Pacific Oaks' bachelor's-completion program equips graduates with a comprehensive interdisciplinary understanding of human development across the lifespan, from birth through the end of life. Students become familiar with the biological, psychological, emotional, and sociological factors that contribute to an individual's development, and to the implications those factors have on have such wide-ranging skills and milestones as problem solving, language acquisition, personality and identity formation, and social and emotional maturation. Integrated into the content is Pacific Oaks' hallmark commitment to social justice, advocacy, and its respect for diversity and individual potential.
- Depending upon transfer credits received, the program may be completed in as little as one year.
- Students can choose from four concentrations to tailor their curriculum to their unique career and personal goals, or they may choose a generalist course of study.
- Students pursuing the on-ground course of study may also have the opportunity to enroll in online courses.
- Pacific Oaks' Credit for Life Experience option allows students in this program to accelerate their progress toward a bachelor's degree and entry into a master's program by earning undergraduate credit for experience they have gained in the workplace. Learn more.
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Development Across the Lifespan (Generalist)
Early Childhood Education and Development
60-90, depending on credits transferred in. A minimum of 30 credits must be earned at Pacific Oaks College.
One implementation class and one fieldwork/observation class (specializations may require additional fieldwork) in which students observe and comprehend developmentally and culturally appropriate practice with children.
Completion of an associate's degree or a minimum of 60 semester credits with a grade of "C" or higher from a college or university accredited by regional commissions.
Applicants may also take CLEP (College Level Exam Program) tests to acquire credits. A maximum of 30 credits may transfer.
Early Childhood Themes and Life Cycle Issues
Each stage of life poses a task to be accomplished. These tasks appear as a challenge and bring the chance for growth, but also a fear of failure and discomforting disequilibrium. Themes which begin in early childhood-attachment, separation, autonomy, accomplishment and failure-recur later in the life cycle. Understanding of their beginnings and knowledge of psychosocial developmental theories enables adults to be aware of the resolution of these themes in their own lives, as well as in children's lives.
Conflict Resolution and Mediation
Designed for human service professionals, including teachers, educational administrators, and marriage and family counselors, who work with children, adolescents, and families. Examines the nature of human conflict and effective strategies for conflict resolutions, and explores methods for developing programs which promote the peaceful resolution of conflict. Focuses on the techniques and models for conflict resolution, mediation, and creative problem-solving in various conflict areas, including the family, the school, and the workplace. Techniques for effective communication, brainstorming and cooperative group decision-making are explored. Communicating across cultures, and bias awareness issues are explored within all content areas. Class format includes discussion, lecture, reading, writing, demonstration and role playing.
Play in Childhood
Exploration of play as a human adaptive function with a distinct developmental course, beginning in infancy and varying in content and mode from culture to culture. Emphasis placed on the ability to observe children's play and to make use of these observations in planning for a child; the importance of the physical environment; and the setting up of environments for play that will engage children in using the skills that are pre-requisites for academic learning. Cultural and gender issues and ways to support cultural expression and non sexist play opportunities are examined Focuses on early years but address the integrative and transformative function of play as it contributes to the lives of individuals throughout the life span.