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Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education: Dual Teaching Credential

The B.A. Early Childhood Education: Dual Credential degree completion program equips graduates with the skills and teaching methodology to create and implement ideal learning environments for elementary-aged children.

 Available Online

67 units required for completion

4 years full-time or 6 years part-time

Opportunity to enroll online

B.A. Early Childhood Education: Dual Credential

The curriculum for Pacific Oaks’ Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education: Dual Credential includes facilitating cognitive development, nurturing language, motor skills, psychosocial learning, and problem solving. Students in this dual credential on-campus program are qualified to teach both general education students grades K-12 in a variety of subjects as well as students with mild or moderate disabilities in self contained classrooms.

After completing coursework for the B.A. Early Childhood Education: Dual Credential program, students will be qualified for the California Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential (mild to moderate disabilities) and the Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

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.

Other Early Childhood Education Specializations and Teaching Credentials



  • The California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential qualifies candidates to teach preschool, K-12, or in classes organized primarily for adults in a self-contained classroom.
  • The California Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential (Mild to Moderate Disabilities) qualifies candidates to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities in grades K–12 and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22.
  • Pacific Oaks College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Fieldwork Requirements

Successful completion of 600 hours of practicum and student teaching in an appropriate setting.

Admission Requirements

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Successfully complete CBEST (California Basic Education Skills Test) – passing test required in order to teach in California
  • Associate’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or a traditional academic (non-vocational) area of study or successful completion of 60 units from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. and meet the following course requirements:
    • Humanities and the Arts (9 units)
    • Science and Math (9 units)
    • Oral and Written Communication (9 units)
    • Minimum of 3 units in English Communications
    • Maximum of 3 units in Early Childhood Education Language Arts
    • Social Science (9 units)
    • Minimum of 3 units in Introductory Psychology
    • Minimum of 3 units in either Introductory Sociology or Cultural Anthropology
  • Completed application for admission
  • Application fee
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Personal statement