Online Teacher Credentialing Programs

On the leading edge of teacher training, Pacific Oaks College follows a progressive teacher education credentialing program model that prepares students to think critically about diversity, culture, and power in the classroom. 

Students explore learning as a social, cultural, and cognitive process and are trained to apply Pacific Oaks' pioneering approach to teaching—which considers diverse backgrounds, learning styles, and abilities—to uncover each student's distinct potential. Coursework and fieldwork are integrated throughout the program, allowing students to make connections between theory and practice. 

Pacific Oaks currently offers several pathways for completing coursework required for either a Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential or a Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential in California. Students may complete the course requirements for credentialing as a stand-alone program or within the context of a joint degree/credential program.

Title II Reports for passage rates of license examination completers

Pacific Oaks College complies with all federal government reporting requirements pursuant to Section 207 of the Higher Education Act Title II passed by congress in 1998. The Commission on Teacher Credentialing requires a link to the most current year passing rates of the license examination according to AB 2086. Please see the Annual Report Card on CA-TPP 2013-14 (PDF) data and scroll to Appendix A Pass Rate by Assessment to review Pacific Oaks College's program pass rates.  The 2012-13 Report Card on California Teacher Preparation Programs - Excel Data Files are available on the CTC Title II webpage.

Joint Degree/Credential programs:
Stand-Alone California Teaching Credential program:
  • California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential: 52 units of coursework and fieldwork. Qualifies candidates to teach in K-12 multiple subjects in self-contained classrooms.
  • California Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential: 49 units of coursework and fieldwork. Qualifies candidates to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities in K-12 settings and adults through age 22.
  • These credentials are a two-tiered process; information on completing the second level is available through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).
Basic Program Information:
  • All Credential Programs are offered at Pasadena’s main campus and online for California residents, with the Preliminary Education Specialist Credential also being offered at the San Jose campus for California residents.
  • Curriculum is guided by the Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs) and standards set forth by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

†Teacher credentialing students who take advantage of the Credit for Learning from Experience option must be working toward a B.A.