At PLNU, we value passionate educators who have a heart for their students.
Our Integrated Studies with an Emphasis in Education program provides for approximately 100 hours of fieldwork in local public schools and is an ideal major for aspiring teachers wanting to teach elementary grade levels.
This major allows you to finish your bachelor’s degree while earning your teaching credential. Credential options include single-subject, multiple-subject, mild-moderate special education, and moderate-severe special education.
With more than 100 years of experience, PLNU's School of Education is a vital Christian learning community that exists to develop high-performing, reflective educators of noble character. Our graduates impact the lives of learners to influence the broader community.
With coursework scheduled to meet and accommodate your personal and professional commitments, you can earn your bachelor's degree and teaching credential in as few as 16 months. Time to completion depends on the number of units transferred in and number of credentials you seek to complete.
Earn a Teaching Credential
If you are a para-educator with classroom experience or a career changer looking to translate your experience into the education field, this program will equip you with the certification required to teach in your own classroom.
"PLNU has established a reputation within the community for producing well trained, reflective teacher candidates who are committed to the profession."
Dr. Lori Aragon
Assistant Superintendent, Greenfield Union School District, Kern County
Join a Community of Educators
PLNU will empower you with the professional support you need to feel confident about putting your new degree into practice. From master teachers and faculty to mentor you to career counselors to guide your employment search, you will receive the assistance you need to meet your goals.
"Our teacher education program is designed to provide multiple pathways for candidates to achieve teaching credentials and advanced degrees. We model approaches to teaching that are relational and supportive while also giving candidates research-based strategies and fieldwork experiences in the classroom."
Dr. Shirlee Gibbs
Coordinator, M.A. in Teaching Program and Professor of Education
Impact Your Community
With coursework grounded in research and tied to critical issues educators face, you’ll be ready to have a real impact. Our reputation and strong community relationships mean local schools and districts work directly with PLNU to interview and hire our graduates.
"As the Associate Administrator, Human Resources, of one of the largest employers in East County San Diego, we find that PLNU graduates are among the best we are honored to consider. This is not an accident. PLNU hires excellent staff and focuses their programs on supporting students, top-tier preparation, and connecting them to employers. They know what they are doing, which provides us with confidence when we hire their graduates."
Retired Associate Administrator of Human Resources, Grossmont Union High School District
More reasons to choose PLNU’s degree completion program:
- Earn your degree and credential in as little as 16 months.
- Participate in interviews, workshops, and other professional development events with local schools and districts to enhance your education and build your network.
- Learn alongside people who share your values, goals, and love for students.
- Receive support every step of the way, from applying and test prep to career counseling.
- Prepare for success with no-cost basic skills refresher courses.
- Learn in a Christian environment where you will be valued and cared for as a whole person.