Integrated Studies with an Emphasis in Education, B.A.

Integrated Studies with an Emphasis in Education, B.A.


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.


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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."

 Steve Sonnich
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.

Professional Licensure or Certification

This program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and meets the requirements for educator certification in the state of California, where Point Loma Nazarene University is physically located. PLNU cannot confirm whether or not specific programs meet out-of-state requirements for Professional Licensure or Certification. Information about out-of-state requirements in teacher credentialing is available on this website

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Application Information

Program Start Date(s):

  • Fall 2021- August 30, 2021
  • Spring 2022 - January 10, 2022
  • Summer 2022 - QI, May 9, 2022
  • Fall 2022 - August 29, 2022

Application Deadline(s):

  • Fall 2021 – August 2, 2021
    All returning & exceptions students - July 19, 2021
  • Spring 2022 - November 22, 2021 

The Selection Process

We understand your application is not only a reflection of you as a student; it reflects you as a person. That’s why we are committed to reviewing your application thoroughly and giving it the individual care and attention it deserves. We believe you have more to offer than just a GPA, which is why there is no numeric formula that determines admittance. Rather, we holistically evaluate your academic history, work and life experience, background, and circumstances to determine admittance into the program. We strongly encourage you to apply, even if you’re unsure of your qualifications.

To be admitted into PLNU's integrated studies degree completion program, you must have completed at least 60-70 semester hours, from which 33 must be in general education, with a minimum cumulative GPA of at least a 2.75 from an accredited institution as evidenced by an official transcript sent directly from each college or university attended.*

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Application Checklist

NOTE: The application is completed entirely online with the exception of transcripts, which can be submitted electronically or directly to PLNU, and test scores, which should be submitted electronically.

  1. Submit online application for admissions.
  2. Submit official transcripts from each institution attended.

    Official transcripts must be sent to:
    Point Loma Nazarene University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    3900 Lomaland Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92106

    Official electronic transcripts must be emailed to:
  3. Submit a 500- to 600-word essay with your online application in APA format including the following:
    • Why you wish to join the integrated studies degree completion program
    • Your relevant academic and professional experience
    • Your future career or life goals
  4. Complete an interview with your faculty advisor.
  5. Basic Skills Exam: CBEST OR Equivalent*
    • Test scores should be emailed to
    • Please note: PLNU does not receive scores sent from testing centers

      *Options for meeting the Basic Skills Requirement:
      • Pass the CSET: Multiple Subjects Plus Writing Skills Examination
      • Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Examinations
      • Achieve qualifying score on the SAT or ACT
  6. Submit proof of registration for the CSET exam.

NOTE: All students are expected to have some proficiency with computer technology (email, Internet, word processing, etc.).

*Prospective students who meet the other criteria but do not have the required semester hours for entrance or are lacking in the core requirements will be advised how to correct any deficiency. An enrollment counselor will assist these students with the development of a written pre-admission educational plan, which may include bridge courses taken at PLNU. Only courses from an accredited institution where at least a grade of a “C” has been earned will be accepted by transfer. Prospective students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement can be considered for admission under exception. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

**General education deficiencies may be completed after admittance, but at least 20 hours must be completed prior to starting the program cohort. Three hours of appropriate prior learning credit (see below) may be used to meet one of the general education areas—with the exception of English Composition and Math.

***The PLNU General Education Learning Outcomes (GELO’s) will be addressed and measured within the PLNU degree program to ensure the GE outcomes that we value are demonstrated.

Career Opportunities

When you complete your B.A. and teaching credential through PLNU, you will be well positioned to fulfill your dream of a teaching career. PLNU graduates not only benefit from their strong academic preparation, but also from connections to local school districts, including opportunities to network and even interview with districts through PLNU.

With this degree, you will be prepared to work as a(n):

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • High School Teacher

You will also be ready to go on for advanced certificates, credentials, and a master's degree program in teaching or education.

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Financial Aid and Student Support

We take seriously the role of providing you with financial, academic, and career support so you have the tools you need to be successful at PLNU and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is required to be admitted into this program?

To be admitted into PLNU's integrated studies degree completion program, you must have completed at least 60-70 semester units from which 33 must be in general education, with a minimum cumulative GPA of at least a 2.75 from an accredited institution.

You must also have attained the minimum age of 23, OR minimum age of 21 with an associate’s degree, OR minimum age of 21 with significant work experience.

An attempted CBEST (passing score not required upon application, unless GPA is below 2.75)

Can I work while completing the program?

Yes! Our degree completion programs are designed for adult learners who often work full time or have other daily engagements preventing them from being a traditional student.

What scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available to me?

You will have the option to apply for a number of scholarships through Student Financial Services. This program qualifies for state and federal financial aid options. Contact your enrollment counselor for more information.

