School of Human Development

Students graduate from the School of Human Development with the skills to work in a wide range of settings. Some put their degrees to work in child care, social service, non-profit work, healthcare, and education. Many have gone on to become community college instructors, administrators, supervisors and teachers.

Pacific Oaks’ innovative programs prepare graduates to bring social justice, advocacy, and respect for diversity and individualism to a variety of careers focused on the development of both children and adults.

Programs in the School of Human Development

  • B.A. Human Development
  • Pacific Oaks’ bachelor’s-completion program introduces you to the sociological, emotional, biological, and psychological factors that contribute to an individual’s development. You will explore the implications those factors have on an individual's skills and developmental milestones such as problem solving, language acquisition, personality and identity formation, and social and emotional maturation.

  • M.A. Human Development
  • An advanced study of the growth and development of individuals at various stages of the lifespan.

  • M.A. Organizational Leadership and Change
  • The M.A. in Organizational Leadership and Change is a leadership program based upon the theory that leadership requires knowledge, skill and deep self-knowledge to be authentic, and that authentic leadership is essential to creating organizations with sustainable value.