Teacher Education

School of Education

Ever since you’ve been a student, you’ve wanted to be a teacher. Does the thrill you get from molding young minds and seeing students achieve their personal academic goals make you swell with pride?

We can help you get to where you want to be through the School of Education. You’ll enter as a student. You’ll leave as a teacher.


PLNU’s School of Education offers teacher education courses and selected credential and degree programs of academic rigor in an environment of vital Christianity in the Wesleyan tradition. Our commitment is to prepare thoughtful, culturally sensitive, scholarly, and professional educators who utilize the latest research and exemplary teaching methods. The faculty is committed to equipping students to become influential moral and ethical leaders in a highly competitive, diverse, and ever-changing society.

We're approved by the California Commission of Teacher Credentialing  to offer programs in multiple subject, single subject, and special education through both the undergraduate and graduate campuses. The undergraduate major is called Cross-Disciplinary Studies: Teacher Education, which is completed in conjunction with earning a Multiple Subject teaching credential.  Students interested to teach in the middle or high school choose a major in the subject matter they wish to teach.  Candidates earning a credential post BA on the graduate campus can choose between earning an elementary, secondary or Special Education teaching credential. While the primary focus of teacher education is to prepare teachers, many of the courses are also of value to those who are interested in professions such as social work, family and consumer sciences, religious studies, and early childhood education.
Special Features

  • PLNU has three campuses where students can earn a teaching credential: Mission Valley (San Diego), Bakersfield, and Inland Empire. Visit our School of Education page.
  • Student teaching for 85 observation hours

Career Opportunities

  • Teacher
  • Social worker
  • Graduate school