Education and Learning | Academic Advising Handbook
The Education and Learning major is a joint offering of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education. It is designed to provide students with a deep understanding of the psychological, developmental, and curricular foundations of education. This major builds a strong foundation for careers working with children and in various educational programs, including classroom teaching. It may also prepare students for a variety of roles in the community.
The Education and Learning major is required for students who decide to earn the Initial Teaching License for the state of Oregon for Multiple Subjects or SPED as part of their undergraduate education at Pacific University.
The Education and Learning major (as well as many other majors at Pacific) is a good choice for those who want to complete a liberal arts degree as an undergraduate and then secure an Oregon Initial Teaching License as part of a Master's program (see our MAT Fifth-Year program for an example). A minor in a complementary subject area is required for those who choose this route. Courses leading to the ESOL endorsement (which could lead to the TESOL minor by adding Foreign Language proficiency equivalent to 201 and one of the language or cultural studies courses from the TESOL list--see TESOL minor on the Pacific website for more information) is highly recommended for any one who is planning on earning a teaching license. The Spanish minor is particularly beneficial as well. The Professional Courses for Multiple Subjects Or SPED Teaching License are required for students who choose to earn a license for teaching as a part of their undergraduate education at Pacific.
Declaring the Education and Learning Major
The Education and Learning Major may be declared by filling out the appropriate form with the registrar’s office. Students interested in the major should make an appointment to discuss their program with an advisor. To arrange for an advisor in education, contact Dr. Mike Charles, the Undergraduate Education Coordinator (Berglund 132, ext 1441) on the Forest Grove campus. Properly selected courses in the University core requirements taken during freshman year may serve as a good base for this major. Students who wish to explore a teaching career at any level (early childhood, elementary, middles school, or high school) are encouraged to take the introductory education course, Educ 260, Foundations of Education.
Teacher Licensure programs at Pacific
There are two different ways that students may earn the Preliminary Teaching License for the state of Oregon with a focus on teaching Early Childhood and Elementary levels. This can be accomplished in four years as an undergraduate, or in four years as an undergraduate plus an additional year or year and a half as a graduate student.
The Education and Learning major plus the Professional Courses for Multiple Subjects prepare you to teach PK-8 grade level. You complete the requirements for the Oregon Preliminary Teaching License as part of your undergraduate degree. We strongly recommend that you also complete the courses for your ESOL authorization as part of this rigorous program that leads to a professional credential. Students may also earn a Special Education Endorsement as part of their undergraduate education at Pacific University. This prepares them to be the teacher of record in a Special Education classroom.
MAT 5th Year or MAT Flex – programs that meet the requirements for the Oregon Preliminary Teaching License and a Master’s degree in 12 months (5th Year—full time day program) or 16 months (Flex--evening/weekend courses). Applicants to graduate programs have already completed a bachelor’s degree. Students who complete either of these graduate programs will meet the requirements for an Oregon Preliminary Teaching License with authorizations for Multiple Subjects or Special Education.
Admission to the College of Education for earning your teaching license
To obtain the Oregon Initial Teaching License as an undergraduate, a student must apply for admission to the College of Education. This is different than declaring the Education and Learning major. Admission materials are available at the College of Education. Students who wish to consider a teaching career should consult with the Undergraduate Education Coordinator (Dr. Mike Charles) and should take the introductory education course, EDUC 260 Foundations of Education, by their sophomore year. Application to the College of Education may be completed as a part of the EDUC 260 class.
Students interested in licensure must complete the University core requirements and the required Professional Courses for Multiple Subjects (an additional 27 credits) or Special Education (an additional 36 credits) together with the Education and Learning major. Student teaching is the capstone experience. Transfer students who have already satisfied Pacific University's core requirements and are applying to the College of Arts and Sciences may simultaneously apply to the College of Education for admission to complete an early childhood/elementary authorization or a Special Education Endorsement. Separate applications must be completed for each, and acceptance into the College of Arts and Sciences does not guarantee admission to the College of Education.