The Education and Learning major is designed to provide students with a deep understanding of the psychological, social, philosophical, and curricular foundations of education. This major builds a strong foundation for careers working with children and in various educational programs, including classroom teaching. Students not interested in obtaining a teaching license will complete a capstone research project instead of student teaching.
Students interested in licensure will choose from two tracks in the major, general education or special education, and complete the required professional courses for selected endorsements. Those choosing general education will complete the requirements for the multiple subjects or selected single subject endorsements, while those who choose special education will complete the requirements for the special education endorsement. Student teaching is the capstone experience. Students considering a teaching career should consult with the coordinator of the undergraduate education program and it is recommended that students take the introductory education course, EDUC 260 Foundations of Education, by their sophomore year.
The Education & Learning major (as well as many other majors at Pacific) also is a good choice for those who want to complete a liberal arts degree as an undergraduate and then secure an Oregon Preliminary Teaching License as part of a master’s program (see our MAT Fifth-Year program for an example).
A minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other languages (TESOL) is also available.