Improving Quality

Online education that gives graduates the skills and knowledge to excel as educators.

Expanding Access

Breaking down financial, distance, learning, and all other barriers to ensure access for all to education.


Success is found in delivering results that school districts desire.

Be a force for

Would you like to make a real difference at work and within your local community? If you’re ready to lead, we’re ready to help. Through low-cost tuition, grants, federal loans and other financial aid, we’ll help you find a path so you can help change the lives of others.

A Better Path to Fulfilling Your Dreams

PIU Online Students Work in
Amazing School Districts!


The path to a bachelor's degree and teacher certification takes
3 Simple Steps:



It takes just minutes to apply. You’ll then schedule an online enrollment session to complete all your application requirements, credit transfers and financial aid requests.

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Earn credits for your work as an Instructional Assistant. Finish your bachelor's degree through our virtual classroom. You'll have all the support and educator preparation you will need to succeed.

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We guide you through the completion of all requirements to receive your Standard Teaching Certificate.


We measure success by the only metric that matters.
Lives changed, yours and the students you’ll serve.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the program self-paced?

PIU Online offers flexible pacing, meaning you can take 1 or more courses per semester.  Almost all of our students are working adults.  We encourage students just starting with us to consider taking 1 or 2 courses unless you are comfortable taking more.  Students will often take a heavier load during the summer semester if they are not working a full-time job then.  Students can go as fast or as slow as needed to ensure you complete the program successfully.

Does PIU Online offer financial aid?

PIU is approved to offer federal student aid. You will need to apply for financial aid through FAFSA, which is used to determine your eligibility for aid. Pacific Islands University’s FAFSA school code is 034383. 

Do all my existing credits transfer to PIU Online?

We will do a thorough review of all your credits to maximize your transfer credits.  (Transfer Policy). 

You can transfer a maximum of 60 credits to PIU Online.

How quickly can I finish my degree?

You will be able to speed up the completion of your degree depending on your effort, the number of courses you are able take, the number of credits you transfer and the number of semesters you take courses each year.

Is PIU Online accredited?

PIU is nationally accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).  TRACS is recognized by the US Department of Education as an approved accrediting agency. 

What degree programs are available?

PIU Online is designed specifically for those wanting to become educators and offers a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a Minor in Education.  This maximizes the federal funding available for the completion of your bachelor’s degree. 

How do I receive my teacher certification?

Once you enter your last semester of study, you will be able to complete the “Clinical” (aka “Student Teaching”) requirements for certification while working full-time as an instructional assistant.  Upon completion of the requirements of your State Education Agency, you will then receive your Standard Teacher Certification.

When can I start classes?

Classes start three times a year at the beginning of each semester (September, January and late May).

Will another institution or school district accept my degree?

Pacific Islands University is a nationally accredited institution recognized by the US Department of Education.  Every institution of higher education sets its own guidelines regarding transferring credits.  If you have a specific institution in question, please contact the admissions office for assistance.

School districts accept nationally accredited degrees as proof of the proper education credentials.