Pacific Oaks College
|Motto||Justice, Respect, Diversity|
|TCS Education System|
|President||Pat Breen, Ph.D.|
|Students||1000 undergraduate and graduate students|
(Distance Learning), California, United States
|Campus||Suburban, 4-acre (1.6 ha) campus in Pasadena|
|Colors||Green and Orange|
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.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Campus information
- 4 Accreditation
- 5 Notable alumni
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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).
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
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.
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
- 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.
- 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