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About Pacific Oaks College

Pacific Oaks College was originally established in 1958 in order to train early childhood educators. The school has expanded since then, and now it offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs in areas like education, human development, organizational leadership, and marriage and family therapy. This private, not-for-profit school has campuses in Pasadena and San Jose, California, and many programs are also offered online or at remote cohort locations around California. Pacific Oaks is accredited by the WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission.

Pacific Oaks College offers programs through three schools: School of Cultural and Family Psychology, School of Education, and School of Human Development. Students can enroll in bachelor's programs in early childhood education, community psychology, human development, and advocacy and social justice. Master's degrees are available in fields like education, early childhood education, marriage and family therapy, human development, advocacy and social justice, and organizational leadership and change. Many of these programs are offered in a flexible online format as well, with 7-week sessions that include the same high-quality curriculum as the on-campus courses.

Accreditation Statement

Pacific Oaks is accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) since 1959.

Admission Requirements:

  • Applicants to the master's and doctorate programs must have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Why Pacific Oaks College

Flexible Programs

Students have a variety of location options to choose from -campuses in Southern and Northern California, instructional sites across California, and online - so its easy to find an option that works with their current personal and professional commitments.

Global Learning Options

Students seeking an international learning experience can participate in study abroad programs like Teach with Africa and Education Beyond Borders.

Community Partnerships

Pacific Oaks College has formed has partnerships with a variety of local community organizations, such as the California Head Start Association, for students to get hands-on learning experiences.

Virtual Interaction

Online students use Canvas to interact and collaborate with their teachers and classmates.

Credit for Learning Experiences

Pacific Oaks students can receive up to 24 credits towards a bachelor's degree for relevant work or life experiences.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to Pacific Oaks College programs must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Some programs have additional requirements.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Find Your Program:

  • B.A. Community Psychology
  • B.A. Early Childhood Education
  • B.A. Human Development
  • B.A. in Advocacy and Social Justice
  • Early Childhood Education Certificate in STEAM
  • Post-Graduate Certificate
  • Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential
  • Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
  • M.A. Early Childhood Education
  • M.A. Education with Prelimary Education Specialist Instruction Credential
  • M.A. Education: Elementary Education
  • M.A. Human Development
  • M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy
  • M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy - African American Family Studies
  • M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy - Latina/Latino Family Studies
  • M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy - Trauma Studies
  • M.A. Organizational Leadership and Change
  • M.A. in Advocacy and Social Justice
  • M.A. in Cultural and Family Studies

Programs may vary by campus.

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