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California Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

The information found below is meant to be an informative guide for anyone looking for teaching schools in California. There are many colleges and universities in California that offer teacher preparation programs that prepare aspiring teachers for a long career in the classroom. For more information on the various teaching degrees in California, scroll down to find a table of top-rated teaching programs and a list of accredited teacher preparation programs as well as student reviews. Whether you’re fresh out of school or looking to change your current career, the teacher career guide below can help you jumpstart your way into a fascinating career in education.

Schools with Teaching Programs

  • There are 120 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in California.1
  • 32 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in education.1
  • 44 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in education.1
  • 54 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1

Institutional Facts for Schools with Teaching Programs

  • Highest graduation rate*: Stanford University 94%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Notre Dame de Namur University 48%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Loyola Marymount University $40,226.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: California State University-Los Angeles $3,160.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for teaching degree programs in California*: $1,640 – $40,757.2
  • 11 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2017: California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo (#21 in-state, #17 out-of-state), California State University-Long Beach (#52 in-state, #39 out-of-state), San Diego State University (#59 in-state, #45 out-of-state), University of California-Berkeley (#3 in-state, #7 out-of-state), University of California-Davis (#30 in-state, #66 out-of-state), University of California-Irvine (#23 in-state, #44 out-of-state), University of California-Los Angeles (#6 in-state, #14 out-of-state), University of California-San Diego (#17 in-state, #31 out-of-state), University of California-Santa Barbara (#23 in-state, #28 out-of-state), University of California-Santa Cruz (#50 in-state, #95 out-of-state), University of California-Riverside (#69 in-state, #98 out-of-state).3
  • 19 schools ranked in US News Best Graduate Education Programs in 2017: Stanford University (#2), University of California-Los Angeles (#3), University of Southern California (#15), University of California-Berkeley (#18), University of California-Irvine (#25), University of California-Davis (#36), University of California-Santa Barbara (#52), San Diego State University (#57), Loyola Marymount University (#62), University of California-San Diego (#69), University of California-Riverside (#72), University of San Diego (#89), University of California-Santa Cruz (#101), Claremont Graduate University (#120), Mills College (#120), California State University-Los Angeles (#135), University of San Francisco (#168), California State University-East Bay (#172), Chapman University (#172).4
  • 7 schools ranked in US News Best Online Graduate Education Programs in 2017: San Diego State University (#22), University of San Diego (#22), California State University-Fullerton (#47), Brandman University (#101), California Baptist University (#101), National University (#149), California State University-East Bay (#197).5
  • 21 not-for-profit teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP (see below).

*For 4-year colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA): UCLA is a world-renowned institution of higher education located in Los Angeles, CA. The university is home to the top-ranked UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies that specializes in research and instruction geared towards improving teaching and learning methodologies for learners of all ages. The School prepares students to be leaders in the field of education regarding policy, research, and practice. The Department of Education was recently ranked fifth in the country according to US News & World Report for overall performance. The department also ranked third in the administration category for higher education. The department offers a minor in undergraduate education as well as MA’s and PhD’s in five areas of emphasis. Students can also choose to pursue three different MEd programs or an EdD program. Prospective students are welcome to visit the department’s website or attend one of the many recruiting events held by the college throughout the calendar year.

Pepperdine University: Pepperdine is a prestigious private university located on the shores of Malibu, CA. The university is home to the Graduate School of Education and Psychology that offers graduate degrees in Education, Learning Technologies, Administration, Organizational Change, Organizational Leadership, and Educational Leadership. Each program has its own unique set of admissions criteria with most programs requiring official transcripts, professional recommendations and a statement of purpose. Some programs require graduate testing while others do not. Many of the programs have several different pathways and can be completed while working full time. Many of the programs, including the Master of Art in Education can be completed in as little as one calendar year. Pathways for the MA in Education include Educational Psychology, Literacy, and STEM.

Top-Rated Teacher Preparation Programs

We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in Minnesota according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.

While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states. We have also included rankings from US News as well as ratings from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a research and policy group that scores teacher preparation programs at the national level using key standards chosen to measure students’ preparation for success in teaching. For further information on the NCTQ’s program rankings, please see the notes below the table.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality.

Programs that are not ranked, or for which data is not available, in a given category are denoted as “–“.

