Pacific Oaks College

5 Westmoreland Pl, Pasadena, CA 91103-3565

School Details

Pacific Oaks College is a nonprofit, accredited higher education institution offering bachelor's completion, masters and certificate programs in human development, counseling, education, early childhood education and teacher credentialing. The school offers classes at its main campus in Pasadena and at a number of convenient instructional sites throughout California, as well as online.

It was founded more than 60 years ago, in 1945, by a small group of Quaker families. Pacific Oaks College has remained dedicated to the fundamental Quaker principles of inclusion, social justice and the valuing of every human being. Three basic concepts underlie the educational philosophy at Pacific Oaks: that every individual has a fundamental worth, that growth is a dynamic and life-long process, and that every individual has a unique identity and human potential.

Pacific Oaks has a long history of serving non-traditional and adult students and has become known and recognized for its progressive approach to teaching and learning—valuing real-world experiences in addition to academic achievements. This philosophy is embodied in the school’s Experiential Learning approach, and opportunities such as the Credit for Life Experience option which allows students to gain academic credit for real-world experiences.

Pacific Oaks is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and has been since 1959. It also holds accreditation from the American Association of Colleges and Universities, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (California), and it has faculty memberships in the American Association of University Professors.

The main campus of Pacific Oaks College is located in the heart of Pasadena, CA. Nestled in the breathtaking San Gabriel Valley, it gives students access to the city's cultural and academic riches. A Gold LEED certified building, their 45 Eureka location is a spacious, modern structure, providing a welcoming learning setting for students while supporting the school's commitment to environmental consciousness. Old Pasadena—famous for its blocks of bustling boutiques, quaint cafes, bookshops, and fine dining—is just steps away, while a plethora of entertainment and recreational attractions are within easy reach. A short walk will take students to the famed Rose Bowl, while nature enthusiasts will enjoy opportunities to explore nearby canyons. Within easy driving distance, beaches offer endless opportunities for sunning, surfing and people-watching while Los Angeles introduces visitors to the glitter of Hollywood, the glamour of Beverly Hills and daily itineraries that include world-famous amusement parks, high-end window shopping and vibrant nightlife. LA is also home to hundreds of schools, clinics and nonprofit organizations that can provide Pacific Oaks students with a wide range of internship and volunteer experiences. They also offer a number of instructional site locations--from Sacramento to Huntington Park to Santa Cruz and beyond.

In order to apply to Pacific Oaks College students must submit a $55 application fee. Applications are accepted year round with the school offering “starting periods” in the spring, summer, and fall; they also offer six separate starting periods for online classes/degrees. In order for a “starting period” to commence, the school must have enough students to fill the classes, so students will not know their exact “starting period” when they first apply to the college; it will be based on the number of other students available to start. The acceptance, retention, and graduation rates were not reported by this school because they do not admit full-time first-time degree/certificate seeking students and therefore they do not have to report these statistics.

The student body at Pacific Oaks College is made up of 608 total students with 93% being female and only 7%being male students. The school boasts a 10 to 1 student to faculty ration, ensuring small class sizes for personal learning situations. At the college, 48% of the students are Latino/Hispanic, with Caucasian students being the next largest demographic at 27%. Only 8% of the undergraduate students at the school are full-time students with the average age of all students being 38 years old and 86% of all students being 25 years or older in age.

Pacific Oaks College offers numerous degrees and programs to its students. Its Bachelor’s Degree programs include Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education with Dual Credential, Early Childhood Education with Preliminary Multiple Subject Teacher Credential, and Human Development. Its Master’s programs include Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Education with Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Human Development, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Marriage and Family Therapy, African-American Family Studies Specialization. The school also offers Joint Degree/Credential programs including M.A. Education with Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential, M.A. Education with Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, B.A. Early Childhood Education with Dual Credential, and B.A. Early Childhood Education with Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. On top of the many different degree programs, the college also has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Human Development.

On very unique aspect of the learning environment at Pacific Oaks College is the “Credit for Life Experience” program. This program offers an accelerated bachelor's-completion option; students may apply for up to 30 credits for life experience, credits that may be used toward their bachelor's degree as well as their application for either the Marriage and Family Therapy or Human Development master's program.

The classes are based upon a “cohort model,” students at these locations journey through their programs and courses as a cohesive group (known as a cohort) and emerge with enduring, supportive, professional networks. Classes typically meet just one or two times per week (generally weeknights or weekends).

The school offers most of its Bachelor’s and Master’s Programs online as well. Coursework is offered through Pearson eCollege--an advanced interactive distance-learning tool--and is designed to be flexible, self-paced and accessible from anywhere so that students can fit classes and assignments into the nooks and crannies of their lives. Online classes are typically offered in seven-week sessions, and coursework meets the same levels of quality and rigor as on-ground, face-to-face programs. It is important to note that some of the online degrees are only offered to California residents.

Tuition at Pacific Oaks College is $736 per undergraduate unit and $938 per graduate unit. Various fees apply to both undergraduate and graduate programs. To help pay for the cost of tuition and fees, many of the students attending the school receive financial aid. A full 75% of the students receive grant or scholarship aid that averages out to $3,423 per student. Also, 78% of the students receive aid in the form of loans, averaging out to $10,751 per student.




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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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    Post-master's certificate
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