Pacific Oaks College emerged from the same vision that brought seven Quaker families together over 60 years ago to form the Children's School. That vision embraced lifelong learning that began with childhood and extended through adulthood. What started with the Children's School expanded in 1959 when a teacher education component grew out of the program and Pacific Oaks College opened. Today, the College remains dedicated to the same fundamental principles on which it was founded over five decades ago—inclusion, social justice, and the valuing of every human being.
As the Children’s School has continued to flourish—offering local families its progressive philosophy and pioneering accomplishments in the areas of anti-bias education, emergent curriculum, and peaceful conflict resolution—the College has been recognized as well for its groundbreaking efforts to reduce bias within our nation’s education system and for equipping graduates with the skills they need to help people from diverse backgrounds, learning styles, and strengths uncover their individual potential. More than just a respected leader in the field, the College has gained a reputation for providing students with a transformative educational experience that invites them to embark on a journey of self-exploration in which they realize their distinctive strengths and gifts and then learn to do the same for their students and clients.
Building on a strong history of preparing professionals to work in early childhood settings, the College is extending its focus across the lifespan today through bachelor's-completion, master's, and certificate programs in human development, counseling, education, early childhood education, and teacher credentialing.
Pacific Oaks College is a not-for-profit, accredited higher education institution.
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