State-Approved School CAEP Accred.?2 NCTQ UG Elementary Prog. % (2016)*7 NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)7 Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment (2014-15)8 Teacher Prep Prog. Completers (2014-15)8 Licensing Exams Pass Rate (2013-14)8 Net Price**1
Antioch University No 73 24 88%
Azusa Pacific University Yes 517 212 94% $28,340
Biola University No 282 77 96% $32,607
Brandman University Yes 838 133 99% $12,504
California Baptist University No 309 70 94% $26,548
California Lutheran University Yes 132 67 99% $30,266
California Polytechnic State University-Pomona No 176 113 96% $18,238
California State Polytechnic University-San Luis Obispo No 293 166 94% $13,603
California State University-Bakersfield Yes 76% 982 144 97% $6,376
California State University-Channel Islands No 51 48 94%
California State University-Chico Yes 32% 142 217 97% $13,583
California State University-Dominguez Hills Yes 427 130 88% $3,764
California State University-East Bay No 63% 236 157 97% $10,131
California State University-Fresno Yes 371 260 94% $6,846
California State University-Fullerton Yes 495 339 98% $7,915
California State University-Long Beach Yes 602 431 97% $9,597
California State University-Los Angeles Yes 455 169 93% $3,160
California State University-Monterey Bay No 171 55 93%
California State University-Northridge Yes 60% 428 266 98% $7,075
California State University-Sacramento No 155 220 100% $8,956
California State University-San Bernadino Yes 211 195 100% $6,984
California State University-San Marcos No 116 205 98% $10,543
California State University-Stanislaus No 230 166 83% $7,387
Chapman University Yes 102 40 100% $36,602
Claremont Graduate University No 61 5
Concordia University-Irvine No 57% 95 46 82% $26,643
Dominican University of California No 100 51 96% $34,908
Fielding Graduate University No
Fresno Pacific University No 357 82 100% $16,167
Hebrew Union College No 12 12
Holy Names University No 75 3 $24,911
Humboldt State University No 8 78 99% $13,216
Humphreys University No 63 7 $11,250
La Sierra University No 83 1 $23,819
Loma Linda University No
Loyola Marymount University Yes 635 160 91% $40,226
Mills College No 47% 89% 2 48 87% $27,181
Mount Saint Mary’s University No 88 40 93% $28,274
National University Yes 13% 3400 484 94% $22,149
Notre Dame de Namur University No 45% 251 63 95% $27,952
Pacific Oaks College No 77 11 58%
Pacific Union College No 47 9 $23,853
Patten University No 60 0
Pepperdine University No 67 91 96% $33,721
Point Loma Nazarene University Yes 242 65 90% $30,360
San Diego Christian College No 24 7 $27,243
San Diego State University No 132 229 100% $14,048
San Francisco State University No 223 173 92% $12,941
San Jose State University Yes 267 200 91% $13,642
Santa Clara University No 149 111 94% $37,198
Simpson University No 113 47 100% $20,110
Sonoma State University No 87 170 93%
St. Mary’s College of California No 151 124 92% $33,075
Stanford University No 0 86 100% $19,245
Teachers College of San Joaquin No 0 0
The Master’s University No 10 8 $24,397
Touro University No 204 31 100%
University of California-Berkeley No 13 55 94% $16,601
University of California-Davis No 0 156 100% $16,841
University of California-Irvine No 0 172 99% $14,662
University of California-Los Angeles No 153 128 98% $13,816
University of California-Riverside No 5 85 100%
University of California-San Diego No 67 33 92% $14,933
University of California-Santa Barbara No 4 78 94%
University of California-Santa Cruz No 80 76 100% $17,550
University of LaVerne Yes 606 112 96% $24,462
University of the Redlands No 57% 86% 585 141 92% $31,686
University of San Diego Yes 97 82 100% $35,950
University of San Francisco No 207 169 99% $35,641
University of Southern California Yes 384 236 91% $31,384
University of the Pacific Yes 63%

164 127 97% $33,816
Vanguard University No 42 36 88% $23,125
Westmont College No 16 12 100%
Whittier College No 44 18 75%
William Jessup University No 149 60 93% $20,688

*In 2016, NCTQ rated teaching programs by national percentile based on their overall scores on the NCTQ’s standards for teacher education. Schools that do not provide data on all key standards or that fall below the top 50% of schools nationally are not included by the NCTQ in their ratings. The NCTQ did not release percentiles for all programs in 2016. We will update our information as the NCTQ releases percentiles using its new review process for undergraduate secondary programs. Visit the NCTQ website for more information its standards and methodologies.
**Net price is per year for undergraduate tuition as calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).

