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.
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.
You will be able to accelerate 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 credits you can earn while working as an Instructional Assistant.
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.
All courses allow you to accelerate, but we do encourage you to complete each within a typical semester schedule. We will nurture you through the process so you’ll be confident in your ability to succeed.
PIU Online is designed specifically for Instructional Assistants 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 and 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.
Classes start three times a year at the beginning of each semester (September, January and June).