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Online Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development

The online B.A. Completion Program in Human Development: Working With Adults Concentration program will focus on understanding adults in various life stages with the curriculum rooted in adult-centered courses.

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2 years part-time or 4 years full-time

30-60 required for completion

Eligible for Prior Learning Assessment Credits

Online B.A. Human Development: Working with Adults Concentration

Students in this online B.A. Human Development program will work with diversity in varied adult environments and understand the importance of social and cultural context to an adults’ existential experience. Time will be spent exploring diversity in adult environments, and understanding the importance of social and cultural context to an adults’ existential experience across the lifespan.

This online bachelor’s completion program is ideal for adults who have the desire to enroll in this program, but need the flexibility of online coursework.

Sample Courses

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.

Working with Adults

Students are introduced to a rationale and methodology for working with adults in Educational, professional and other settings. 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.

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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