The Human Development program at Pacific Oaks College is designed to provide advanced study in the growth and development of individuals at various stages of the lifespan. As master's candidates, students are immersed in theories of human development and in the biological, psychological, emotional, and sociological factors that contribute to an individual's growth; they learn to critically evaluate the implications those factors have on skills and milestones that develop throughout a lifetime. Graduates are prepared to apply human development theories and principles to their roles as parents, educators, care-givers, supervisors, and other capacities in which they play a significant role in the development of children and adults of any age. The program builds competence in human development, knowledge of the social and political contexts of development, communication skills, integration of theory into practice, and research—preparing graduates to take on leadership roles in a range of settings serving individuals of all ages, as well as families.
Total Credits Required
Bachelor's degree from an accredited university.
Students may be eligible to waive the bachelor's degree requirement if they have at least 10 years of verifiable work experience, have successfully completed Reflections on Life Experience coursework, submitted a portfolio of student work samples, qualify for 30 units of credit by assessment of prior learning, and meet other application criteria.