Pacific Oaks College

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Pacific Oaks College
Pacific Oaks logo
MottoJustice, Respect, Diversity
TypePrivate, Non-profit
PresidentDr. Jack Paduntin
Students1200 undergraduate and graduate students
Location, ,
United States
CampusSuburban, 4-acre (1.6 ha) campus in Pasadena
ColorsGreen and Orange

Pacific Oaks College is private college with its main campus in Pasadena, California and a second branch campus in San Jose. The college draws on Quaker principles and focuses on social justice. It offers full and part-time undergraduate and graduate courses at Pacific Oaks' California campuses as well as online. Pacific Oaks also operates a children's school that has been in operation since 1945.[1]


As World War II dragged on, members of the Orange Grove Monthly Meeting group actively participated in aiding refugees as part of the Pasadena Friends Center. The woman's group originally came together for mutual support, following their husbands sequester to mandatory work camps as conscientious objectors to the war. 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 opened 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.[2]


The college offers Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in addition to post-graduate teaching certification. These programs are focused on education, human development, business, management, and social work.

The programs are organized into three schools:

  • School of Cultural and Family Psychology
  • School of Education
  • School of Human Development


Pasadena campus[edit]

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 L Line light rail and sits north of the Ventura Freeway (SR 134) and Foothill Freeway (I-210) junction.

Off-campus sites[edit]

In addition to its main campus in Pasadena, Pacific Oaks offers classes at sites throughout the state of California.

Andrew Norman Library[edit]

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.[3]


Western Association of Schools and Colleges[edit]

Pacific Oaks College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).[4] Pacific Oaks has been accredited by WASC since 1959.

Affiliations and memberships[edit]

Program-based accreditation[edit]

  • 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[edit]


  1. ^ "About".
  2. ^ "PO HISTORY". Archived from the original on 2015-05-14. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  3. ^ "Andrew Norman Library".
  4. ^ "WASC Accreditation Statement".
  5. ^ "TCS Education System". Archived from the original on 2011-11-16. Retrieved 2011-10-24.
  6. ^ "AICCU Membership".
  7. ^ "HACU Membership".

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