Teacher Preparation Programs Accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP

  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Brandman University
  • California Lutheran University
  • California State University-Bakersfield
  • California State University-Chico
  • California State University-Dominguez Hills
  • California State University-Fresno
  • California State University-Fullerton
  • California State University-Long Beach
  • California State University-Los Angeles
  • California State University-Northridge
  • California State University-San Bernardino
  • Chapman University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • National University
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • San Jose┬áState University
  • University of La Verne
  • University of San Diego
  • University of the Pacific
  • University of Southern California

Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies.

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in California

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Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in California

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An asterisk (*) denotes a two-year or certificate program in education. While a two-year degree will not qualify graduates for teacher certification, it can be a good starting point for a teaching career. To learn more about what you can do with this degree, see our guide to associate’s degrees in education.

Allan Hancock College*
800 S College Dr
Santa Maria, CA 93454-6399
(805) 922-6966
www.hancockcollege.edu

Antelope Valley College*
3041 West Ave K
Lancaster, CA 93536-5426
(661) 722-6300
www.avc.edu

Azusa Pacific University
901 E Alosta Ave, PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
(626) 969-3434
www.apu.edu

Cabrillo College*
6500 Soquel Dr
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 479-6100
www.cabrillo.edu

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
1 Grand Ave
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
(805) 756-1111
www.calpoly.edu

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
3801 W Temple Ave
Pomona, CA 91768
(909) 869-7659
www.cpp.edu

California State University-Chico
First and Normal Sts
Chico, CA 95929-0150
(530) 898-6116
www.csuchico.edu

California State University-Dominguez Hills
1000 E Victoria St
Carson, CA 90747-0005
(310) 243-3300
www.csudh.edu

California State University-Fresno
5241 N Maple Ave
Fresno, CA 93740
(559) 278-4240
www.fresnostate.edu

Student Review: “While the teaching credential program at Fresno state was fairly well put together there were a lot of issues that I ran into. The first semester of the three-semester program was mostly review or re-teaching everything I had learned as a liberal studies major. Often times the professors did not communicate with one another and assignments would either contradict one another or have nothing to do with one another. Often times professors were disorganized and would either repeat a lesson or have nothing but review to do for that class period. The second “phase” would probably be the most fun/beneficial. I learned quite a bit on how to settle issues I may come across in the classroom and was able to further my knowledge about child development and teaching. The final phase seemed to be the most challenging and frustrating. We often had huge case studies to do on our students, but would not have access to those types of students (require studying a 4th grader when we were in k-3 classrooms). A lot of the assignments in this phase seemed either pointless or redundant. The professors would “test” us on things that either would have nothing to do with the curriculum or counteracted everything we had been taught previously. I’m not sure if my experience with the credential program being so negative was just because I had the professors that I did, or not. I do know that other students had similar issues with their professors, which were different from mine. Overall, I think that the program was a good program, but it needed some massive organization and communication between the professors, students, and master teachers.” -Courtney C., student at California State University-Fresno
stars-4

California State University-Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840-0115
(562) 985-4111
www.csulb.edu

California State University-Los Angeles
5151 State University Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 343-3000
www.calstatela.edu

California State University-Sacramento
6000 J St
Sacramento, CA 95819-2694
(916) 278-6011
www.csus.edu

California State University-San Bernardino
5500 University Pkwy
San Bernardino, CA 92407-2397
(909) 537-5000
www.csusb.edu

Cerritos College*
11110 Alondra Blvd
Norwalk, CA 90650-6298
(562) 860-2451
cms.cerritos.edu

Chaffey College*
5885 Haven Ave
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737-3002
(909) 987-1737
www.chaffey.edu

Chapman University
One University Dr
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 997-6815
www.chapman.edu

City College of San Francisco*
50 Phelan Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112-1898
(415) 239-3000
www.ccsf.edu

Claremont Graduate University
150 E 10th St
Claremont, CA 91711-6160
(909) 621-8000
www.cgu.edu

College of the Canyons*
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd
Santa Clarita, CA 91355-1899
(661) 259-7800
www.canyons.edu

College of the Sequoias*
915 S Mooney Blvd
Visalia, CA 93277-2214
(559) 730-3700
www.cos.edu

Student Review: “This community college offers excellent science courses taught at CSU and UV levels. The professors challenge students to do well in preparation for transfer, which greatly assisted my own. All of the professors I had were very passionate for their subject and wanted their students to be as interested as they were. Sometimes this meant putting in more work than I had originally intended, but I think this has helped my study habits in the long run. The school I am at now feels like a breeze because of my time spent at College of the Sequoias, and I saved a lot of money by obtaining a good portion of education through the community college system.” -Student at College of the Sequoias
stars-4

