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  Nov 25, 2017
 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education


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Locations

Pasadena, Online, San Jose, and Offsite locations

*The availability of off-site locations depends on enrollment.

Program Overview

The bachelor’s degree program in Early Childhood Education provides students with a fundamental knowledge base for educating and developing learning environments for young children from birth through age eight based on an understanding of the characteristics and needs of early childhood. The curriculum is based on a constructivist framework that is responsive to multiple sources of diversity in early childhood education. As actively engaged participants, students in the Early Childhood Education program learn about essential principles and theories of pedagogy and child development and engage in supervised learning experiences to integrate and apply their knowledge. Learning experiences throughout the curriculum are characterized by inquiry, self-reflection, collaboration with others, and problem-solving. Acknowledging multiple influences on child development and learning, the program emphasizes the importance of developing respectful and reciprocal relationships to create supportive and challenging learning environments. Coursework focuses on strategies of inclusion, issues of equity, social justice, and cultural competence.

The core curriculum for the bachelor’s degree programs in Early Childhood Education is designed to prepare students to design, implement, and evaluate curriculum as competent professionals in early childhood education. The curriculum focuses on providing a framework for understanding how young children learn; introducing students to the use of observation, documentation, and other assessment strategies in early childhood education; and affirming the role of family, school, and community on child development and learning. Key issues in diversity and assessment are integrated throughout the core curriculum to promote the application of course content to a pluralistic society and to educational settings that are increasingly characterized by widely varying levels of language proficiency, socio-economic status, (dis)ability, and other important variables that impact learning among young children. Students have the opportunity to further explore topics such as children’s literature, play in childhood, and working with infant and toddlers by completing additional coursework from a list of restricted electives. Each course within the program is designed to provide a transformative learning environment in which students examine course content from multiple points of reference, including their own cultural worldviews.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Define early childhood national trends, theory, and research-based educational and administrative practices for education.
  2. Conduct observations for typically and atypically developing children in an early childhood setting. Utilize various assessment and inquiry tools and inquiry strategies to assess potential cultural bias and stereotypes.
  3. Generate, implement and evaluate educational curricula for cognitive, social, and emotional needs of students in an early childhood classroom.
  4. Design and implement outcome- based learning experiences using action research for the teaching and learning of students in an early childhood classroom.
  5. Demonstrate critical thinking and creative processes through an ethical and professional decision-making working with children, families, communities and educational leadership in the early childhood field.

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

Application Requirements:

  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Application Fee
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Official Transcripts from All Institutions Attended

Admission Standards

  • 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 60 units (12 contingency units are allowed) 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

Please note: Prior coursework will be evaluated as part of the Admissions process.

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to complete a portfolio and submit to Taskstream to be considered eligible for graduation. Subsequently, the student can submit the Petition for Degree Completion and fee to the Office of the Registrar the semester before they anticipate completing their degree requirements. Students must submit the application, settle all outstanding fees with the Student Finance Office, satisfy any deficiencies, and be in good standing in their program for the bachelor’s degree to be awarded.

Note: A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for graduation..

Fieldwork Requirements

Fieldwork consists of observation and supervised clinical experience/teaching. Students may not complete their fieldwork at their current place of employment. Placements will be determined by the School of Education ECE core faculty in conjunction with the student.

Number of Admit Terms per Year:

Ground (6)

  • Fall Sessions I & II
  • Spring Sessions I & II
  • Summer Sessions I & II

Online (6)

  • Fall Sessions I & II
  • Spring Sessions I & II
  • Summer Sessions I & II

Program Requirements

A minimum of 123 semester units is required to earn the Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Pacific Oaks courses  fulfill the requirements for the 63 semester units of the Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Candidates in this program will complete a Signature Assignment in each course, which will be graded in Taskstream by the course instructor. The compilation of all the signature assignments and other assignments will result in the creation of the final portfolio.

Prior to registering for classes, it is recommended that students meet with their Faculty Advisor to identify the appropriate classes to take and to review their progress toward degree completion.

All ground courses are considered Blended as each has an online component (Canvas and Taskstream).

STEAM Specialization (12 units required)


Students still requiring further coursework to complete bachelor’s degree requirements will work with their faculty advisor to add further electives to their coursework to complete requirements.

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education - Transfer Option


Locations

No longer accepting applications for this program

Program Overview

Pacific Oaks understands that what a student learns on the job can be as valuable as what is learned in the classroom, and we offer a way for students to use that real world experience to accelerate degree completion and career advancement.

