Major & Minor Options in Education

Child Development (Major or Minor)

Earn your bachelor’s degree in child development or choose any other undergraduate major and pursue a minor in child development at the same time. Through this program, you’ll build a deep understanding of growth and learning in children from birth to eight years of age. You’ll gain the skills to improve the lives of children from a wide variety of backgrounds as a master teacher or through work in preschools and day care centers. With a foundation in child development, you also will be prepared to earn advanced degrees at graduate schools such as the Mills College School of Education.

Urban Education (Minor)

Drawing on our Oakland location, this minor gives you a foundation in educational policies, practices, and challenges faced in urban settings, with an emphasis on bringing equity to urban education. Choose any undergraduate major and simultaneously pursue an urban education minor. You’ll graduate with the skills for a career in education where you can be an effective voice for underserved children, and you will be prepared for advanced degree and teacher credentialing opportunities.

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Bachelor’s-to-Master’s Accelerated Degree Options in Education

BA/MA Early Childhood Education

Earn a bachelor’s degree in child development and, in just one additional year of study, an accelerated master’s degree in early childhood education. Together, these degrees prepare you for leadership and teaching roles in a range of organizations that focus on early childhood education—such as preschools and child development programs—as well as for doctoral study and careers in research, policy design, and college teaching.

BA/MA Early Childhood Special Education/Teaching Credential

Like the BA/MA in early childhood education, this option combines a bachelor’s degree in child development and an accelerated master’s degree in early childhood education. In addition, you’ll complete course work that prepares you to earn a special education teaching credential from the State of California, enabling you to work with infants and preschoolers diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Through this work, you’ll have the opportunity to change the lives of these children and their families.

BA/MA Education/Teaching Credential

Choose any undergraduate major for your bachelor’s degree, then earn an an accelerated master’s degree in education. You’ll also complete course work that prepares you to earn a teaching credential from the State of California. Completing the MA and credential programs requires just one year beyond your bachelor’s degree. These degrees and credential together prepare you to teach children from kindergarten through high school—and empower you to help shape the future of urban education.

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Credential Options in Education

Administrative Services Credential

If you already have experience in teaching or providing certain professional services in schools, this program enables you to earn the administrative services credential required to serve as a principal or other school administrator in California's K–12 public school system. Most students complete the Administrative Services Credential Program in conjunction with either our MA in educational leadership or EdD in educational leadership, although it’s possible to enroll in the credential program alone. 

Early Childhood Special Education Credential

Offered in combination with our MA in early childhood education, this credential program trains you to work in early intervention and preschool special education settings with infants and young children who have developmental disabilities. You’ll meet requirements for a California preliminary education specialist instruction credential with the specialty area of early childhood special education. This credential program may also be combined with our MA in child life in hospitals or MA in infant mental health.

Multiple Subject Credential

The Multiple Subject Credential Program equips you to teach kindergarten through grade 8 in multi-subject classrooms. Once you finish the program, you’ll be qualified for a California preliminary teaching credential. You can choose to complete only the credential program or continue your studies at Mills to earn the MA in early childhood education or MA in education with an emphasis in teaching.

Single Subject Credential in Humanities

Prepare to teach art, English, or social science in grades 6 through 12. When you finish the Single Subject in Humanities Credential Program, you’ll be eligible for a California preliminary teaching credential. You can choose to complete only the credential program or continue your studies at Mills to earn the MA in education with an emphasis in teaching.

Single Subject Credential in Mathematics and Science

Prepare to teach mathematics, biology, chemistry, or physics in grades 6 through 12. When you finish the Single Subject in Mathematics and Science Credential Program, you’ll be eligible for a California preliminary teaching credential. You can choose to complete only the credential program or continue your studies at Mills to earn the MA in education with an emphasis in teaching.

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