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Bachelors in Early Childhood Education with Trauma Studies Concentration

The B.A. Early Childhood Education Degree Completion Program (ECE): Trauma Specialization is a highly specialized degree program that will prepare graduates with the knowledge, tools, and techniques to help guide and support children facing tremendous strain at a highly impressionable time in their lives.

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63 Units needed for completion

2 years full-time or 4 years part-time

Eligible for Prior Learning Assessment Credits

B.A. Early Childhood Education: Trauma Studies

B.A. in Early Childhood Education: Trauma Studies degree students will learn how to detect signs and symptoms of trauma in the early childhood setting. Graduates of this bachelor’s in ECE Trauma Studies Specialization program, offered at our Pasadena and San Jose campuses, will be able to assist in finding the right help for children and families in crisis.

Other Early Childhood Education Specializations and Teaching Credentials

Sample Trauma Studies Courses

Family Violence and Child Abuse

Students will examine methods used in the identification of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse and neglect in young children. This ECE course will incorporate an emphasis on the identification of child abuse and developing skills for working with children and families. It includes:

  • What are child maltreatment, neglect, and abuse?
  • What are the risk factors contributing to child abuse?
  • How to recognize physical and behavioral indicators of child abuse and maltreatment?
  • Understanding the law: Mandated Child Abuse reporting
  • Protective custody

Death, Divorce, and Difficult Times

This Early Childhood Education Trauma Studies course will explore the impact of death and divorce in the life of a young child. It will include an understanding of the grieving process, and early childhood attachment. Theories of attachment as well as the continuum of possible attachment-related behaviors are explained. Methods to facilitate healthy attachment are discussed. It includes:

  • What is Early Childhood pain and loss?
  • What is grief?
  • What are the emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and physical reactions that children can have?
  • Why does divorce lower children’s well-being?
  • How does inter-parental conflict affect children?
  • What interventions might benefit children of divorce?
  • What directions should future research in this topic take?



The B.A. in Early Childhood Education: Trauma Studies program provides the coursework, fieldwork, and practicum experience required for various child development permits in the state of California.

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