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College of Education & Integrative Studies

Education Department (EDU)

Create a culture of innovation and inclusion in the classroom and beyond.

Want to make a truly meaningful, powerful impact as an educator in your community and region? Want a solid, direct path to a teaching credential and a rewarding profession? Our unique approach gives you both, with an emphasis on engaging experiences that equip you to teach our future citizens to think, innovate and collaborate.

Once you have your B. A. or B.S. degree, from Cal Poly Pomona or another university, come into our Education Department to get a credential to teach what you’re passionate about, whether humanities or “STEAAM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Agriculture, and Math). Our College has two departments offering Bachelors’ Degrees: Ethnic and Women’s Studies (EWS) with a degree in GEMS (Gender, Ethnicity, and Multicultural Studies) or Liberal Studies (LS). Both majors offer direct pathways to our Credential programs in Education. 

Student-centered learning for both you and your future students

What’s your favorite subject area? The humanities? Science? Why not teach it? Whatever your degree, you’ll learn by doing, both with real kids in the classroom and innovative learning experiences like building robots to teach math, or building cities to study social issues. Our interdisciplinary program “connects the dots” and shows you how to help students become well-rounded people who function more successfully in an increasingly complex world. In the process, you gain a wider perspective too.

You’ll have a blend of real classroom teaching experience and involvement in special community projects such as Family Math nights and Family Literacy nights. Inclusiveness and a commitment to social justice is blended into our curriculum. Teach second language learners from underserved communities in which being bilingual is an asset. Become a role model.

students in a classroom

You’ll have a blend of real classroom teaching experience and involvement in special community projects such as Family Math Nights. Inclusiveness and a commitment to social justice is blended into our curriculum. Teach second language learners from underserved communities that being bilingual is an asset, not a deficit. Become a role model.

Career possibilities and opportunities

Create achievers! As a teacher or a school administrator, you’ll be the #1 influencer in helping young people realize their potential. Our strong relationships with school districts in the area give you the connections to gain both real classroom teaching experiences while you’re going to college, and good job prospects once you’re credentialed. Earn your Credential and teach K-12, or improve your professional position by getting a Master’s or Ph.D. Go into school administration, where you can make a impact on even more people.