The transfer option allows a student to earn up to 24 credit hours to be applied toward the completion of a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education through Prior Learning Assessment (see PLA section of the catalog) or by transfer credit.

Program Learning Outcomes

Define early childhood national trends, theory, and research-based educational and administrative practices for education. 

Conduct observations for typically and atypically developing children in an early childhood setting. Utilize various assessment and inquiry tools and inquiry strategies to assess potential cultural bias and stereotypes. 

Generate, implement and evaluate educational curricula for cognitive, social, and emotional needs of students in an early childhood classroom.

Design and implement outcome- based learning experiences using action research for the teaching and learning of students in an early childhood classroom.

Demonstrate critical thinking and creative processes through an ethical and professional decision-making working with children, families, communities and educational leadership in the early childhood field.

 

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

  • Application Requirements:
  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Application Fee
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Official Transcripts from All Institutions Attended

 

Admission Standards

» 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 60 units (12 contingency units are allowed) 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

» Students are required to complete certain requirements to be approved for this option, which include:

5 to 10 years of verifiable work experience in Early Childhood Education or related field to earn credit for their life experience.

Complete CLE application prior to starting the HD489/HD499 course and have approval to be in this option from the CLE Committee.

Complete HD489/HD499 which will help students develop their portfolio.

Portfolio needs to be completed and approved by the CLE Committee prior to credit being applied to student’s record.

Please note: Prior coursework will be evaluated as part of the Admissions process.

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to complete a portfolio and submit to Taskstream to be considered eligible for graduation. Subsequently, the student can submit the Petition for Degree Completion and fee to the Office of the Registrar the semester before they anticipate completing their degree requirements. Students must submit the application, settle all outstanding fees with the Student Finance Office, satisfy any deficiencies, and be in good standing in their program for the bachelor’s degree to be awarded.

Note: All coursework to be applied toward the core course requirements for the bachelor’s degree must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for graduation. If a student receives a grade below a ‘C’ in a course, the student is not required to take it over, even though the student can choose to do so. A grade below the required average will adversely affect the student’s academic standing.

Fieldwork Requirements

Fieldwork consists of observation and supervised clinical experience/teaching. Students may not complete their fieldwork at their current place of employment. Placements will be determined by the School of Education in conjunction with the studentNumber of Admit Terms per Year:

No longer accepting applications for this program

Program Requirements

A minimum of 123 semester units is required to earn the Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with CLE. A minimum of 39 of those units must be completed through Pacific Oaks course work to fulfill the requirements for the 123 semester units of the Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Applicants should have at least 60 transferable semester units and may transfer in up to 84 units towards the 123 required for B.A. completion. Candidates in this program will complete a Signature Assignment in each course, which will be graded in Taskstream by the course instructor. The compilation of all the signature assignments and other assignments will result in the creation of the final portfolio.

All ground courses are considered Blended as each has an online component (Canvas and Taskstream).

 

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education with Credit for Learning from Experience (CLE) Curriculum

 

GE300:  Success at Pacific Oaks College

ECE365:   Technology in Early Childhood Education

ECE320:   Creating Inclusive Learning Environments

ECE305:   Cognitive Development: How Children Learn

ECE415:  Family Violence and Child Abuse

ECE 406:  Emergent Curriculum: Reflecting Learner Lives

ECE301:   Foundations of ECE and Current Issues in the Education of Young Children

ECE 391:  Supervised Practicum in Early Childhood Education

ECE 410:  Portfolio Seminar

 

Specialization tracks (Choose 12 credits from one track)

Generalist Track

ECE 306:  Play in Childhood

ECE 370:  Infants and Toddlers

ECE 432:  Children’s Literature

ECE 332:  Introduction to Special Education:  Early Childhood Education

ECE 352:  The Inclusive Early Childhood Education Classroom (prerequisite: ECE 332)

Trauma Track

ECE 416:  Seperation, Deployment Trauma, and Early Development

ECE 417:  Death, Divorce, and Difficult Times

ECE 418:  Trauma, Culture, and Immigration

ECE 419:  Parent Incarceration and Its Impact

STEAM Track

ECE 435:  Integration of Science and Technology

ECE 436:  Thinking, Reasoning, and Discovering Mathematics

ECE 437:  Integration of Engineering and Simple Robotics

ECE 438:  Integration of Teaching and Learning STEAM Lessons

Students still requiring further coursework to complete bachelor’s degree requirements will work with their faculty advisor to add further electives to their coursework to complete requirements.

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