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Online Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development

Coursework in the Online B.A. Human Development: Active Learning Across the Lifespan focuses on different phases of life, from birth to the later years, and also addresses issues spanning across multiple life stages.

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2 years full-time or 4 years part-time

30-60 credits required for completion

Credit for Learning from Experience option is available

Online B.A. Human Development: Active Learning Across the Lifespan Concentration

This online Bachelor’s program focuses on learning within different generations, the issues, struggles, and successes, and how social context effects the learning style of each age group. It’s ideal for working adults who need to balance life, employment and school with flexibility of online coursework.

Students will gain a holistic perspective of human development and be prepared to work in integrated, cross-generational settings including family and community advocacy. 

Sample Courses

Developing Anti-bias Curriculum: Teaching Our Values to Our Children

This class will introduce foundational concepts, models and rationale for developing anti-bias curriculum, with a particular focus on early childhood Education and developmentally appropriate practice. Attitudes and behaviors towards others in the areas of gender, race, culture, abilities and class will be addressed. Other content will include: developmental issues, curriculum models, analysis of resources/materials and beginning advocacy tools. The importance of self-introspection and critical thinking will be stressed.

Life-Span Learning and Education

This class examines traditions that underlie a developmental, experiential, open-structured approach to education and learning across the life span. Content includes exploration of one’s own values and the values reflected in educational programs and practices; the role of education as a tool of oppression and liberation for different groups in society; and personal and political strategies for educational change. Issues and trends are considered from a life-span development, cross-cultural perspective. All ages of learners will also be explored.

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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