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Response to Executive Order on Immigration

February 01, 2017

Dear Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School Community, I write today to directly address the deeply troubling Executive Order Donald Trump signed on Friday, January 27, 2017, restricting people from seven countries and refugees from entering the United States.  Anxieties are high as we wait with the rest of the world to understand the impact… Read more »

Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School Honor Legacy of Gretchen Brooke, Alumna and Northern California Pioneer, with Announcement of Memorial Scholarship

January 27, 2017

Pacific Oaks College (PO) announced the Gretchen Brooke Memorial Scholarship in fall 2016, a merit scholarship awarded to eligible Northern California-based students who exemplify the values of PO. New and current students at the San Jose Campus and Northern California sites are eligible to apply now for the scholarship. Named for a beloved member of… Read more »

How to Become a Marriage Counselor

January 24, 2017

For those interested in psychology and helping others, a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) can open up a variety of career opportunities.

A Guide to Teacher Education Programs in California

January 18, 2017

The teacher education program at Pacific Oaks gives its graduates the tools and knowledge to handle today’s culturally diverse classrooms with dignity and respect for both the teachers and the students.

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Courses Involved In Obtaining a Human Development Degree

January 18, 2017

Coursework in the human development degree program is comprised of learning to understand the often complex issues that people deal with throughout a lifetime.

How to Become an Elementary School Teacher in California

January 18, 2017

Take a look at what is required to become an elementary school teacher in California, and how an online teaching credential can help.

How to Get Your M.A. in Early Childhood Education

January 18, 2017

Obtaining an M.A. Early Childhood Education degree can be a challenging, but worthwhile, task. Find out how.

Jobs for African American Studies Majors

November 18, 2016

Career options for a Master’s in African American studies degree.

Teacher Credentialing Requirements in CA

November 12, 2016

If you are interested in becoming a teacher in the state of California, it is important that you understand all of the requirements for teacher credentialing in order to ensure the process flows as smoothly as possible.

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How to get an M.A. in Human Development

November 02, 2016

The human development master’s degree program is intended for those who wish to become administrators, program directors, and case managers.

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Global Citizen

November 08, 2016

On November 22, 1963, a 13-year-old Patricia Breen woke up in Tokyo to news she would never forget. President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas. Within minutes, word spread across the globe—all the way to the American Embassy where her father was stationed. “I had gone to sleep with my radio on, and… Read more »

A Few Good Families

November 08, 2016

Margie Young was an infant when her father, Robert “Bob” Young, got together with six local families in Pasadena to found a children’s school unlike any other. Her father was Quaker. Some of the other families were not. But it was a shared belief in equality and social justice that united them to give their… Read more »

The Invaluable Lessons of Service

November 07, 2016

For more than seven decades, Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School has fostered a culture of social justice through volunteerism and community service—extending its core values from the Pasadena community to as far as villages in South Africa. When a catastrophic earthquake rocked the island of Haiti six years ago, killing more than 100,000 people… Read more »

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Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School Honor Legacy of Gretchen Brooke, Alumna and Northern California Pioneer, with Announcement of Memorial Scholarship

January 27, 2017

Pacific Oaks College (PO) announced the Gretchen Brooke Memorial Scholarship in fall 2016, a merit scholarship awarded to eligible Northern California-based students who exemplify the values of PO. New and current students at the San Jose Campus and Northern California sites are eligible to apply now for the scholarship. Named for a beloved member of… Read more »

Southern California School Expands Roots in Northern California, Pacific Oaks College Announces Grand Opening of San Jose Campus

October 10, 2016

PASADENA and SAN JOSE, Calif. – After years of instructional cohorts in Northern California, Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School (PO) announces the grand opening of a new branch campus based in San Jose, Calif. Drawing a large crowd of more than 75 attendees, the grand opening took place in late September and gathered alumni,… Read more »

Pacific Oaks College Announces Dolores Huerta as Commencement Speaker

April 01, 2016

PASADENA, CA– April 1, 2016: The 56th Commencement Ceremony of Pacific Oaks College will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium with a commencement address by Dolores Huerta, labor activist and co-founder of United Farm Workers. Pacific Oaks College anticipates graduating nearly 400 students, who will earn bachelor and master level… Read more »

Pacific Oaks College Announces Marcia Bankirer as Dean of New San Jose Campus

March 11, 2016

Pacific Oaks College announced the installation of a new Dean, Marcia Bankirer, Ph.D. to their newly established branch in San Jose, CA located at 1245 S. Winchester Blvd. The new campus provides students a home base for their studies with seven integrated classrooms, ample administrative space, and the resources needed for a successful educational experience.… Read more »

