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BA in Human Development: Working With Adults

The B.A. Completion Program in Human Development: Working with Adults Concentration is designed for those who wish to increase their understanding and enhance their skills working with adults across the lifespan.

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30-60 required for completion, depending on credits transferred in. A minimum of 30 credits must be earned at Pacific Oaks College.

2 years full-time or 4 years part-time

Eligible for Prior Learning Assessment Credits

B.A. Human Development: Working with Adults Concentration

Courses for this B.A. in Human Development degree program with a concentration in working with adults focus on the mastery/utilization of adult-centered curricula, working with diversity in varied adult environments, and understanding the importance of social and cultural context to an adult’s existential experience in various age groups.

Our Credit for Learning from Experience option allows students to accelerate their progress toward a bachelor’s degree by awarding credit for experience they have gained in the workplace.

Sample B.A. in Human Development Courses

Human Development: The Elder Years

Shifting demographics, increased life expectancy, advances in medical technology, economic and financial realities: all these add to the challenges of navigating the later years with grace and dignity. This class provides theory as well as experiential learning. For those who are working with aging populations, interacting with and caring for aging parents or contemplating the aging process, here is an opportunity to explore relevant issues at both the macro and micro level, including deconstructing stereotypes.

Working with Adults

Students are introduced to a rationale and methodology for working with adults in Educational, professional and other settings in this human development course. Topics covered will include adult development, supervising adults, staff evaluation, leadership style, effective communication, and problem solving. Emphasis is on valuing diversity and respecting individuals; active, experiential learning; the interaction between theory and practice; and the impact of social contexts on oneself and others. Students will use observation to enhance their understanding of the challenges inherent in working with adults. They will develop strategies to facilitate adult empowerment and learn to advocate responsibly in diverse settings.

Team Building for Early Childhood Educators and Parents

Designed for administrators, teachers, staff, and parents to create an effective team which values working together with mutual respect. Among the issues addressed will be:

  • Including parents as members of the team working for the growth and support of the children
  • Developing clear communication, written and oral, formal and informal
  • Exploring experiences of power and powerlessness among people with diverse roles, perceptions, and histories

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Admission Requirements

  • 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
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Personal statement