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Pacific Oaks College

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Private, Non-profit

Parent institution
TCS Education System

Undergraduate tuition and fees
17,664 USD (2012)

Total enrollment
608 (2011)


Pat Breen, Ph.D.

+1 626-529-8061


Justice, Respect, Diversity

1000 undergraduate and graduate students

55 W Eureka St, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA

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Pacific oaks college

Pacific Oaks College is private, not-for-profit, nonsectarian, college with its main campus located in Pasadena, California, United States. As a higher education institution, Pacific Oaks College offers full and part-time undergraduate and graduate courses throughout Pacific Oaks' California campuses as well as online. Pacific Oaks' anti-bias curriculum has created strong efforts to challenge social injustice and point out issues related to social changes, human development, and child development. Pacific Oaks also operates a children's school that has been in operation since 1945.


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As World War II dragged on members of the Orange Grove Monthly Meeting actively participated in assisting refugees as staff of the Pasadena Friends Center. The woman's group originally came together for mutual support following their husbands sequester to mandatory work camps for being conscientious objectors. Six of these member families created a joint fund to launch a progressive education institute aimed at creating a utopian society of peace. The institute would focus on human development starting from early childhood and continuing to adulthood. On October 1, 1945 the Pacific Oaks Friends School opens with 10 teachers and 65 children ages two to four. The school was founded on the Quaker values of inclusion, social justice and valuing every human being.

Pacific Oaks College was founded in 1958 following five years of offering upper division courses through the UCLA Extension. The college is divided into three different schools (School of Human Development, School of Education and School of Cultural and Family Psychology).

Core Programs

School of Human Development

Bachelor of Arts in Human Development

Master of Arts in Human Development

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Change

School of Education

The School of Education has played a significant role in early childhood education since its founding in 1945. The program emphasizes ground breaking curriculum such as learning-through-play and other innovative tools used in teacher training programs.

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education with Dual Credentialing (CA)

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education with Preliminary Multiple Subject Credentialing (CA)

Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education

Master of Arts in Preliminary Education Specialist Credentialing(CA)

Master of Arts in Multiple Subject Credentialing (CA)

Teacher Credentialing Program

School of Cultural and Family Psychology

Founded in 2013, the school prepares students in Marriage and Family Therapy while emphasizing advocacy for social change and cultural psychology. In addition to the Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, the school offers specializations in African American, Latino and Trauma studies.

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy African American Family Studies Specialization

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy Latina/Latino Family Studies Specialization

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy Trauma Studies Specialization

Pasadena campus

The main campus is located in Pasadena, California at the north end of Old Pasadena. The school can be accessed via the nearby Memorial Park Station of the Metro Gold Line light rail and sits north of the Ventura Freeway (SR 134) and Foothill Freeway (I-210) junction.

Instructional sites

In addition to its main campus in Pasadena, Pacific Oaks offers classes at instructional sites throughout the state of California. These include: Chico, Sacramento, Salinas, and Santa Cruz. Pacific Oaks College also now allows their students to complete coursework online which, with a few exceptions, can be taken by residents of any state within the United States.

Andrew Norman Library

The Andrew Norman Library on the Eureka (Pasadena) Campus supports the degree programs of Pacific Oaks College and Pacific Oaks Children's School, as well as independent faculty research. The collection, which comprises more than 17,000 titles, reflects the most current research and centers on early childhood education and curriculum development, human development, family systems and therapy, and child care.

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Pacific Oaks College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Pacific Oaks has been accredited by WASC since 1959.

Affiliations and memberships

  • TCS Education System.
  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (California)
  • Hispanic Association of College and Universities
  • Faculty memberships in the American Association of University Professors
  • Program-based accreditation

  • Its M.A. in MFT program satisfies all of the requirements of the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), (Business & Professions Code Sections 4980.41 (a) (d) (e)) for licensing in Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • Its Teacher Education Program is certified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) for certification in Education Specialist Credential, Mild to Moderate Disabilities Level I & Level II and Preliminary Multiple Subject English Learner Teaching Credential.
  • Notable alumni

  • Antonia Darder - Scholar, Poet, Activist, Public Intellectual
  • Leah Ayres - Actress, best known for the movie Bloodsport
  • Bre Pettis - Entrepreneur and Multi Artist, Co-Founder of MakerBot Industries
  • References

    Pacific Oaks College Wikipedia

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