College of the Siskiyous*
800 College Ave
Weed, CA 96094
(530) 938-5555
www.siskiyous.edu

Student Review: “The College of the Siskiyous Early childhood Education Program was an enlightening and rewarding experience. They offer hands on training working in the daycare center located directly on campus. This allowed the students to directly practice the techniques they have learned. The instructors were direct, patient, and knowledgeable, and helped to foster a comfortable and rewarding learning environment. The curriculum that the program uses picks authors that are authoritative and easy to understand, with a lot of hands on practice. However the program was a female dominated (I was on of only 2 males there), but I suppose this is to be expected in this career. I was not made to feel uncomfortable or left out due to my gender however, and the instructors never showed any bias. I disliked the limit of the program though, only offering limited degrees, and limited areas in child psychology.” -Nathan R., student at College of the Siskiyous
stars-4

Cosumnes River College*
8401 Center Pkwy
Sacramento, CA 95823-5799
(916) 688-7344
www.crc.losrios.edu

Cypress College*
9200 Valley View
Cypress, CA 90630-5897
(714) 484-7000
www.cypresscollege.edu

Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901-2298
(415) 457-4440
www.dominican.edu

El Camino Community College District*
16007 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90506
(310) 532-3670
www.elcamino.edu

Fresno City College*
1101 E University Ave
Fresno, CA 93741
(559) 442-4600
www.fresnocitycollege.edu

Fresno Pacific University
1717 S Chestnut Ave
Fresno, CA 93702-4709
(559) 453-2000
www.fresno.edu

Fullerton College*
321 E Chapman Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832-2095
(714) 992-7000
www.fullcoll.edu

Gavilan College*
5055 Santa Teresa Blvd
Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 848-4800
www.gavilan.edu

Hartnell College*
411 Central Ave
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 755-6700
www.hartnell.edu

Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619-1699
(510) 436-1000
www.hnu.edu

Hope International University
2500 E Nutwood Ave
Fullerton, CA 92831-3199
(714) 879-3901
www.hiu.edu

Humboldt State University
1 Harpst St
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
(707) 826-3011
www.humboldt.edu

La Sierra University
4500 Riverwalk Pkwy
Riverside, CA 92515-8247
(951) 785-2000
www.lasierra.edu

Lake Tahoe Community College*
One College Dr
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 541-4660
www.ltcc.edu

Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA 92350
(909) 558-1000
www.llu.edu

Los Angeles Mission College*
13356 Eldridge Ave
Sylmar, CA 91342-3245
(818) 364-7600
www.lamission.edu

Los Angeles Southwest College*
1600 W Imperial Hwy
Los Angeles, CA 90047-4899
(323) 241-5225
www.lasc.edu

Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659
(310) 338-2700
www.lmu.edu

Student Review: “I believe that Loyola Marymount University (LMU) has two main strengths: its Jesuit tradition of service-learning and its size. LMU provides countless opportunities to make positive contributions and to learn more about the many issues the world faces with a view to actively contributing to improving others’ lives. For anyone really interested in activism or development, LMU is a good place to gain a variety of hands-on experiences. Additionally, LMU has a small population, which makes for a closer knit community and more personal interactions with both students and faculty. Although this may be seen as a disadvantage when compared to bigger colleges like USC and UCLA, students here have the opportunity to connect with people at different levels of administration, gain close friends and mentors, and generally have a more personalized and nurturing experience.” Ebehi I., student at Loyola Marymount University
stars-4

Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94613
(510) 430-2255
www.mills.edu

MiraCosta College*
One Barnard Dr
Oceanside, CA 92056-3899
(760) 757-2121
www.miracosta.edu

Mission College*
3000 Mission College Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95054-1897
(408) 988-2200
www.missioncollege.org

Mt. San Antonio College*
1100 N Grand Ave
Walnut, CA 91789-1399
(909) 594-5611
www.mtsac.edu

Mt. San Jacinto Community College District*
1499 N State St
San Jacinto, CA 92583-2399
(951) 487-3002
www.msjc.edu

National University
11255 North Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037-1011
(800) 628-8648
www.nu.edu

Notre Dame de Namur University
1500 Ralston Ave
Belmont, CA 94002-1908
(650) 508-3500
www.ndnu.edu

Orange Coast College*
2701 Fairview Rd
Costa Mesa, CA 92628-5005
(714) 432-5072
www.orangecoastcollege.edu

Pacific Union College
One Angwin Ave
Angwin, CA 94508-9707
(707) 965-6313
www.puc.edu

