Fast Facts

Academic Degrees and Programs

Offers M.A. degree programs in Human Development, Marriage and Family Therapy, Education, and Early Childhood Education; B.A.-completion degree programs in Human Development and Early Childhood Education; and Teacher Credentialing programs.

Credit for Learning from Experience

Offers an accelerated bachelor's-completion option; students may apply for up to 30 credits for life experience, credits that may be used toward their bachelor's degree as well as their application for either the Marriage and Family Therapy or Human Development master's program. Learn more.

Academic Year

Three semesters: fall, spring, summer
Six starts a year

Accreditation and Memberships

  • Western Association of School and Colleges (Senior Colleges and Universities)
  • American Association of Colleges and Universities
  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (California)
  • Faculty memberships in the American Association of University Professors


The Andrew Norman Library supports the degree programs of Pacific Oaks College and Pacific Oaks Children's School, as well as independent faculty research. The collection, which comprises more than 17,000 titles, reflects the most current research and centers on early childhood education and curriculum development, human development, family systems and therapy, and child care.


In addition to its campuses in Pasadena and San Jose, Pacific Oaks College offers courses at central locations in Sacramento, Salinas, Santa Cruz, and others. We also offer human development and early childhood education programs online.

Our Students (updated Fall 2013)
Women 93%
Men 7%

Latino(a)/Hispanic 43.9%
African-American 13.0%
White 28.6%
American Indian/Native Alaskan 1.1%
Asian 4.2%
Pacific Islander 1.1%
Not reported 6.2%

Average Age 38