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Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education

Students enrolled in the on-campus B.A. Early Childhood Education: Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program complete coursework and specialized practice to meet the requirements for the California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential—enabling graduates to teach children in any self-contained classroom, preschool, K-12, or in classes organized primarily for adults.

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61 Units needed for completion

2 years full-time or 4 years part-time

Available online

B.A. Early Childhood Education Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

The B.A. Early Childhood Education: Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential degree completion program engages students to learn strategies and methodology for participating and facilitating the cognitive development and nurturing of language, motor skills, psychosocial learning, and problem solving in elementary aged children. Coursework focuses on strategies of inclusion, issues of equity, social justice, and cultural competence.

This bachelor’s completion 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.

Other Early Childhood Education Specializations and Teacher Credentialing Programs

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 208 community resources.

Collaboration and Communication Skills for Special Educators

This class explores the spectrum of interpersonal and interactive learning skills required of educators serving children and youth with “special needs.” This phrase is intended to be inclusive, not exclusive, and respect all individuals who receive instruction and services covered by special education law and other laws that provide for services and instruction beyond what is offered in the typical general education program. Due to change in the Commission on Teacher Credentialing standards, children with autism spectrum disorders will be a focus in this course. The following topics will be covered in this class: problem solving, empathic listening, mediation, and conflict resolution; effective communication strategies with IEP team members; counseling strategies; and cross-cultural issues. Cross-cultural issues, including bilingual and bicultural considerations will be integrated throughout the course.



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

Admission Requirements

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • 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 48 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
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended