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Online Master’s Degree in Education: Elementary Education

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Location: Pasadena, Online

Combining advanced study in theory and practice with the academic requirements for the California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, the Online Master of Arts in Elementary Education program allows students to advance their careers in elementary education. Our online master’s and teaching credential program offers exceptional resources for those whose pursuit of a career in elementary education requires the flexibility of an online program.

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.

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Online Education: Elementary Education

The M.A. in Elementary Education online joint degree/credential program combines online learning and fieldwork— in more than 25 local public schools—enabling students to understand the connection between theory and practice. The M.A. in Elementary 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 degree in Education.

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

Other Online Master’s in Education and Teacher Credentialing Programs


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

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Learn about the teaching credentialing process for elementary education and special education teachers in California, and how the B.A., M.A., and stand-alone teacher education degree programs at Pacific Oaks College help prepare you to make a difference in the classroom. Hear about our approach to preparing you for your career and the way we support you to become a culturally-minded role model for your students.

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.

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*