Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education: Elementary Education and Special Education (MS & SPED/MM)
The curriculum for Pacific Oaks’ Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education: Elementary Education and Special Education includes facilitating cognitive development, nurturing language, motor skills, psychosocial learning, and problem-solving. Students in this Elementary Education and Special Education on-campus program are qualified to teach both general education students grades K-12 in a variety of subjects as well as students with mild or moderate disabilities in self-contained classrooms.
After completing early childhood development coursework for the B.A. Early Childhood Education: Elementary Education and Special Education degree program, students will be qualified for the California Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential (mild to moderate disabilities) and the Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.
Sample Early Childhood Education Courses
ED 305: Social, Political, and Economic Foundations of Education
ED 305 will provide the teacher candidate with the theory, philosophy, and examples of the social, political, and economic foundations of education. The emphasis will be on historical, legal and ethical, philosophical and political issues that will occur in both general education and special education settings. In addition, ED 305 explains the teacher certification process in California and will focus on broad educational issues of structures, policies, equity, and what it will mean to be a teacher in a public school. Specifically, candidates will investigate the following general and special education topics: federal, state, and local structures, governance and demographics, education finance, standardized testing, teacher associations, California laws, school reform trends, and professional development.
SPED 331: The Student with Special Needs
SPED 331 will provide candidates with a comprehensive understanding of the atypical human development conditions associated with various disabilities and risk conditions. The course will explore the impact of various disabilities on development and learning and how different cultural settings may impact both exceptional groups of learners and students with disabilities. An introduction to the process of understanding and developing Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) will also be discussed, explored, and applied including the role of a Case Manager. Furthermore, candidates will learn about principles of IDEA. To best serve children in public or private schools, teachers must learn to integrate constructivist approaches, standards- based instruction, and technology within a challenging and interesting curriculum.
Other Early Childhood Education Specializations and Teaching Credentials
- The California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential qualifies candidates to teach preschool, K-12, or in classes organized primarily for adults in a self-contained classroom.
- The California Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential (Mild to Moderate Disabilities) qualifies candidates to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities in grades K–12 and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22.
- Pacific Oaks College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
- Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
- Successfully complete CBEST (California Basic Education Skills Test) – passing test required in order to teach in California
- 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 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
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended
- Personal statement