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Online Dual Credential Early Childhood Education Program

The online B.A. Early Childhood Education Degree Completion (ECE): Dual Credentialing program is designed to equip graduates with the skills and teaching methodology needed to create and implement optimal learning environments for children.

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73 Units needed for completion

2 1/2 years full-time or 5 years part-time

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Online B.A. Early Childhood Education: Dual Credentialing

Pacific Oaks’ online B.A. Early Childhood Education: Dual Credentialing bachelor’s completion program is ideal for adults looking for the flexibility of completing coursework when it is convenient for them.

Principles taught include strategies for facilitating and nurturing each child’s cognitive development, and using diversity and inclusion to tailor learning experiences to the cultural needs of all children. The B.A. ECE program requires three units of fieldwork including observation in early childhood setting, and 600 hours of supervised practicum experience

This program qualifies graduates to teach both general education students in a variety of subjects as well as students with mild or moderate disabilities in grades K-12.

Other Online B.A. Early Childhood Education Specializations & Credentials

Sample Courses

English Learner Methodologies

This online course focuses on the historical, theoretical, and practical aspects of English Language Development (ELD) and Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) in early childhood education. Students will explore language, literacy, and content acquisition for English learners through readings, discussions, activities, reflection, and classroom observations. The unique needs of children with special needs will be addressed throughout the course. Key topics include primary and second language acquisition, the role of language in learning, SDAIE strategies, lesson planning, inclusion, student assessment, differentiation of instruction, enrichment versus deficit models of schooling, and analysis of classroom discourse.

Technology in Early Childhood Education

This course provides an introduction to the use of technology to facilitate teaching and learning in Early Childhood Education. The course focuses on the effective use of instructional media and computers in the classroom. Emphasis is placed on the selection, operation, and evaluation of hardware and software for Educational use with young children.

Child, Family, and Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Education

This online course examines the requisite knowledge and skills for successfully establishing, supporting, and maintaining respectful collaborative relationships between today’s diverse families, schools/centers, and community resources. Students will also be introduced to inclusive programs for children and schools that serve young children with and without special needs.



  • The California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential qualifies candidates to teach in preschool, K-12 or in classes organized primarily for adults in self-contained classrooms.
  • The online B.A. ECE program provides coursework, fieldwork, and practicum experience required for various child development permits in the State of California and prepares graduates to teach in a variety of preschool settings.
  • The California Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential (Mild to Moderate Disabilities) Preliminary Education Specialist credential qualifies candidates to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities in grades K-12 and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22.
  • This credential is a two-tiered process; information on completing the second level is available through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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