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About Pacific Oaks College

Learning Rooted in Experience


A nonprofit, regionally accredited higher education institution, Pacific Oaks offers bachelor’s and master’s programs in a variety of fields, including Social Work, Business and Management, PsychologyEarly Childhood Education (ECE)EducationTeacher CredentialingHuman Development, and Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT).

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 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
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