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2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
  Aug 14, 2018
2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts in Human Development with Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

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Pasadena, Online, San Jose

Program Overview

The bachelor’s degree program in Human Development with a Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential provides students with a fundamental knowledge base for educating and developing learning environments for young children from kindergarten to third grade.

The curriculum is based on a constructivist framework that is responsive to multiple sources of diversity in early childhood education. As actively engaged participants, candidates in this 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Define early childhood national trends and recall theories and research-based educational and administrative practices in education and educational leadership.
  2. Conduct observations for typically and atypically developing children in an early childhood setting. Utilize various assessments tools and inquiry strategies to assess potential cultural bias and stereotypes.
  3. Generate, implement and evaluate educational curriculums for the cognitive, social, and emotional needs of students in an early childhood environment.
  4. Design and implement outcome-based learning experiences using action research for the teaching and learning of students in an early childhood classroom.
  5. Apply 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.
  6. Examine and demonstrate research-based practices through the use of technology, instructional strategies, and standard-aligned curriculum to construct comprehensible subject-matter content for the teaching and learning of our diverse student populations.
  7. Identify, formulate, and apply formative and summative assessments to monitor and assess the learning of students through direct and indirect evidence.
  8. Examine and integrate a culturally responsive pedagogy through best practices for the connecting, engaging and supporting of students’ cognitive, emotional, social, and physical aspect for the sustainment of educational equity with our diverse student populations.
  9. Design curricula and plan instruction through the immersion of a culture-centered learning framework utilizing the students’ background knowledge to teach, adapt, and support the teaching and learning of all student learners.
  10. Demonstrate the use of effective strategies to create and maintaining effective environments to connect meaningful subject-matter and promote students’ life experiences for teaching and learning of diverse student populations. 
  11. Reflect and articulate through effective communication, collaboration, and engagement with parents/care-givers, teachers, administrators, and community members for the continued development as a professional educator.

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

Application Requirements

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

Admission Standards

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Successfully complete CBEST (California Basic Education Skills Test)
  • 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 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

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

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to 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 3.0 is required for graduation.

Fieldwork and Clinical Practice Requirements

Fieldwork consists of observation, supervised clinical experience, and Student Teaching. Observation and fieldwork are done through 75 hours of practicum experiences early on in the program. In order for candidates to participate in observations and fieldwork experiences in school settings they must obtain TB clearance and CTC clearance, which includes a background check. Prior to Student Teaching, credential candidates must complete the following by March 1st for Fall semester placement or by October 1st for Spring semester placement:

  • CBEST (verification of successful completion as an admissions requirement for the BA ECE with Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential)
  • Coursework must be completed prior to the start of the Student Teaching semester
  • TPA 1 and 2
  • CSET
  • Certificate of Clearance/CTC Permit
  • TB clearance
  • CPR certification (Current-Adult, infant, child)
  • U.S. Constitution
  • Signature Assignments and Evaluations completed in Taskstream
  • Student Teaching Interview

The above requirements will be verified by the Credential Analyst prior to approving a candidate’s Student Teaching placement location for fall or spring. Once a candidate’s placement is secured, the candidate will be required to attend a Student Teaching Orientation before the semester begins.

Number of Admit Terms per Year:

Ground (1)


Online (3)

Fall Session I

Spring Session I

Summer Session I

Program Requirements

A minimum of 127 semester units is required to earn the Bachelor’s degree in Human Developemnt with Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Applicants should have at least 60 transferable semester units towards the 127 semester units required to complete this B.A. degree. Candidates in this program will complete all Signature Assignments from each course and submit their Teacher Performance Assessments (TPAs) in Task Stream. The portfolio is comprised of signature assignments and other assignments completed and or collected by the candidate throughout their credential program coursework; the TPAs are a series of four essays and for the fourth assessment a videotape of teaching a lesson.

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 towards degree completion.

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


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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