Program Details

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Location:
Pasadena, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Undergraduate Certificate
Specialty:
Human Development

Program Overview

Program Description:
It is no secret that education in the United States lags significantly behind that of many other industrialized countries - and that there is an enormous need for qualified teachers prepared to tackle the contemporary challenges of today's classroom. On the leading edge of teacher training, Pacific Oaks College offers teacher credentialing programs that prepare students to think critically about diversity, culture and power in the classroom; understand that learning is a social, cultural, and cognitive process; and apply effective, pioneering approaches to helping students with diverse backgrounds, learning styles, and abilities uncover and realize their unique potentials. Students select from three credential programs: -Preliminary Multiple Subject English Learner Credential, or MSEL/2042 -Education Specialist Credential, Mild to Moderate Disabilities Level I -Education Specialist Credential, Mild to Moderate Disabilities Level II * Students also have the option to earn both their MSEL and ESC Level I credentials simultaneously (“dual credentialing”)—preparing them to teach in general education as well as special education settings. * Curriculum is based on the Teaching Performance Expectations (TPE’s) required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). * In keeping with Pacific Oaks College’s emphasis on experiential learning, coursework combines both classroom learning and fieldwork at more than 25 local public schools, enabling students to draw powerful connections between theory and practice. * An apprenticeship model in which advanced students encourage, challenge, and guide newer students, and our practitioner faculty (with years of real-world experience) provide close, individualized training and mentorship to every student. *Prepares students to be advocates for diversity and inclusion in education, taking an active stand around issues of equity and access. Graduates are equipped with a sophisticated understanding of the social, political, and cultural contexts of child and human development, preparing them to be effective advocates for democracy in education at the school, district, and state level. In keeping with Pacific Oaks College's emphasis on experiential learning, coursework combines both classroom learning and fieldwork at more than 25 local public schools, enabling students to draw powerful connections between theory and practice. ABOUT PACIFIC OAKS COLLEGE Pacific Oaks College is a nonprofit, accredited institution offering bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate programs in early childhood education*, human development, counseling, and teaching credentialing. Founded more than 60 years ago by a small group of Quaker families, Pacific Oaks College is dedicated to the fundamental Quaker principles of inclusion, social justice, and the valuing of every human being. The institution is known and recognized for its pioneering efforts to reduce bias within our nation’s education system, and for equipping graduates with the skills they need to help people from diverse backgrounds, learning styles, and strengths uncover and realize their unique individual potentials. Students report that attending Pacific Oaks College is a transforming experience, enabling them to emerge empowered to stand up for themselves and others—and to help those they serve become all they can be. *Will be offered in fall 2011, pending approval from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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Accreditation:
Pacific Oaks is accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) since 1959. http://www.pacificoaks.edu/Consumer_Disclosures

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