Pacific Oaks College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001. WSCUC is a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). The College has been accredited since 1959. For additional information see www.wascsenior.org.
Program Specific Approvals
School of Education
Courses in the credential programs meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) requirements for a California Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential or Preliminary Education Specialist Credential.
School of Cultural and Family Psychology
The M.A. in MFT program satisfies all of the requirements of SB 33 and the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) (Business and Professions Code Sections 4980.36c, d e 4980.39, 4980.40, and 4980.41).
The MFT program prepares graduates to sit for the California MFT exam to earn a Marriage and Family Therapist License awarded by the California Board of Behavioral Science.
[The following information is current as of the date of this publication. For more current information, please visit https://www.pacificoaks.edu/about/accreditation-affiliation/].
Pacific Oaks College has authority to offer its online programs in the State of Alaska by way of an exemption granted by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education pursuant to Alaska regulation 20 AAC 17.015(a)(8).
Pacific Oaks College has authority to operate in the State of California by way of an exemption granted by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education pursuant to California Education Code section 94874(i).
An individual may contact the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education for review of a complaint. The bureau may be contacted at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, http://www.bppe.ca.gov, Phone (916) 431-6924, Fax (916) 263-1897
Pacific Oaks College is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission to enroll Maryland students in fully online distance education programs. The Commission’s registration of the fully online programs is not an authorization of the institution to operate in Maryland or an approval or endorsement of the institution’s programs.
Pacific Oaks College has registered in Pennsylvania with the Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education as an out-of-state distance education provider to enroll residents of Pennsylvania in its online programs.
Pacific Oaks College has met the requirements of Utah Code Ann. § 13-34a-203 to be a registered postsecondary school legally authorized by the State of Utah.
[This registration was obtained exclusively for POC’s online programs ONLY.]
Program Disclosures for Licensure for CA Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy - Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Specialization
Students wishing to qualify additionally for licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of California, may do so via selection of the LPCC Specialization, which include the following courses, totaling 5 units: MFT 670 - Career Development Theories and Techniques (3 units); MFT 681 - Advanced Topics in Addictions Counseling (1 unit); and, MFT 683 - Advanced Topics in Psychopharmacology (1 unit).
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (All Specializations)
The M.A. in MFT programs satisfies all of the requirements of SB 33 and the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) (Business and Professions Code Sections 4980.36c, d e 4980.39, 4980.40, and 4980.41).
The MFT programs prepares graduates to sit for the California MFT exam to earn a Marriage and Family Therapist License awarded by the California Board of Behavioral Science. Pacific Oaks MFT program coursework meets each of the following BBS requirements:
- Integrates Marriage and Family Therapy principles throughout the curriculum.
- Integrates the principles of mental health recover- oriented care and methods of service delivery in recovery-oriented practice environments, among others, throughout the curriculum.
- Integrates an understanding of various cultures, the social and psychological implications of socioeconomic position, and an understanding of how poverty and social stress impact an individual’s mental health and recovery.
- Encourages students to develop the personal qualities that are intimately related to effective practice including integrity, sensitivity, flexibility, insight, compassion, and personal presence.
- Provides students with the opportunity to meet with various consumer and family members of consumers of mental health services to enhance understanding of their experience of mental illness, treatment, and recovery.