model an appreciation of individual differences that values and reinforces what each child and family has to offer.
The program is designed for students who transfer in at least 60 credits, and may be combined with the California Multiple Subject English Learner (MSEL) Teaching Credential.
- May be completed in as little as two years.
- Online students must complete supervised fieldwork on ground, and may complete such fieldwork locally upon approval of the site, the supervisor, and the college.
- To transfer into the B.A. program, students must have a minimum of 60 credits from a regionally accredited 2- or 4-year college or university. Students may petition to have a maximum of 15 additional credits accepted for transfer if they are in related disciplines.
- Pacific Oaks' Credit for Learning from Experience option allows students in this program to accelerate their progress toward a bachelor's degree and entry into a master's program by earning undergraduate credit for experience they have gained in the workplace.
- This B.A.-only sequence, taken without a concentration that allows the student to complete requirements for the California Multiple Subject English Learner (MSEL) Teaching Credential, prepares graduates to teach in a preschool setting.
Pacific Oaks College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Candidates may apply for simultaneous enrollment in both the B.A. program and the California Multiple Subject English Learner (MSEL) Teaching Credential.
The program requires 3 units of fieldwork, including observation in various early childhood education settings; and 3 units for a supervised practicum experience. Online students may complete their practicum locally, with approval of the site, the supervisor, and the college.
Completion of an associate's degree or a minimum of 60 semester credits with a grade of "C" or higher from a college or university accredited by regional commissions.
Applicants may also take CLEP (College Level Exam Program) tests to acquire credits. A maximum of 30 credits may transfer.
Early Childhood Foundations
This course explores the historical foundations of early childhood education, with an emphasis on the interdisciplinary influences on the field. Students will critically examine traditional and emerging theories that impact the field of early childhood education. In addition, students will examine various models of early childhood educational settings that currently serve young children.
Family, School, and Community in Early Childhood Education
This course examines the requisite knowledge and skills for successfully establishing, supporting, and maintaining respectful collaborative relationships between today's diverse families, schools/centers, and community resources. Students will also be introduced to inclusive programs for children and schools that serve young children with and without special needs.
Creating Inclusive Learning Environments
This course explores values, policies and practices that support the right of every infant and young child (and his or her family) to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts. Students will be introduced to issues of power and privilege; theories and models of cultural diversity; and educational policy related to issues of access and equity. The focus of the course is to integrate knowledge of various cultural frameworks into the development of inclusive learning environments that provide access to early childhood education in a diverse society.