Pacific Oaks College is a private nonprofit college in Pasadena, California. It was founded in 1945 by a small group of Quakers, and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as certificates in a variety of fields. Pacific Oaks offers degrees in many aspects of education and human services. The college serves a wide variety of students from all walks of life, but is well known for catering to the non-traditional and adult learning community. Pacific Oaks offers instruction in various locations throughout California as well as online learning for all residents of the United States.
According to the Pacific Oaks College website, their mission is, “Grounded in its social justice heritage, Pacific Oaks College prepares students to be culturally intelligent agents of change serving diverse communities in the fields of human development, education, and related family studies.” Pacific Oaks offers an individualized education that focuses on the unique potential of every student.
The main campus is located in Pasadena, California, offering students the benefits of a historic city, the San Gabriel Mountains, and nearby Los Angeles, Hollywood, and Pacific beaches. In addition to the main campus, Pacific Oaks offers onsite workshops at locations throughout the state, as well as instruction at satellite campuses in Chico, Porterville, Visalia, Salinas, Sacramento, and Santa Cruz. Online learning is also offered to students throughout the United States.
Pacific Oaks College allows students to earn up to 30 credits for life and workplace experience. The college offers undergraduate degrees in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education with Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Early Childhood Education with Dual Credential, and Human Development. Graduate Programs include Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Education with Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential, Human Development, and Marriage and Family Therapy. A wide range of teacher credential programs are offered to serve the diverse adult-learning community.
Pacific Oaks College does not offer an athletics program.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition and fees are based on credit units. The cost for undergraduate programs is $736 per unit. The cost for graduate programs is $966 per unit. There is a variety of in-school scholarships offered, ranging from $500 to $3,000 per student. Federal grants and loans may also be used toward any Pacific Oaks program.
Pacific Oaks College has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1959. The graduate Marriage and Family Therapy program is certified by the Board of Behavioral Sciences. The Teacher Education Program is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Applications for enrollment are accepted year-round. Admission to the bachelor’s program requires an associate’s degree or 60 credit-hours from a higher-learning institution. In addition, students are required to submit an essay, volunteer work experience, and an official transcript from all post-secondary institutions. Please contact the college for more information:
On-Ground Program Admissions
45 Eureka Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
Online Program Admissions