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Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education | STEAM

Pacific Oaks’ B.A. Early Childhood Education degree completion program (ECE), STEAM Specialization broadens the scope of STEM to include arts and design—enhancing analytical skills, cooperation, problem solving, hypothesizing, and creativity in children.

60 units needed for degree completion

2 years full-time or 4 years part-time

Credit for Learning from Experience available

B.A. Early Childhood Education: STEAM Specialization

In response to the declining state of education in the United States, the U.S. Department of Education has recently set a priority of increasing the number of students and teachers who are proficient in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Pacific Oaks expands on this, broadening the scope of STEM to include arts and design.

Providing the coursework, fieldwork, and practicum experience required for various child development permits in the state of California, this Pacific Oaks’ bachelor’s degree completion program in Early Childhood Education with a STEAM specialization helps prepare teachers to work with children ranging from birth to age 8.

Students in this program are introduced to a model of education that encourages children to learn through investigation, spatial thinking, observation, and group discussion. This bachelor’s completion program requires three units of Action Research in addition to observation in various early childhood education settings.

Early Childhood Education Specializations and Teaching Credentials

B.A. Early Childhood Education: STEAM Specialization Sample Courses

Integration of Science and Technology

This course will focus on instruction and integration of emergent and developing STEAM principles. Students will research, plan, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate practices integrating strategies and skills to develop integrated science and technology experiences for children. Candidates will explore activities in magnetism, cause and effect, shadows/light, motion, patterns, measuring speed and distance, color and light, and nature.

Thinking, Reasoning, and Discovering Mathematics

This course will focus on designing, implementing and evaluating appropriate activities and environments for children with a focus on mathematics, thinking and reasoning blocks, math, woodworking, and engineering with art concepts integrated with emphasis on current research in early childhood education. Participants will broaden their own creativity and imagination through exploring learning activities that can be applied to actual early childhood settings. Students will design age-appropriate classroom and outdoor learning environments that meet state regulations.

Integration of Engineering and Simple Robotics

This course is an exploration of recent learning of science, technology, and simple robotics. Students will examine developmentally appropriate practices with robotics and the construction of simple robotics with robotic manipulatives, Legos, TECHNIC I, Unit blocks, Lincoln Logs, and simple pulleys to provide learning in an engaging and interdisciplinary exploration and personal connections as a powerful learning tool for young children. Candidates will engage in in-depth design instruction in early childhood settings in biology, ecology, nature study, and environmental science with a focus on developmentally appropriate learning environments centered on the use of robotics as manipulatives.



This B.A. completion program provides the coursework, fieldwork, and practicum experience required for various child development permits in the state of California.

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