- Department Information
- Program Description
- Career Opportunities
- Program Structure and Requirements
- Major Requirements
Program for Accelerated College Education
Academic Programs and Graduate Studies
Student Services and Administration Building
Academic Director: Donna Wiley (Interim)
PACE is an innovative program which enables adult working students to make accelerated progress toward a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in either Human Development or Liberal Studies. PACE classes are the same as those taken by students pursuing their degrees through the traditional university format. The only difference is the carefully structured course sequence, as well as the flexible method of delivery which may include course materials online. The PACE Program is also available at the Cal State East Bay Concord Campus.
- Hayward Hills Campus
- Concord Campus
Graduates in Human Development enjoy a wide variety of professional career opportunities. Among these are business, consulting, counseling and social services, probation/corrections, and education. The Human Development major is excellent preparation for graduate programs in law, clinical psychology, public administration, and business administration.
Liberal Studies graduates go on to a broad range of careers and occupations in community services, business, government, early childhood education and the elementary (K-8) teaching profession. The Liberal Studies major is also excellent preparation for law school and graduate work in numerous fields such as public administration.
PACE students are provided with a curriculum roadmap consisting of 12 to 13 units per quarter that allows them to complete their degree in two years. All classes are offered evenings, weekends, or online for the convenience of the working adult. The Human Development major can be fully completed online. PACE students also have access to intensive advising services in AACE, and are eligible to apply for the Bernard Osher Reentry Scholarship.
Students who come into the program with all entry requirements met, including sufficient transfer units, may complete the B.A. or B.S. in a minimum of seven quarters.
PACE Priority: Seating is reserved for PACE students in designated classes through the first pass of regular registration. PACE registration privileges only apply to the first pass of registration. Students placed on a waitlist for a course will be taken in the order in which they were placed on the waitlist. Also, students who miss the first class may be dropped.
The best preparation for entry into the PACE Program is the completion of lower division General Education requirements. PACE welcomes inquiries from community college counselors and prospective students. Pre-admission advising for potential transfer students is available provided that previous college transcripts are supplied. Specific entry requirements are:
- Must be working at least 30 hours per week.
- Completion of 60 transferable semester units with a minimum GPA of 2.00.
- Completion of the following specific course requirements with a grade of "C" or better:
- Written communication
- Oral communication
- Critical Thinking
- A transferable Math or Statistics course
Students should check with their community college transfer advisor for specific courses that meet these requirements.
- Lower-division General Education coursework must be completed for PACE admission. Please consult with a community college transfer advisor for questions regarding Cal State East Bay's lower-division GE requirements.
Application to PACE is a two-step process. Prospective students must first apply to the university using the CSUMentor online application. Students must then complete the PACE application, which is available online from the PACE website, www.csueastbay.edu/pace.
PACE applicants are evaluated for acceptance into the PACE program after they are admitted to the university. Students will be notified of their acceptance into the program by email. Students are normally admitted to PACE in Fall Quarter each year due to the cohort nature of the program. However, students may apply for other quarters and will be accepted into the program on a space available basis. Students who have not completed the PACE entry requirements are encouraged to do so, either at Cal State East Bay or at their community college, and reapply to the program when they are completed.
Program Structure and Requirements
PACE students are provided with a program curriculum roadmap that provides a quarter-by-quarter schedule of their program's course offerings. Students are expected to follow the roadmap as closely as possible, taking a minimum of eight units each quarter, or risk being discontinued from the PACE program.