M.A. Education, Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential

Program Description

Our Master of Arts in Education prepares students to take the next step in their professional journey by combining advanced study in Education theory and practice with the academic requirements for the California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. 

This Education master's program, offered at the Pasadena, California campus of Pacific Oaks College, is designed to build on the foundation that students bring with them to the classroom and to enhance the knowledge and skills they have acquired at the undergraduate level and/or through their prior professional experience.

In keeping with Pacific Oaks College's emphasis on experiential learning, coursework for the joint degree/credential program combines both classroom learning and fieldwork at more than 25 local public schools, enabling students to draw powerful connections between theory and practice. Students are prepared to be advocates for diversity and inclusion in education. 

They develop a sophisticated understanding of the social, political, and cultural contexts of child and human development, preparing them to be effective advocates for democracy in education at the school, district, and state level.  

  • May be completed in as little as two and a half years.
  • Students pursuing the on-ground course of study may also have the opportunity to enroll in online courses.
  • As part of their degree program, students will complete the California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.


POC:Pasadena, CAPOC:San Jose, CAPOC:Online



Total Credits

55 units for California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential


The California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential qualifies candidates to teach in K-12 multiple subjects in self-contained classrooms.

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.


Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Sample Courses

English Learner Methodologies in a Diverse Classroom

This course focuses on the unique needs of English language learners and children with special needs. Candidates explore language, literacy, and content acquisitions for English learners through readings, discussions, activities, reflection and classroom observations. Instruction focus on the historical, theoretical, and practical aspects of English Language Development (ELD) and Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) to elementary students in a diverse classroom. Emphasis is on incorporating state Frameworks and ELD standards into a program that also draws on children’s real-life experiences and knowledge about language and literacy. In an environment that parallels that of a dynamic elementary school classroom, students will explore language, literacy, and content acquisition for English learners through readings, discussions, activities, reflection, and classroom observations. The unique needs of English language learners and 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, integrating language development into lesson planning, language learning, assessment, differentiation of instruction, analysis of classroom discourse and how first language literacy connects to second language development.

Advanced Healthy Children and Classroom Communities

This course examines how a classroom community promotes the social and academic growth of pupils. Through study, collaborative learning, and reflection, candidates will explore how to create a safe, caring and respectful environment that enhances students’ rights and responsibilities. Also through cooperation, collaboration, choice, self-assessment activities; home-school communication will be discussed and its impact on the classroom community. Candidates will use the state content standards for teaching Physical Education and Health to develop lesson plans. Candidates will also examine issues and responsibilities involving class rules and procedures, safety, and bullying, as well as legal and practical issues pertaining to child abuse. The completion of this course satisfies the CA state requirement in health education for the multiple subject and educational specialist credential applicants. Infant, Child and Adult CPR Certification will also be completed at this time. Candidates explore the delivery of instruction in the content areas in which they seek their credential with extensive research, practice, and reflection. Topics include lesson planning and formative assessment. This course includes intentional practice of classroom management, active and equitable participation for culturally, ethnically, linguistically and academically diverse learners, lesson planning, and formative assessment to differentiate instruction for all learners. Modifications for diverse learners and learners with exceptionalities are researched.

POC:Pasadena, CAPOC:San Jose, CAPOC:Online