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Pacific Oaks College    
2022-2023 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
  Jul 24, 2024
2022-2023 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education

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121 Credits


Pasadena, Online, San Jose, and off-campus locations

*The availability of off-campus 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.

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to complete a portfolio and submit through a designated platform 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.


To successfully complete your portfolio and program degree requirements and earn your degree you must earn no less than a letter grade ‘C’ and have all of the Portfolio elements submitted into Portfolium for BA ECE 410 to be considered for successful degree completion.  Any student earning less than the required letter grade must repeat the course.

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 121 semester credits is required to earn the Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Candidates in this program may transfer in up to 79 credits of approved courses from an accredited institution, taking the remaining 42 credits toward the degree at Pacific Oaks College. Candidates may also take all coursework at Pacific Oaks College to fulfill the requirements for the bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Candidates in this program will complete a Signature Assignment in various courses, which will be graded in through a designated platform 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 Portfolium).

General Education Requirements


The General Education (GE) program at Pacific Oaks is an important part of the undergraduate education.   A well-planned General Education program of study will provide students with the skills they will need to excel in whatever disciplines they choose to pursue. 

A certain number of GE courses may be shared with a student’s degree program. However, GE courses may only be used to complete one GE category.  GE courses may also be completed by Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) or college transfer credit. Please refer to the Transfer Credit Policy on PLA and transfer equivalencies.

To complete the General Education program requirements, each student must complete courses in the six categories listed below.  All GE courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better.


Pacific Oaks Culture and Pedagogy (3 credits required)

English Communication (9 credits required)

(at least one course in English Composition and one course in oral communication)

Mathematical Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits required)

Arts and Humanities (9 credits required)

At least one course from the arts and one course from humanities

Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 credits required)

Three courses from at least two disciplines 

Physical and Biological Sciences (7 credits required)

One physical science course and one biological science or life science course, at least one of which includes a lab

Total Required GE Credits: 40

Academic Advisors in the Center for Academic Advising can assist you with enrolling in GE courses.  They can direct you to suggested GE program options that meet your interests, help you with identifying shared GE courses in your degree program, and assist you in incorporating GE courses in your four-year plan. Faculty Advisors can also help you in selecting the best options to meet your academic goals.

Curriculum - 121 credits

Elective Courses: 21 Credits Required

(Can be transferred from an accredited institution upon approval by the Transfer Specialist)

GENELE1: General Elective 1

GENELE2: General Elective 2

GENELE3: General Elective 3

GENELE4: General Elective 4

GENELE5: General Elective 5

GENELE6: General Elective 6

GENELE7: General Elective 7

ECE Core Courses: 27 Credits Required

(Must be taken at Pacific Oaks College)

Concentration: 12 Credits 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.

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