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Online Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education: Trauma Studies

Pacific Oaks’ online B.A. Early Childhood Education: Trauma Studies program focuses on detecting signs of trauma in children and provide plans for helping them in classroom or childcare environments.

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2 years full-time or 4 years part-time

63 units required for completion

Presented through a multicultural lens

Online B.A. Early Childhood Education: Trauma Studies

Trauma can affect children for a lifetime. It is imperative that professionals in the education field are able to detect signs of trauma and know how to address them with understanding and care. Graduates of this online Bachelor’s-completion program will have the foundation to provide guidance and support to children who have faced trauma including abuse, divorce, immigration, bias, discrimination, and a host of other damaging experiences.

Other Online B.A. Early Childhood Education Specializations & Credentials

Sample ECE Online Courses

Creating Inclusive Learning Environments

This course explores values, policies, and practices that support the right of every infant and young child (and his or her family) to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts. Students will be introduced to issues of power and privilege; theories and models of cultural diversity; and Educational policy related to issues of access and equity. The focus of the course is to integrate knowledge of various cultural frameworks into the development of inclusive learning environments that provide access to early childhood education in a diverse society.

Development of Bicultural Children

This class will specifically focus on a framework of bicultural development as it compares with monocultural developmental theories. The pertinent issues and major social-ecological influences that play an important role in shaping the development of bicultural children will be explored. Culture and cognition, bilingualism, the biculturation process, and cultural psychological dynamics as they relate to personality and development and identity formation will be examined. An overview of the current literature in the field will also be discussed.

Emergent Curriculum: Reflecting Learner Lives

In this class, students will explore sources of emergent curriculum focusing on the community, that teachers and learners implement together, utilizing the emergent curriculum process-observation, analysis, collaboration, research and documentation, implications for learners of all ages will be analyzed, with a focus on the early childhood and school-age classroom.


  • Pasadena
  • San Jose
  • Online


This online B.A. degree completion 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