B.A. Early Childhood Education, Dual Credential

Program Description

Students in the early childhood education 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 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 B.A. program, students must have a minimum of 60 credits from a regionally accredited 2-or 4-year college or university.
  • Students pursuing the on-ground course of study may also have the opportunity to enroll in online courses.
  • Coursework qualifies students for the CA Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential (mild to moderate disabilities) and/or the Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

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



Total Credits



· The California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential qualifies candidates to teach in K-12 multiple subjects in self-contained classrooms.
· The California Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential (Mild to Moderate Disabilities) qualifies candidates to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities in K-12 settings and adults through age 22.

Fieldwork Requirements

The program requires three (3) units of practicum, including observation in various age groups, abilities, diversities; and ten (10) units of directed teaching. Fieldwork must be determined by Credentialing Coordinator.


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

Integrated Thematic Instruction

This course focuses on the epistemologies, pedagogies, and learning theories that impact the development of an integrated Science, Social Studies, and Visual and Performing Arts curriculum unit. Topics in these content areas will be approached through hands-on learning, critical thinking, and using the community as a real-world text to design and implement effective learning experiences for diverse classroom environments. Students will also develop an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice by creating a thematic unit that demonstrates their ability to think creatively, plan instruction based on statewide standards, and utilize school and community resources.

Social, Political and Economic Foundations of Education

This course is designed to provide the teacher candidate with the theory, philosophy, and examples of the social, political, and economic foundations of education.  Emphasis in this course will be on historical, legal and ethical, philosophical and political issues that occur in both general education and special education settings. In addition, this course provides both an overview of the teacher certification process in California and focuses on broad educational issues of structures, policies, equity, and what it means to be a teacher in a public school.  Specifically, candidates will investigate the following general and special education topics: federal, state, and local structures; governance and demographics; education finance; standardized testing; teacher associations; California laws; school reform trends; and professional development.

POC:Pasadena, CA