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

Pacific Oaks College

About Pacific Oaks College

Pacific Oaks College is a non-profit school with campuses in Pasadena and San Jose, California. The school was originally founded to train early childhood educators, but the school now offers a variety of education and teacher credential programs - as well as programs in areas of psychology, human development, and organizational leadership. Many of these high-quality programs are also offered online or at off-site instructional locations throughout the state. The online programs include the same high-quality curriculum as the on-campus courses, but in flexible 7-week sessions.

As a Pacific Oaks student, you can choose from a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs offered through the school's School of Cultural and Family Psychology, School of Education, and School of Human Development. For instance, you could choose from bachelor's programs in early childhood education or human development or master's degrees in education, marriage and family therapy, or organizational leadership and change.

Pacific Oaks is accredited by the WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission.

Why Pacific Oaks College

  • Hands-On Learning: Pacific Oaks has community partnerships with many local organizations that allow you to get hands-on learning experiences while you are still in school.
  • Location Options: Besides the two main campuses (conveniently located in Southern and Northern California), you could also choose to enroll in online course or attend classes at one of the various instructional sites located across California.
  • International Studies: If you're considering an international experience, Pacific Oaks has multiple study abroad programs, including Education Beyond Borders and Teach with Africa.
  • Credit for Life Experience: You can earn up to 24 credits from relevant work and life experiences to put towards your bachelor's degree through the Credit for Learning from Experience program.

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

Pacific Oaks College offers the following degree programs:

  1. Bachelors
    • B.A. Community Psychology
    • B.A. Early Childhood Education
    • B.A. Human Development
    • B.A. in Advocacy and Social Justice
  2. Graduate Certificate
    • Early Childhood Education Certificate in STEAM
    • Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential
    • Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
  3. Masters
    • 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 Cultural and Family Studies

Pacific Oaks College offers flexible online learning and the following campus locations: