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B.A. in Human Development: Elementary Education

This program prepares graduates for the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, which qualifies graduates to teach all subjects in a self-contained classroom, such as the classrooms in most elementary schools, in grades preschool, K–12, or in classes organized primarily for adults.

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67 units required for completion

6 Semesters (12 terms)

Online or On Campus

B.A. in Human Development: Elementary Education (preparation for the Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential)

The B.A. in Human Development: Elementary Education combines human development theory with the practical skills and understanding necessary for the development of creative and innovative learning environments across the educational spectrum, from k-12. The program is designed for those with a specific interest in teaching children who are already progressing through the educational development cycle, with a focus on equipping them with tools to positively influence their lives. Future educators are taught the foundations of learning from multiple perspectives, building them into effective communicators for a diverse range of students. This course of study prepares graduates for the Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

The curriculum is focused on actively engaging students through supervised learning experiences, including inquiry, self- reflection, group collaboration, and problem-solving. Students are immersed in a progressive framework that redefines the traditional principles and theories of educational development. The importance of life experience, reciprocal relationships, and a supportive yet challenging learning environment in an individual’s educational development is heavily emphasized as students explore strategies of inclusion and issues of equity, social justice, and cultural competence.

Sample Courses

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. Students will use the state content standards for teaching Physical Education and Health to develop lesson plans. Students 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.

Community as a Context for Development

The social dynamics that we experience in community in our life influences our growth, identity, and our worldview. We all develop as unique individuals in the context of complex communities. We experience communities in different ways, through different institutions; i.e., home, family, classroom, neighborhood, third spaces, etc. This class focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of building, reflecting and including “community” in our learning spaces throughout our lives. Students will be expected to create strategies, which uses community to enhance learning and building a sense of belonging. This class will explore community building as an avenue to examine and promote cultural competence and social equity. We will create a learning community as we explore other communities.

Play Across the Lifespan

This course is an exploration of play as a human adaptive function with a distinct development progression, beginning in infancy and extended throughout the lifespan. Varying in content and mode from culture to culture, emphasis will be placed on the ability to observe play across an age-range and to make use of these observations in planning for play-based opportunities. This includes recognizing the importance of the physical environment in setting up spaces for play that will engage participants in using the skills that are requisites for lifelong learning. Ways to support cultural expression and nonsexist play opportunities will be analyzed as part of the examination of the impact of anti-bias issues and diversity on one’s play. Although our focus begins with the early years, we will address the integrative and transformative function of play as it contributes to the lives of individuals across the lifespan.

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Fieldwork consists of observation, practicum, and student teaching. Students may be able to complete a portion of their fieldwork at their current place of employment, upon approval from the program. Prior to beginning fieldwork a background check and TB test is required.

Student Teaching is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters only. Placement is secured solely through the Credential Analyst. All students, district employed supervisors, field work supervisors and support staff are required to attend the Fall and Spring Student Teaching Orientation.

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, 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
  • Official CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) scores*
  • Letter of Recommendation required for students whose cumulative GPA is below 2.0

*Passing the CBEST exam is an admissions expectation.