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Online Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education: Elementary Education and Special Education (MS & SPED/MM)

The online B.A. Early Childhood Education Degree Completion (ECE): Elementary Education and Special Education 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

Qualifies candidates to teach special education or multiple subject K-12

Online Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education: Elementary Education and Special Education (MS & SPED/MM)

Pacific Oaks’ online B.A. Early Childhood Education: Elementary Education and Special Education bachelor’s completion degree 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, using diversity and inclusion to tailor learning experiences to the cultural needs of all children. The online B.A. ECE degree program requires three units of fieldwork including observation in early childhood setting, and 600 hours of supervised practicum experience

This bachelor’s degree program in Early Childhood Education 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 B.A. 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 into 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.

Sample Program Sequence




  • 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.

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