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Admission Requirements at Pacific Oaks College

 

Summer Semester Application Deadline —

April 24, 2017

 

B.A. Early Childhood Education

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Associate’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or a traditional academic (non-vocational) area of study or successful completion of 48 units from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. and meet the following course requirements:
    • Humanities and the Arts (9 units)
    • Science and Math (9 units)
    • Oral and Written Communication (9 units)
      • Minimum of 3 units in English Communications
      • Maximum of 3 units in Early Childhood Education Language Arts
    • Social Science (9 units)
      • Minimum of 3 units in Introductory Psychology
      • Minimum of 3 units in either Introductory Sociology or Cultural Anthropology
  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Application fee
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended

 

B.A. Early Childhood Education with Credit for Learning from Experience (CLE)

  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Application Fee
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Official Transcripts from All Institutions Attended
  • Students are required to complete certain requirements to be approved for this option, which include:
    • 5 to 10 years of verifiable work experience in Early Childhood Education or related field to earn credit for their life experience
    • Complete CLE application prior to starting the HD489/HD499 course and have approval to be in this option from the CLE Committee
    • Complete HD489/HD499 which will help students develop their portfolio
    • Portfolio needs to be completed and approved by the CLE Committee prior to credit being applied to student’s record
    • Prior coursework will be evaluated as part of the Admissions process

 

B.A. Early Childhood Education: Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Successfully complete CBEST (California Basic Education Skills Test) – passing test required in order to teach in California
  • Associate’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or a traditional academic (non-vocational) area of study or successful completion of 60 units from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. and meet the following course requirements:
    • Humanities and the Arts (9 units)
    • Science and Math (9 units)
    • Oral and Written Communication (9 units)
      • Minimum of 3 units in English Communications
      • Maximum of 3 units in Early Childhood Education Language Arts
    • Social Science (9 units)
      • Minimum of 3 units in Introductory Psychology
      • Minimum of 3 units in either Introductory Sociology or Cultural Anthropology
  • Completed application for admission
  • Application fee
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Personal statement

 

B.A. Human Development

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Associate’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in Child Development, or a traditional academic (non-vocational) area of study or successful completion of 60 units from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. and meet the following course requirements:
    • Humanities and the Arts (9 units)
    • Science and Math (9 units)
    • Oral and Written Communication (9 units)
      • Minimum of 3 units in English Communications
      • Maximum of 3 units in Early Childhood Education Language Arts
    • Social Science (9 units)
      • Minimum of 3 units in Introductory Psychology
      • Minimum of 3 units in either Introductory Sociology or Cultural Anthropology
  • Completed application for admission
  • Application fee
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Personal statement

 

M.A. Early Childhood Education programs

  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Application Fee
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in Early Childhood Education or Child Development*

*Students who do not have a B.A. in either Early Childhood Education or Child Development are admitted based on completion of approved courses from a regionally accredited college/university.

 

M.A. Education Programs

*Passing the CBEST exam is an admissions expectation. However, applicants in the M.A. Education with Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, M.A. Education with Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, or Preliminary Education Specialist Credential programs will be granted admission for 1 semester or 2 sessions if they have scheduled their CBEST exam at the time of application. Students without passing CBEST scores at the time of admission must participate in the CBEST workshop and support programs provided by the College. These students must pass the CBEST exam within 1 semester or 2 sessions to be allowed to progress in the program. Students who fail to pass the CBEST within this timeframe will be given the opportunity to change to the M.A. Human Development program, but must meet all admissions requirements for that program. Students who do not wish to change programs will be withdrawn. Students must request results of the exam be sent to Pacific Oaks College. The CBEST exam can be taken multiple times by the student, with a 45-day waiting period after each exam.

 

M.A. Human Development degree programs

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Application Fee
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Personal Statement

 

M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy degree programs

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Application Fee
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Two letters of recommendation; one must be from a current or previous supervisor
  • Interview
  • Essay for specialization

 

M.A. Organizational Leadership and Change

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Application fee
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Personal statement

 

Non-Degree Credential programs

  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Application Fee
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Official Transcripts from the Bachelor’s Degree Granting Institution
  • Official CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) scores
  • Letter of Recommendation required for students whose cumulative GPA is below 2.5
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher except in professional education from a regionally accredited institution

*Passing the CBEST exam is an admissions expectation. However, applicants in the M.A. Education with Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, M.A. Education with Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, or Preliminary Education Specialist Credential programs will be granted admission for 1 semester or 2 sessions if they have scheduled their CBEST exam at the time of application. Students without passing CBEST scores at the time of admission must participate in the CBEST workshop and support programs provided by the College. These students must pass the CBEST exam within 1 semester or 2 sessions to be allowed to progress in the program. Students who fail to pass the CBEST within this timeframe will be given the opportunity to change to the M.A. Human Development program, but must meet all admissions requirements for that program. Students who do not wish to change programs will be withdrawn. Students must request results of the exam be sent to Pacific Oaks College. The CBEST exam can be taken multiple times by the student, with a 45-day waiting period after each exam.

 

Personal Statement

Your Pacific Oaks Application includes a Personal Statement, which provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your writing and communication skills. It also allows Pacific Oaks College to learn more about your educational goals. If given an offer of acceptance, your personal statement will be assessed for content, writing style, grammar and mechanics, as well as reflection and self-assessment.  Based on an evaluation of your personal statement, upon matriculation you may be required to participate in the Academic Writing Seminar.

 Personal Statement Format

The following format is required to ensure readability of your personal statement.
500 words typed, double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman.

To complete your personal statement, select the question below that applies to you:

  • School of Cultural & Family Psychology applicants must answer question number one.
  • Schools of Education and Human Development applicants may choose any question to answer.
  1. Describe two challenges in your life you have experienced. Explain what those challenges mean to you and how those challenges will help you pursue your professional goals at Pacific Oaks College. Incorporate one source in your response as a means to support your statement. Lastly, explain how will you contribute and uphold the Pacific Oaks mission and core values during your course work and professional development.
  1. Describe a time when you needed to work in a team. Explain what skills are needed to be a part of a team and if working in a team environment is an effective method for learning. Incorporate one source in your response as a means to support your statement. Lastly, explain how will you contribute and uphold the Pacific Oaks mission and core values during your course work and professional development.
  1. Describe a challenge you have experienced with technology. Explain how that specific experience will aid you in your education and further use of technology as a learning tool. Incorporate one source in your response as a means to support your statement. Lastly, explain how will you contribute