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Online Master’s Degree in Education: Elementary Education

Combining advanced study in theory and practice with the academic requirements for the California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, the online M.A. Elementary Education program allows students to take the step toward advancing their careers while balancing life and work commitments.

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1 1/2 years full-time or 2 1/2 years part-time

43 units required for completion

Three units of practicum, including observation in various age groups, abilities and diversities required.

Online Master’s Degree in Education: Elementary Education

This online joint degree/credential program combines online learning and fieldwork—available in over 25 local public schools—enabling students to understand the connection between theory and practice. The Master of Arts in Education with Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential is designed for candidates dedicated to instructional leadership in the K-6 setting. Courses meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) requirements for a Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential and meet requirements for a Master of Arts degree in Education.

This online education degree program is not available to students who live outside of California.

Sample Degree Courses


ED 509: Learning Theories and the Social, Political, and Economic Factors that have Influenced Education

This course is designed to provide all teacher candidates with an understanding of various learning theories and the intersection of social, political, and economic factors which have influenced education in the United States. Candidates will explore their own epistemology and the various cultural, economic, political, and social influences that have shaped their view of the teaching and learning process. Emphasis will be placed on the history of ethical and legal decisions which have impacted current educational systems, assessments, and curricular decisions that impact learning environments. Candidates will learn about constructivism as it relates to the distinct Pacific Oaks mission and core values and how to integrate these values into teaching students at various developmental levels. In addition, this course will provide candidates with an overview of the teacher certification process in California, federal and state laws that govern education, and current reform trends.

ED 552: The Art of Teaching Science: Inspiring Curiosity, Analytic Thinking, and Scientific Inquiry

This three-unit course provides an introduction to teaching the art of scientific methodology to students at varying developmental levels in grades K-8. Course topics include teaching strategies, lesson design, instructional planning, and the selection of science materials and resources. A focus of this course will be equipping the teacher with the skills necessary to foster curiosity, analytic thinking, and scientific inquiry among K-8 students in self-contained classroom environments.

Sample Program Sequence

Other M.A. Education & Teacher Credentialing Programs


The California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential qualifies candidates to teach in K-12 multiple subjects in self-contained classrooms.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Application Fee
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Official CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) scores*

*Passing the CBEST exam is an admissions expectation. However, applicants in the M.A. Education: Elementary Education, M.A. Education: Special Education, Elementary Education, or Special Education 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.