Academic Spotlight: Education

Pacific Union College has a long history of providing the world with quality educators. When we first opened our doors in 1882, education was one of the first programs offered, and for over 135 years we have continued to prepare students for a lifetime of service.

Programs offered:

  • A.S., B.S. in Early Childhood Education
  • B.S. in Liberal Studies
  • M.Ed. in Education
  • Elementary Teaching Credential, Non-Degree Program
  • Elementary Teaching Credential, Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Secondary Teaching Credential, Non-Degree Program
  • Secondary Teaching Credential, Master of Arts in Teaching

A Student’s Perspective

“I really enjoyed being part of the education program at PUC. By far, the best parts are the labs and student teaching experiences. With an education major, you’re out visiting schools, observing teachers, and even trying out your own lessons right from the beginning, which is awesome! There aren’t too many majors like that.” – Brittany Rasmussen, ’13

Brittany now teaches English at Grand Rapids Adventist Academy in Michigan, and she credits the department of education at PUC with a lot of her success and the support she received from her professors. We talked with her before she officially began her current teaching position about what she loved the most about studying education at PUC and why anyone who wants to “do it all” should consider being an education major.

Read “Why an Education Major at PUC Worked for Me” now!

Fast Facts

  1. The Adventist Mission Scholarship is a renewable $3,000 grant per year available to students majoring in theology, early childhood education, or actively pursuing a teaching credential for elementary or secondary education.
  2. Education majors spend quality time in the classroom through observation, short-term field experiences, and full-time student teaching.
  3. For over 30 years, PUC’s annual Education Days has helped connect graduating education majors with potential employers in both the Adventist and the public school systems. Superintendents and principals from all across the Pacific Union Conference are invited to the event, which also includes a job fair.
  4. Students can continue their education with a Master of Education from PUC, one of just two master’s programs the college offers.

What You Can Do With This Major

Majoring in education can open up a lot of opportunities in the intellectual community. Take a look at the various options available!

  • Administration/superintendent of education
  • After-school program director
  • College/university teaching
  • Curriculum designer
  • Elementary school teaching
  • Lawyer
  • Middle/high school teaching
  • Preschool teaching
  • Principal
  • School librarian
  • Writer

Learn more about the department of education at Our team of admissions counselors can answer any questions you have about PUC’s education programs, or the other majors the college offers. Call (800) 862-7080, option 2 or email to get connected with a counselor now and start learning about all the options available to you!

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