Teacher Credentialing Programs
In order to teach in the state of California, students must acquire the appropriate teaching credentials. Any credential program must be approved by state of California, and once completed, students must pass examinations in order to receive certification.
We pride ourselves on being on the forefront of teacher training. We follow a progressive teacher credentialing program model that prepares students to think critically about diversity, culture, and power. In our Northern and Southern California campus locations, students learn to apply these principles in the classroom and uncover a child’s true learning potential.
Reports indicate that California is experiencing a record shortage of qualified teachers. Current estimates show that California will need an additional 100,000 teachers in the next decade.
What is Teacher Credentialing?
Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree may choose to pursue Pacific Oaks’ Stand-Alone California Teaching Credential programs or advance their career potential through our master’s degree programs. These credentials are a two-tiered process; information on completing the second level is available through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
- Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
- Qualifies graduates to teach in preschool, K-6, or in classes organized primarily for adults in a self-contained classroom.
- 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.
Title II Reports for passage rates of license examination
Pacific Oaks College complies with all federal government reporting requirements pursuant to Section 207 of the Higher Education Act Title II passed by congress in 1998. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the California Student Aid Commission require a link to the most current year passing rates of the license examination according to AB 2086. Please see the California Title II Data Dashboards for information on the most recent academic year for which data is available.
Teacher Credentialing and Education Degree Programs Offered at Pacific Oaks
Joint Degree/Credentialing Programs
- B.A. in Early Childhood Education with Dual Credential
- B.A. in Early Childhood Education with Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
- M.A. in Education with Preliminary Education Specialist Credential
- M.A. in Education with Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
Stand-Alone California Teaching Credential Programs
- California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
- California Preliminary Education Specialist Credential
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is the first year of a child’s kindergarten experience. The state of California requires that teachers who are assigned to TK classrooms have 24 units in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or equivalent professional experience in a preschool classroom. Pacific Oaks offers TK courses to help credentialed teachers fulfill this requirement.
- Elementary School Teacher in California—including kindergarten and grades 1-12
- Teacher for students with mild to moderate disabilities in preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1-12 in classroom settings as well as adults through the age of 22