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About Pacific Oaks College

Learning Rooted in Experience


A nonprofit, regionally accredited higher education institution, Pacific Oaks offers bachelor’s completion and master’s programs in a variety of fields, including Human Development, Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), Education, Early Childhood Education (ECE), Teacher Credentialing, and Organizational Leadership.

Having built our programs to meet the needs of the California community, our campus locations include Pasadena and San Jose, as well as remote cohort locations and instructional sites throughout Northern and Southern California. Our programs are also available online—giving you the chance to pursue a degree while maintaining other commitments.

Rooted in the extraordinary potential that lives in every human being, Pacific Oaks offers an environment where your perspective and experience can play an integral part in your educational journey. Through our unique progressive approach to teaching and learning, everyone in our classrooms is both student and teacher. Students relate subjects to their own personal experiences—sharing with the teacher and fellow students. From this unique pedagogy, you will learn from sharing your experiences as well as hearing those of your fellow classmates.

Pacific Oaks has already made a significant impact in Early Childhood Education in the United States. And our students continue to make a positive impact in California as well as the communities around them.

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

—John Dewey

Affiliations & Accreditation

Ensuring that Pacific Oaks programs remain rooted in quality and excellence, we maintain accreditation, licensure, and affiliation with various regional, national, and international organizations.

Our Community

Learn more about Pacific Oaks’ Alumni, Faculty, and Leadership.

Facts & Figures

Learn more about the achievements of our graduates—including career outcomes—and what makes Pacific Oaks so unique.

History & Impact

Established to address a need for a more progressive and inclusive approach to early childhood education, Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School was founded to help individuals develop knowledge from within.

Mission & Core Values

With principles of social justice woven into our mission and core values, Pacific Oaks gives students the opportunity to become part of a global community, informing their ability to affect change in their communities.

Strategic Plan

Our Strategic Plan outlines our vision, strategy, and goals—detailing our plan to sustain and advance our mission.

Visit Us

Schedule a tour or meet with one of our advisors at our beautiful campuses in either Pasadena or San Jose.