Online B.A. Early Childhood Education, Dual Credential

Program Description

Students in the early childhood education online bachelor's-completion program who complete the dual credential are qualified to teach both general education students in a variety of subjects as well as students with mild or moderate disabilities in grades K-12. Pacific Oaks' B.A. in Early Childhood Education is designed to equip graduates with the skills and teaching methodology they need to create and implement optimal learning environments for children birth through age eight.

As actively engaged participants, students will learn strategies for facilitating 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 online 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.

  • To transfer into the online 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.
  • The B.A. online program provides the coursework, fieldwork, and practicum experience required for various child development permits in the State of California and prepares graduates to teach in a variety of preschool settings.

Pacific Oaks College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).



Total Credits



· The California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (MSEL/2042) qualifies candidates to teach in K-12 multiple subjects in self-contained classrooms.
· The California Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential (Mild to Moderate Disabilities) Preliminary Education Specialist credential qualifies candidates to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities in K-12 settings and adults through age 22. This credential is a two-tiered process; information on completing the second level is available through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Fieldwork Requirements

The program requires three (3) units of fieldwork, including observation in various early childhood education settings; and six (6) units of supervised practicum experience.


Completion of 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.

Sample Courses

English Learner Methodologies in a Diverse Classroom

This online course focuses on the historical, theoretical, and practical aspects of English Language Development (ELD) and Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) in early childhood education. Students will explore language, literacy, and content acquisition for English learners through readings, discussions, activities, reflection, and classroom observations. The unique needs of children with special needs will be addressed throughout the course. Key topics include primary and second language acquisition, the role of language in learning, SDAIE strategies, lesson planning, inclusion, student assessment, differentiation of instruction, enrichment versus deficit models of schooling, and analysis of classroom discourse. 

Integrating the Curriculum: Science, Social Studies, and the Arts

This online course explores the concept of using science, social studies, and the visual and performing arts as a frame for the rest of the curriculum. Topics in social studies and science will be approached through hands-on learning, critical thinking, and using the community as a real-world text. Students will be introduced to state frameworks and standards and will have opportunities to examine standard texts, curricula and materials used in early childhood education. Emphasis will be placed on the inclusion of English language learners and children with special needs, and students will analyze the impact of biases and misconceptions on children's learning.

Family, School, and Community in Early Childhood Education

This online 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.

POC:Pasadena, CA