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Study at our San Jose, CA campus.

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

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Learning rooted in experience.

Often referred to as the “Capital of Silicon Valley,” San Jose is a vibrant, diverse city that serves as home to such high-tech companies as Google, Apple, PayPal, eBay, and Cisco Systems. At our San Jose Campus, your learning experience is expanded with a variety of extensive networking, fieldwork, and professional opportunities.

Because we commit to providing an education centered on culture, our students are immersed in an environment that celebrates diversity, inclusion, and equality. Through experiential learning, real-world practice, and strong curriculum, Pacific Oaks helps prepare you to make an impact.

Here are just a few of the things that set us apart:

  • We are flexible and convenient, whether you take classes on-ground, online, or both.
  • Credit for Learning from Experience – earn up to 30 transfer credit hours that you can apply toward select degree programs.
  • Scholarships may be available – inquire today to learn more about scholarships for incoming students.
  • Regionally-accredited, nonprofit institution – Pacific Oaks has been a leader in education for 70 years.

Our Programs in San Jose

Early Childhood Education – Bachelor’s Program

Specializations in:

  • Trauma

Education – Master’s Program

Specializations in:

  • Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential
  • Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Human Development – Bachelor’s and Master’s programs

Specializations in:

  • Early Childhood Education & Development
  • Social Change
  • Active Learning Across the Lifespan (Bachelor’s only)
  • Working with Adults (Bachelor’s only)
  • Therapeutic Companion (Bachelor’s only)
  • Ecological Perspectives of Lifespan Development (Master’s only)
  • Leadership in Education and Human Services (Master’s only)

Marriage and Family Therapy – Master’s

Specializations in:

  • African-American Family Studies
  • Latina/o Family Studies
  • Trauma Studies

Stand-Alone Teacher Credentialing

  • Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential (CA)
  • Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (CA)
  • Transitional Kindergarten (TK)


When can I start?

Students are accepted year-round. We offer three convenient start dates for campus-based students, and six start dates for online students.

Where can I go for help?

Instructors, an academic advisor, CARE (Center for Achievement, Resources, and Enrichment), library services, and more.

Is Pacific Oaks accredited?

Pacific Oaks College is regionally-accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

About Pacific Oaks College

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.