Cross-Disciplinary Studies: Teacher Education, B.A.

Program Overview

Always dreamed of being a teacher? Want to make a difference in the lives of children? Maybe you spent your childhood playing school, or perhaps a great teacher inspired you to follow in his or her footsteps. Maybe you've always known you wanted to teach elementary school. Or perhaps you're drawn to this calling for the first time. However you've been drawn to the classroom, if you want to be an elementary school teacher, cross-disciplinary studies: teacher education is the ideal major for you.

PLNU's teacher preparation program will:

  • Give you real classroom experience through approximately 100 hours of fieldwork in local public schools
  • Allow you to complete coursework for your B.A. and preliminary teaching credential in just 4.5 years (rather than the more typical five years)
  • Prepare you to pass the tests required for an elementary school or special education teaching credential
  • Ready you in an area of concentration (such as mathematics), so you can earn important supplemental authorizations for teaching in the upper elementary and middle
    school grades (grades 6-8)
  • Give you the option of preparing for and earning multiple subject (for elementary school teaching) and special education credentials for greater versatility and job preparedness
  • Ground you with a strong focus on serving students, making a difference, and employing your faith in your vocation

The PLNU School of Education has an outstanding reputation in San Diego. PLNU is known for graduating teachers who are well-prepared to lead in their classrooms, who care deeply for their students, and who act ethically with a strong servant-minded perspective.

PLNU's partnerships with local school districts help to meet real community needs while making you classroom-ready when you graduate.

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Deborah Erickson

Dr. Deborah Erickson, dean of the School of Education, has been on faculty at PLNU since 2013, after serving 11 years in faculty and leadership positions at the Graduate School of Education at California Lutheran University.

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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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Student Support

For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student 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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Career Opportunities

If you want to be an elementary school teacher, cross-disciplinary studies: teacher education is the program for you. With this degree, you will be able to earn your bachelor's degree and multiple subject and/or special education credentials in just 4.5 years (rather than the usual five). What's more, PLNU has an excellent reputation in the local education community, meaning you will have a degree and experience that will position you to find a teaching job after graduating.

A Bachelor of Arts in Cross-Disciplinary Studies: Teacher Education prepares you for the following careers:

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher

To teach at the middle or high school level, students with majors in other subject areas are encouraged to take core teacher education courses as part of their undergraduate preparation.

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