Program Overview

Pacific Oaks College offers the Master of Arts in Human Development, with four different areas of concentration.

Students can choose from the following:

  • Early Childhood Education and Development - Students will study the theories of human development and the biological, psychological, emotional, and sociological factors that contribute to an individual’s growth.
  • Social Change - Students interested in social activism, social change, and policy making will acquire the tools to help make a positive impact.
  • Leadership in Education and Human Services - Students will focus on developing collaborative leadership skills, fine-tuning interpersonal communication skills, and facilitating team building.
  • Ecological Perspectives of Lifespan Development - Students will work in integrated, cross-generational settings, including family and community advocacy, as well as adolescents, adults, or the elderly.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


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    School Overview

    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.

    The school offers most of its Bachelor’s and Master’s Programs online as well. 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.


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