B.A. Early Childhood Education

Program Description

Pacific Oaks' B.A. in Early Childhood Education is specifically 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 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.

  • May be completed in as little as 2 years full time and 5 years part time.
  • 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 have the opportunity to complete their fieldwork/practicum at Pacific Oaks prestigious Children's School
  • 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 waiving undergraduate credit for experience they have gained in the workplace.
  • Students pursuing the on-ground course of study may also have the opportunity to enroll in online courses
  • The B.A. 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).



POC:Pasadena, CAPOC:Online




Trauma Studies

Total Credits



The B.A. program provides the coursework, fieldwork, and practicum experience required for various child development permits in the state of California.

Fieldwork Requirements

Three units of fieldwork, including observation in various early childhood education settings; and three units for a supervised practicum experience.


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.

Sample Courses

Cognitive Development: How Children Learn

This course explores the relationship between psychological theory and practice in education.  It provides an overview of the application of fundamental principles of psychology to the teaching and learning process of children.  The course covers topics such as theories of cognitive development, motivation, and classroom instruction.

Development of Bicultural Children

This class will specifically focus on a framework of bicultural development as it compares with monocultural developmental theories. The pertinent issues and major social-ecological influences that play an important role in shaping the development of bicultural children will be explored. Culture and cognition, bilingualism, the biculturation process, and cultural psychological dynamics as they relate to personality and development and identity formation will be examined. An overview of the current literature in the field will also be discussed.

Child, Family, and Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Education

Examines the requisite knowledge and skills 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, CAPOC:Online