The department of education is a fully accredited credential program where students gain classroom field experience, develop a variety of teaching skills, and interact with professors with real-life experience.

Fast Facts


The Adventist Mission Scholarship awards every education major a $3,000 scholarship for four years.


Job placement assistance is provided through the Education Days banquet and interviews, the annual Placement Book, and placement files..


Each spring candidates completing their programs are honored and recognized by the department faculty and staff at a special Teacher Dedication service for the candidates and their families.


Candidates completing our programs become successful preschool, elementary, and secondary teachers.


The faculty at PUC is well connected with Adventist schools around the nation, who look for new candidates.


Students can continue their education with Master of Education and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees.

Aimee Veness

What I do doesn’t just involve teaching students how to write a paragraph, how to solve a math equation, or how to distinguish between the life cycles of mammals and insects, but how to equip students with the skills necessary to make decisions and evaluate information presented to them when they leave my classroom... As I gain more experience as a teacher, I am discovering the fun aspects of teaching outweigh the mundane and tedious. Sharing with my students my excitement for a particular topic or activity gets them excited too and we end up learning a lot together than neither one of us would have on our own. When my students can’t wait to have social studies or reading because of what we are going to be doing during that time, I know that we are no longer just learning, but discovering what makes the world we live in an amazing place.

Aimee Veness, ’06 (B.S.) and ’07 (M.Ed.) third grade teacher

The Teacher’s Toolbox: Dr. Roy on PUC’s Education Program

“I love that our students expect that spirituality will be a part of their classroom experience.”

Jim Roy

Dr. Jim Roy is a professor of education. He took a moment to answer some questions about what future educators experience in the classroom.

Q: What can I teach with a PUC education degree?

A:  Preschool through 12th grade in both public school and Adventist school systems.

Q:  Why should I take education at PUC?

A:  Our faculty and staff focus on what works for young people and on practical application.  There is a real support system where our students get nurturing and attention.  We offer all the tools for success as a future educator.

Q:  Is there a club for education majors?

A:  Our student-run and faculty-supported Future Educators Club is very active on and off campus.  The club works to cover school expenses for kids in Peru and in the area.  We also get together for pre-vespers to eat, sing and share, or even plan trips to the coast.

Q:  Do you help us find teaching jobs?

A:  Our faculty is well connected locally and with Adventist schools around the nation.  We get calls all the time from colleagues and former students looking for new candidates.  Each year, our “Placement Book” gets sent across the nation to let schools know who’s graduating.  Our graduates consistently get the jobs they want.  Some teach English at international schools for a year or two, in places like Taiwan, Thailand and Japan.

Q:  Does faith tie in to the education program?

A:  Spirituality is part of everything we do, so we incorporate it as much as possible into our curriculum.  I love that our students expect that spirituality will be a part of their classroom experience.  We hope that our program will help them achieve personal spiritual growth, which they can incorporate into their careers and the lives of our young people.

Q:  What’s a favorite teaching moment?

A:  It’s when a class is fully involved in the topic and asking tons of questions.  I also love it when students tell personal stories about how they chose teaching as a career.  Their stories make me feel like I’m walking on sacred ground in the classroom.

Education Days Connects Future Teachers with Jobs

“PUC does the nicest job, showcasing the students and providing an inviting venue to meet the latest program graduates.”

Each February, principals, superintendents, and education directors from throughout the western United States arrive at Pacific Union College for Education Days, an annual networking event for future educators. Organized by PUC’s education department, Education Days offers education professionals an opportunity to mingle with and interview teacher candidates from the education program at PUC.

“Its an opportunity for graduating seniors to find teaching positions by connecting with potential employers,” says Tom Lee, chair of PUC’s education department.

The event begins on Monday evening with a dinner bringing teacher candidates together with potential employers in a personal setting. The candidates also continue a tradition of the Education Days banquet by giving brief presentations highlighting their reasons for teaching and the areas in which they are credentialed to teach. The following day there is a job fair allowing graduating seniors an opportunity to interview with hiring officials in a more formal setting.

Former Pacific Union Conference education director Kelly Bock visited for Education Days for many years. “The opportunity for the students to sit across the table from a prospective employer is a nice touch,” he said. “I also appreciate seeing students perform in front of an audience that is outside their comfort zones. I learn a lot about teachers by watching how they handle situations where they might be put in front of parents or something similar… PUC does the nicest job, showcasing the students and providing an inviting venue to meet the latest program graduates.”