Pacific Oaks College

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. 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).

  • Average Tuition USD 32,760
  • Acceptance Rate 54%
  • Students 1,200
  • International Students 3%
  • Total Annual Cost USD 46,352
  • Campus Setting City

School Description

Pacific Oaks College is private, not-for-profit, nonsectarian, college with its main campus located in Pasadena, California, United States. Pacific Oaks College offers full and part-time undergraduate and graduate courses throughout Pacific Oaks' California campuses as well as online.

  • 01Experiential Learning - Practical fieldwork experience incorporated into our instructional model. Not just academic or theoretical classroom work, but hands-on training and research Learn by sharing personal stories, and listening to the experiences that have shaped the lives of their classmates
  • 02Years of experience with various backgrounds Supportive, non-hierarchical classroom environment. Collaborative Learning Process which fieldwork and observations are incorporated within curriculum
  • 03Progressive approach to teaching and learning—valuing real-world experiences in addition to academic achievements.

Master Programs

  • 55 W Eureka St, Pasadena, CA 91103, United States

    Early Childhood Education

    USD 32,760 Tuition Fee

    This Master’s in Early Childhood Education degree program is grounded in theories that support high-quality educational experiences for children. Students will gain a significant amount of real-world experience as they are immersed in diverse environments working with children and families, fostering staff development, and collaborating with educational administrators and leaders.

  • 55 W Eureka St, Pasadena, CA 91103, United States

    Early Childhood Education: Organizational Leadership and Change

    USD 32,760 Tuition Fee

    The Master’s in ECE specialization in Organizational Leadership and Change degree program is based on the theory that leadership requires skill and self-knowledge to be authentic, and that authentic leadership is essential to creating organizations with sustainable value.

  • 55 W Eureka St, Pasadena, CA 91103, United States

    Early Childhood Education: Trauma Studies

    USD 32,760 Tuition Fee

    In addition to fostering an understanding of the many ways in which trauma is manifested in children—including abuse, assault, immigration, and violence—this master’s degree in early childhood education program will help inform students on how to provide guidance and support to children who are facing trauma in their lives.


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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 2.50
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 79
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50


    Financial Aid & Scholarship

    • International Student Scholarship

      The International Student Scholarship is awarded to international students (non-U.S. Citizens, non-U.S. Permanent Residents) who demonstrate both the potential to add cultural and geographic diversity to the classroom and the ability to spread the mission of Pacific Oaks College globally. Qualified applicants must submit a 500-800 word essay describing the journey that led them to Pacific Oaks, referencing obstacles encountered, how they were overcome, and events that led them to choose their projected career path and degree program at Pacific Oaks. The essay should explain how the applicant plans to incorporate their life experiences into their classroom contributions at Pacific Oaks College, and how they plan to utilize their future degree to address the current and future needs of their home country.<br>Awardees will receive a $5,000 scholarship that will be divided equally between their first two semesters (for online students, between their first 4 sessions) and applied towards tuition. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress and be continuously enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking student to be eligible. To be considered, scholarship applicants must have already submitted an admissions application to Pacific Oaks College. International Applicants can submit their scholarship consideration essay directly to our Global Enrollment team at:<br>

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    Established in 1958


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          • j
            1992-1994, KSM, MA, NCBTMB, AC, CADAC

            A truly expansive and enlightening experience. I would highly recommend it!

          • Testimony
            1984-1986, Master's

            Pacific Oaks College provided me the opportunity to earn a Masters in Human Development in a rich and challenging environment that allowed me to learn about myself and others in a context of diversity and acceptance. This environment deepened my understanding of myself and the world and how to better work with all the people I have encountered in my career.

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            2000-2003, BA

            I recommend Pacific Oaks College to those who would like to go beyond Education Science. They helped me to develop effective and respectful communication capabilities in today's varied social context, where it's important to understand all the perspectives