Online Education at Pacific Oaks College
Pacific Oaks College is a nonprofit, accredited institution offering bachelor's and master's programs in human development.
Founded more than 60 years ago by a small group of Quaker families, Pacific Oaks College is dedicated to the fundamental Quaker principles of inclusion, social justice, and the valuing of every human being. The institution is known and recognized for its pioneering efforts to reduce bias within our nation's education system, and for equipping graduates with the skills they need to help people from diverse backgrounds, learning styles, and strengths uncover and realize their unique individual potentials.
Students report that attending Pacific Oaks College is a transforming experience, enabling them to emerge empowered to stand up for themselves and others - and to help those they serve become all they can be.
About Our Online Human Development Programs
Courses are delivered 100 percent online and there is no on-campus requirement. Each course is 7½ weeks in length, unless noted otherwise by the instructor. Our online human development programs use the lock step model, which means that the classes must be completed in a specific order and are designed so that you will learn amongst the same group of students until graduation.
Pacific Oaks is known for its progressive approach to learning - valuing real-world experiences as well as academic achievements. This philosophy is embodied through opportunities such as the Credit for Life Experience option, which allows students to gain academic credit for real-world experience acquired in the workplace. Students may earn up to 30 credits in this manner - credits which can be applied toward a bachelor's degree and count toward application for an M.A. in Human Development.
The Andrew Norman Library
All Pacific Oaks students have access to the library's print and electronic collections whether on-campus, or at a distance. The Pacific Oaks library specializes in subjects related to human development across the lifespan, early childhood education and psychosocial development, special education, classroom curricula (K-12), psychology, and family therapy. The library currently houses over 9,000 print resources and provides access to full-text and citation databases which include Academic Search Complete, PEP Archive, PsycBooks, PsycArticles, PsycInfo, ProQuest Digital Theses & Dissertations, EBSCO Electronic Journals Service, Social Sciences Citation Index, Ebrary, and a host of others.
Financial aid available to students who qualify. Applicants are highly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our institutional code is 001255.
Pacific Oaks College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501; (510) 748-9001; www.wascweb.org).
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Learn more about the online Human Development programs offered by Pacific Oaks College; complete the online "Request for Information" form.