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. Students may complete the course requirements for credentialing as a stand-alone program or within the context of a joint degree/credential program.

View the Commission on Teacher Credentialing Title II Pass Rates for Pacific Oaks College and other teacher education programs across the state of California.  The pass rate data is excerpted from the Annual Report Card on California Teacher Preparation Programs for the Academic Year 2008-2009 (as Required by Title II of the Higher Education Act).

Joint Degree/Credential programs:
Stand-Alone California Teaching Credential program:
  • California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (MSEL/2042): 45 units of coursework and fieldwork. Qualifies candidates to teach in K-12 multiple subjects in self-contained classrooms.
  • California Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential:  44 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 [linked].
  • Intern option is available for candidates who meet the following qualifications: Earned B.A.; CBEST and CSET passed. Additional requirements prior to recommendation for an Intern Credential: U.S. Constitution Competency, Fingerprint Clearance, and employment as a teacher of record in a qualified placement.
Basic Program Information:
  • Offered at Pasadena's main campus and online 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 Life Experience option must be working toward a B.A. Students who waive the B.A. are not eligible to earn a California teaching credential.