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Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education: Elementary Education

Students enrolled in the on-campus B.A. Early Childhood Education: Elementary Education program complete coursework and specialized practice to meet the requirements for the California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential—enabling graduates to teach children in any self-contained classroom, preschool, K-12, or in classes organized primarily for adults.

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61 Units needed for completion

2 years full-time or 4 years part-time

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Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education: Elementary Education

The Bachelors in Early Childhood Education Elementary Education curriculum at Pacific Oaks is based on a constructivist framework that is responsive to multiple sources of diversity in the education of children. By engaging in supervised learning experiences, students in this teaching credentialing program learn about essential principles of pedagogy and child development.

All Pasadena courses have an online component; either blended with face-to-face instruction on campus or fully online. Throughout the elementary education program, students will take part in self-reflection, collaboration with others, and problem-solving.

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Sample Elementary Education Courses

ECE 301: Foundations of ECE and Current Issues in the Education of Young Children

This course explores the foundations of early childhood education from birth through age eight. Students will examine theories, history, curriculum, program applications, current issues and trends, and best practices.

ED 362: Teaching Thematically: Social Science and Visual/Performing Arts

In this course, candidates will learn teaching methods used to design thematic lessons in Social Science and Visual and Performing Arts for young children. Candidates will learn how to integrate principles and practices for teaching history/social science and visual/performing arts and how to use a variety of resources to create a culturally inclusive and dynamic learning environment for various developmental levels. Lessons developed in this course will reflect the California State Framework for History-Social Science and the Framework for Visual and Performing Arts and the History/Social Science Content Standards for California, demonstrate respect and appreciation for cultural and linguistic diversity, incorporate current technologies, and include multiple historical perspectives and geographic content.

Sample Program Sequence



Admission Requirements

  • Completed application for admission
  • Application fee
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts from the bachelor’s degree-granting institution
  • Official CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) scores*
  • Letter of recommendation required for students whose cumulative GPA is below 2.0
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher except in professional education from a regionally accredited institution

*Passing the CBEST exam is an admissions expectation. However, applicants in the M.A. Education: Elementary Education, M.A. Education Special Education Instruction Credential, Elementary Education, or Special Education Instruction Credential programs will be granted admission for 1 semester or 2 sessions if they have scheduled their CBEST exam at the time of application. Students without passing CBEST scores at the time of admission must participate in the CBEST workshop and support programs provided by the College. These students must pass the CBEST exam within 1 semester or 2 sessions to be allowed to progress in the program. Students who fail to pass the CBEST within this timeframe will be given the opportunity to change to the M.A. Human Development program but must meet all admissions requirements for that program. Students who do not wish to change programs will be withdrawn. Students must request results of the exam be sent to Pacific Oaks College. The CBEST exam can be taken multiple times by the student, with a 45-day waiting period after each exam.