At PLNU, we value passionate educators who have a heart for their students. Through the integrated studies program, aspiring teachers in the state of California will complete a bachelor’s degree while simultaneously earning a preliminary teaching credential.
Hybrid learning for today’s educators
If you are a para-educator with classroom experience or a career-changer looking to translate your experience into the education field, this hybrid ISEE program allows you to finish your bachelor’s degree while earning your teaching credential in as few as 16 months. Credential options include:
- Single subject
- Multiple subject
- Education specialist
Convenient, familiar locations to continue your education
The quality of PLNU education without the hassle of long commutes. This program features one in-person evening class per week at PLNU’s excellent Mission Valley and Bakersfield campuses, with the rest of the classes online. Rather than feeling like you’re starting a new program, you can continue your education in the environment that’s most comfortable and convenient for you.
Educational training on your terms
This program’s hybrid structure gives you the flexibility to learn when and where you want. You can complete coursework in the comfort of your home, favorite coffee shop, or local library while choosing a study schedule that works best for you. Having one in-person class per week will help you to build a routine that keeps you motivated without interrupting your weekly schedule.
Community and mentorship ideal for rising teachers
A key advantage to having weekly in-person classes is the ability to enjoy PLNU’s tight-knit community in person. You’ll be able to form meaningful connections with fellow students as you learn and grow together in your expertise as an educator.
"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
You’ll also have access to top-tier mentorship from professors and advisors. They’ll help you to leverage your strengths to expand your connections and career opportunities. You’ll be able to access resources tailored to you and your career goals.
Save time for life’s special moments
Learning shouldn’t prevent you from doing what you love. Coursework is designed to be flexible to your needs and help you balance your other life commitments.
While completing this program, you’ll still be able to continue spending time with family, thriving at your full- or part-time workplace, or leisure time.