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Pacific Oaks College
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Established 1945
Type Independent, upper-level,
Endowment $7.8 million
President Carolyn H. Denham resigned 2/20/09. Acting President is David G.Marker, PhD.
Faculty 34 Core Faculty in Pasadena Campus (1:18 Faculty/Student Ratio)
Undergraduates 1,281 (285 undergraduates, 996 graduates, 185 Full-time, 1,096 Part-time)
Location Pasadena, CA
Distance Learning
Campus Suburban, 4-acre (16,000 m2) campus in Pasadena
Mascot N/A

Pacific Oaks College is located in Pasadena, California, United States.

Pacific Oaks College is a learning institution that is training students not only to be professionals but advocates. Its anti-bias curriculum has created strong efforts to challenge social injustice and point out issues related to social changes, human development, and child development. Respect for diversity and individual values are the basic concepts of Pacific Oaks’ educational philosophy.

Pacific Oaks College offers degree programs designed for the working adult. Classes are offered in a variety of formats: daytime, evenings, weekends, online and week-long. In addition, several degree programs are offered in a "cohort" model, where a group of students are admitted and move through the program together.

The Faculty of Pacific Oaks gives priority to the development of students, providing individual attention and assisting students in focusing on and achieving their professional goals. Classes are small and interactive. Everyone in the classroom is considered both learner and teacher, with life experience to contribute. Issues of social justice, of equity and fairness, of diversity in all of its manifestations, are themes emphasized in the curriculum.

The college itself offers a variety of degrees ranging from a Bachelor's of Arts in Human Development, Master's of Arts in Human Development, Marriage, Family and Child Counseling, Multiple Subject Teacher Education, and Teacher Education for Special Education for Mild to Moderate Disabilities. Each program offers an array of areas students may choose to specialize in.

Pacific Oaks College's main campus in Pasadena, CA is located adjacent to a National Historic Landmark - The Gamble House. Its Eureka campus where most classes are hosted is about one mile (1.6 km) north of Old Town Pasadena.


Academic programs

  • B.A. & M.A. in Human Development
  • M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, MFT
  • MFT Specializations in African American and Latina/o Family Studies
  • Teacher Education Program
  • Online programs: Human Development B.A., M.A., and Post-Graduate Certificate
  • Admission by Life Experience (ABLE)


  • Pacific Oaks College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, American Association of Colleges and Universities, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (California), and has the faculty memberships in the American Association of University Professors.
  • Its M.A. in MFT program satisfies all of the requirements of the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), (Business & Professions Code Sections 4980.41 (a) (d) (e)) for licensing in Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • Its Teacher Education Program is certified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) for certification in Education Specialist Credential, Mild to Moderate Disabilities Level I & Level II and Preliminary Multiple Subject English Learner Teaching Credential.

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