Do you accept transfer credits into your program?

Your college credits previously earned are analyzed by our records specialists and applied as appropriate; then your graduation plan and timeline is detailed for you. Upon entry to the program, the candidate’s transcripts of past coursework are evaluated to determine if any further general education (GE) requirements must be met.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Your college credits previously earned are analyzed by our records specialists and applied as appropriate; then your graduation plan and timeline is detailed for you. Upon entry to the program, the candidate’s transcripts of past coursework are evaluated to determine if any further general education (GE) requirements must be met.

How many days a week do classes meet?

Courses are offered in eight-week quads throughout the calendar year. Credential courses are offered in a traditional classroom face-to-face environment. Each class meets once a week from 4:30 to 9 p.m.

How many hours should I expect to spend in a classroom?

Students are required to take a few classes with a fieldwork component. These classes require 20 hours of fieldwork/observation.

How large will the classes be?

Class sizes are estimated to be 10 to 15 people.

Are international students eligible to apply?

Students seeking to receive credit at the university from an institution outside the U.S. are required to have their foreign transcript evaluated by a service accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A detailed or course-by-course report is required. Official foreign transcripts are submitted to the service of choice and the evaluations subsequently submitted directly to the Office of Records. Please contact Financial Aid and Student Support Services for more information.

What’s the difference between this degree completion program and a traditional undergraduate program?

The B.A. in integrated studies program is designed for students who’ve already completed some four-year or community college coursework and are looking to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree. The program provides greater flexibility and affordability than most traditional undergraduate programs while maintaining high academic quality by integrating evening courses. The program is ideal for students looking to advance in their careers while balancing work and family life.

PLNU is a Christian university, but I am not a Christian. Would I feel out of place in this program?

We welcome and encourage people of all backgrounds as students in our programs. Issues that relate to faith may be discussed in some classes, and engaging in discussion with individuals with alternative points of view will be encouraged as learning opportunities. Students will work within a learning community that is supportive academically, spiritually, and emotionally.

How many hours of transferable college credit are required for admissions to the program?

We require 60-70 semester hours, from which 33 must be in general education, with at least a 2.75 GPA from an accredited institution. Applicants who do not meet the minimum standards for admissions, but who can demonstrate an exceptionally rich experiential background and/or have shown a dramatic change in academic performance, may petition PLNU for a special review of their status.

When can I start the ISEE Program?

Students pursuing this program can only be admitted in quad I (beginning of the semester).

What are the general education requirements?

Students must transfer in a minimum of 33 units of general education courses in the following categories: English Writing (3 units), Communication (3 units), Mathematics (3 units), Natural Science (3 units), Humanities & Fine Arts (6 units), Social and Behavior Sciences (6 units), Bible & Theology (3 units), and other general education (6 units). Although students can take elective courses at PLNU, we do not offer general education courses for this program. Any outstanding GE requirements can be taken concurrent to the credential coursework, through another institution.

What courses are taken with PLNU?

A minimum of 37 units of the degree must be taken at PLNU, which must include a course in Biblical Perspectives (BST304M) and all coursework toward the California Teaching Credential. Students pursuing a multiple and single subject credential are required to take 33 semester units of coursework and fieldwork/clinical practice (student teaching) and students pursuing a special education credential (mild/moderate or moderate/severe) are required to take 39 semester units.

What's clinical practice or student teaching?

All candidates for an initial preliminary credential must complete eight units of clinical practice (student teaching) along with the requisite seminars, for a total of 10 units. Student teaching is completed during a whole semester under the supervision of a master teacher during school hours. Students are placed at participating schools by PLNU. Legally, we cannot place students in districts for which we do not have a memorandum of understanding in place. Students are not permitted to set up their own placements — no exceptions. Students under this program do not qualify for internships.

Does the CSET need to be passed before starting the program?

PLNU recommends students to have their CSET passed prior to starting the program. However, students whose GPA is above 2.5 can start the program before the CSET is passed. Please note that all students will need to have all subtests passed within 12 units in the program.

When must I have the CSET completed to advance in the program?

Students who don't have all subtests passed will not be able to register for the next semester. It is recommended students plan ahead because if they don't pass any of the subtests they will need to wait 45 days in order to have the test retaken, and some tests are not offered regularly. If students don't pass CSET successfully within 12 units they will be asked to take a break until the CSET is passed and will need to re-admit into the program.

What if I’m deployed or have work commitments that interfere with my class schedule?

We understand work commitments might make it difficult to complete your degree in the typical time frame. We'll work to accommodate you as best as possible to ensure you finish your degree while fulfilling your work obligations. For specific questions related to your circumstances, please reach out to your enrollment counselor.

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