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.
Please note: This online education degree program is not available to students who live outside of California. Students enrolled in our online California teacher credential preparation program MUST complete all observation, fieldwork, and student teaching hours in California classrooms.
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.
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.