Terry Ratcliff, Ed.D., Named Pacific Oaks College’s Dean of Academic Affairs

March 01, 2016

Pacific Oaks College proudly welcomed Terry Ratcliff, Ed.D. as Dean of Academic Affairs. Dr. Ratcliff comes to Pacific Oaks with over thirty years of experience in the field of higher education. Most recently, he held an interim appointment as the Executive Director of Distance and Extended Education for the University of Idaho. Just before his arrival, Dr. Ratcliff shared with… Read more »

Dr. Patricia Ann Breen Inaugurated as Tenth President of Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School

October 07, 2015

Oct. 7, 2015 (Pasadena, Calif.)  Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School (POC) proudly celebrated the inauguration of its 10th President, Dr. Patricia A. Breen, on Friday, Oct. 2, at Pasadena’s historic Castle Green. Addressing the POC Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students and teachers—as well as such local leaders as Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, Viola… Read more »

Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School Welcomes its 10th President

June 18, 2015

June 18, 2015 (Pasadena, Calif.) – On June 1, lifelong educator, previous TCS Education System (TCS Ed System) senior executive, and current provost of Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School, Dr. Patricia A. Breen took the helm of an institution she fell in love with years ago, officially assuming her new role as its 10th president.… Read more »

Introducing the 10th President of Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School

May 06, 2015

Dear Members of the Pacific Oaks Community, On behalf of the Pacific Oaks Board of Trustees I am excited to share with you that during our Annual Meeting on May 1, the Board unanimously elected Dr. Patricia Breen as the 10th President of Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School, effective June 1. Dr. Breen’s history… Read more »

Pacific Oaks Alumnus Shares the Secrets to Success at Inaugural Human Development Speaker Series

April 01, 2015

The School of Human Development at Pacific Oaks College will be holding the first of its Speaker Series events, SPICES: The Key Ingredients to Unlock Your Life Path, presented by Pacific Oaks alumnus Sarai Koo. Sarai Koo, Ph.D., graduated from Pacific Oaks College in 2006 with a master’s in Human Development and went on to… Read more »

Pacific Oaks Celebrates 2nd Annual Alumni Community Service Day

March 15, 2015

On March 21, a group of alumni, their families, and staff gathered at the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society for Pacific Oaks’ 2nd Annual Alumni Community Service Day. The group was welcomed by Joe and Carla, two shelter volunteers who provided a history of the Humane Society and instructions for the days work. The group… Read more »

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Life Saver

January 24, 2017

Myriam Avery built on her Pacific Oaks College master’s thesis to open an international adoption agency. Today, this proud alumna is bringing hope to children who wait around the globe for a family to call their own. Myriam Avery is no stranger to adoption. At 10 years old, she was adopted by a stepparent. She… Read more »

World View

January 24, 2017

As Pacific Oaks College’s first student to study abroad in South Africa, recent graduate Paula Swearingen reflects on how the experience prepared her for her current role in early childhood education. Paula Swearingen grew up playing “teacher,” often offering to babysit neighborhood kids for free. Even then, she knew early childhood education could change lives… Read more »

STEM Champion

January 24, 2017

Pacific Oaks alumna Susan Wood lives her mission delivering science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum in early childhood education settings. An aspiring elementary school teacher, Susan Wood was studying at a local city college in Pasadena when she saw a job posting that intrigued her. “Preschool teacher wanted. No experience preferred.” It seemed almost too… Read more »

Quinn Hunter McGonagle, Pacific Oaks Children’s School Alumna

January 17, 2017

As an alumna of the Children’s School, what would you describe as some of your best memories there? Even though it was more than thirty years ago that I attended Pacific Oaks Children’s School as a youngster, I still have many vivid memories I cherish to this day. Mostly, I remember riding a tricycle up… Read more »

Dr. Andrew Kami—M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy, Class of 2008

January 17, 2017

Tell me a little about what led to your decision to get a master’s degree from Pacific Oaks. One inspiration was watching the compassion of a nurse I encountered while in the service. I was injured in Iraq and woke up in the hospital surrounded by people I had been in combat with. One person… Read more »

Heaven Cisse at Pacific Oaks

Community Connector

November 02, 2016

Pacific Oaks College alumna Heaven Cisse received valuable hands-on practicum experience while finishing a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. Within days of graduation, the agency offered her a full-time job.

Byron Flitsch

Top Teacher

November 02, 2016

Pacific Oaks College alumnus and recent “Teacher of the Year” award winner Byron Flitsch combines his fun-loving zest for life and early childhood education training to inspire his students to love writing.

Identity Factor – Sharon Chang, M.A.

November 02, 2016

Pacific Oaks’ Alum Sharon Chang helps others address the complex questions that race and ethnicity pose in the U.S. today.