Pacific Oaks understands that what you learn on the job can be as valuable as what you learn in the classroom, and we offer you a way to use the real-world experience that you have accumulated along the way to accelerate your degree completion and advance your career. Pacific Oaks has two options for students with 5 to 10 years of relevant, verifiable work experience to earn credit for their life experience.
The first option is the Bachelor Completion Option, which allows a student to waive up to 30 transfer credit hours required for the completion of a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development or up to 24 credit hours required for the completion of a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. Students are required to be admitted into the Bachelor of Arts in Human Development or the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education prior to seeking the Bachelor Completion Option.
The second option is the Bachelor Waiver Option, which allows students to waive the bachelor degree requirement for admission into one of three designated Pacific Oaks masters programs: the Master of Arts in Human Development, the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, or the Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education. Students are required to be admitted into the Bachelor of Arts in Human Development or the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education prior to seeking the Bachelor Waiver Option.
For both options, students must complete HD 489 Reflections on Life Experience and HD 499P Writing for Empowerment, prior to submitting a Request for Bachelor Completion or Request for Bachelor Waiver application. Students seeking a Request for Bachelor Waiver must also complete one of the following courses prior to submitting an application; HD 341 or HD 411.
CLE Procedure for Pasadena and Online
CLE Procedure for Instructional Sites
CLE Acknowledgement Form
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Bachelor Completion Option
Qualified students may waive up to 30 credit hours required for the completion of the Human Development bachelor's degree or 24 credit hours required for the completion of the Early Childhood Education bachelor’s degree based on faculty review of a portfolio of student work samples and previous learning. Students must have a minimum of five years of relevant, verifiable work experience, successfully complete "Reflections on Life Experience" coursework, and meet all other unit waiver application criteria to qualify.
Bachelor Completion Unit Waiver Application
Bachelor's Degree Waiver Option
The bachelor's degree requirement for application to the M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, M.A. in Human Development, or M.A. in Early Childhood Education at Pacific Oaks College may be waived for students who have a minimum of 10 years of relevant, verifiable work experience (including at least 5 years in a leadership role), and qualify for the full 30 units of waiver credit towards the Bachelor of Arts in Human Development or 24 units of waiver credit towards the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education program by portfolio review including successful completion of "HD 489 Reflections on Life Experience" and HD 499P lab coursework.
Bachelor's Degree Waiver Application
"Through in-depth reflection and rigorous analysis of personal experience, students gain insights that transform how they perceive themselves and have profound ramifications for the work they do with children, families and communities."
—Tim Sundeen, Ph.D., Human Development Faculty
Contact an Admissions Counselor to learn more about Credit for Learning from Experience:
Pacific Oaks' Credit for Learning from Experience option conforms with policies set forth by our accrediting body, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).