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Online Master’s Degree in Human Development: Leadership in Education and Human Services Specialization

The Leadership in Education and Human Services specialization of this online Master’s program is focused on developing collaborative leadership skills, fine-tuning interpersonal communication skills, and facilitating team building.

2 year full time or 4 years part time
30 credits required for completion
Available online

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Online M.A. Human Development: Leadership in Education and Human Services Specialization

The Online M.A. Human Development: Leadership in Education and Human Services program allows working adults to achieve a Master’s degree by completing online coursework when it works for them. This flexibility makes it possible for adults to achieve the next level in their professional lives without sacrificing their job or family life.

Candidates will learn how to understand and work with adults in various social and cultural environments and circumstances. The ideal candidate for this online Master’s in Human Development has extensive experience in direct service work; they want to make an impact at a higher level by providing mentoring & leadership to others who are engaged in direct service work.

Other M.A. Human Development Concentrations


All M.A. and Credential programs require fieldwork or field experience appropriate to the program emphasis. Fieldwork ranges from classroom observations to completion of fieldwork- related projects at the students’ place of employment.

Sample Courses

Developmental Themes and Transformation Across the Lifespan

This online course provides an in-depth analysis and synthesis of developmental themes that begin in early childhood, transform and recur in later stages of the life cycle. It includes a critical reflection on developmental theories, exploring the ways that complex factors influence a person’s engagement with issues and challenges over their lifetime. Student reflections on self and others within the contexts of their lives are used to enhance and deepen the learning process. This class meets the research competency.

Authentic Assessment

This online course will define and explore creative models and frameworks of assessment/evaluation for programs, schools and organizations, from a life span perspective. Particular focus areas will include continuums of traditional/non-traditional, standardized/ developmental, and quantitative/qualitative data collection for program design, evaluation and structural planning. Emphasis will be placed on addressing subjectivity, ethics, biases and cultural models of deviance. Outside observation hours are required.

Admission Requirements

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Application Fee
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Personal Statement
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