Pasadena City College*
1570 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91106-2003
(626) 585-7123
www.pasadena.edu

Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263
(310) 506-4000
www.pepperdine.edu

Point Loma Nazarene University
3900 Lomaland Dr
San Diego, CA 92106-2899
(619) 849-2200
www.pointloma.edu

Porterville College*
100 E College Ave
Porterville, CA 93257
(559) 791-2200
www.portervillecollege.edu

Sacramento City College*
3835 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95822-1386
(916) 558-2111
www.scc.losrios.edu

Saddleback College*
28000 Marguerite Pkwy
Mission Viejo, CA 92692-3635
(949) 582-4500
www.saddleback.edu

Saint Mary’s College of California
1928 Saint Mary’s Rd
Moraga, CA 94556
(925) 631-4000
www.stmarys-ca.edu

San Diego City College*
1313 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101-4787
(619) 388-3400
www.sdcity.edu

San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, CA 92182
(619) 594-5200
arweb.sdsu.edu

San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 338-1111
www.sfsu.edu

San Joaquin Delta College*
5151 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA 95207
(209) 954-5151
www.deltacollege.edu

Santa Ana College*
1530 W 17th St
Santa Ana, CA 92706-3398
(714) 564-6000
www.sac.edu

Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
(408) 554-4000
www.scu.edu

Shasta College*
11555 Old Oregon Trail
Redding, CA 96003
(530) 242-7500
www.shastacollege.edu

Simpson University
2211 College View Dr
Redding, CA 96003-8606
(530) 224-5600
www.simpsonu.edu

Taft College*
29 Emmons Park Dr
Taft, CA 93268
(661) 763-7700
www.taftcollege.edu

University of California-Davis
One Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616-8678
(530) 752-1011
www.ucdavis.edu

University of California-Irvine
University of California-Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697
(949) 824-5011
www.uci.edu

University of California-Los Angeles
10920 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 825-4321
www.ucla.edu

Student Review: “UCLA, honestly, has been the best experience of my life. Smack dab in the heart of Los Angeles, with a population of 20,000+, it has to be one of THE most exciting places in the world. The academic community is top-notch, the faculty is top-notch, and best of all, the food is top-notch. Overall rating… you guessed it, top-notch. You’ll meet tons of like-minded intelligent individuals, get hands on experiences no matter what major (there’s such a great variety of majors at UCLA) you choose. I most certainly would recommend UCLA to anybody. The teachers are super friendly and helpful. If you’re thinking about UCLA, choose it! You won’t go wrong.” -Juan R., student at University of California-Los Angeles
stars-5

University of California-Riverside
900 University Ave
Riverside, CA 92521
(951) 827-1012
www.ucr.edu

Student Review: “I would like to think that UCR’s teaching program made me into the teacher I am today. What impressed me was that we were finally able to move away from theory and into the realm of application. Our only textbook was Harry Wong’s excellent ‘The First Days of School: How to be an Effective Teacher.’ From the very beginning instruction was given in very small groups and cohorts – ten students were assigned to each instructor, and then we would meet as a larger group about once a week. Each instructor was also a veteran teacher, each with well over 30+ years in the classroom as well as a variety of other occupations within the field of education (reading specialists, RSP teachers, speech pathologists, administrators, just about any position on campus we had covered). The instructors continually challenged us and expected a higher caliber of instruction than what I think the teachers were producing whose classrooms we were observing/instructing in. They challenged us to create lessons and innovate within the current state standards that most teachers wouldn’t even have time for these days. Once a month the university would invite graduates to come and talk to all of the prospective new teachers. That was quite an eye-opener. Teachers of every subject at every grade level came and shared stories, techniques, materials, and insights on how to be successful. We also were given opportunities to experience a variety of teaching locations. By the time my student teaching was finished, I had spent time teaching just about every level of elementary school, from kindergarten to sixth grade, from special education to gifted and advanced classes, and just about everything in between. I always heard horror stories from other teachers about when they first started teaching- how hard it was, how bad things went, how tough they had it. I never once felt that way I’m happy to say, and it was all due in part to how thorough UCR’s teaching program was.” -Nathan G., student at University of California-Riverside
stars-5

University of California-San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, CA 92093
(858) 534-2230
www.ucsd.edu

University of La Verne
1950 3rd St
La Verne, CA 91750
(909) 593-3511
www.laverne.edu

Student Review: “I love attending the University of La Verne because the teachers in my program are amazing! I find them incredibly approachable and adaptable with the course content and have really guided me through the program. The program itself is versatile and allows me to work during the day while I complete my degree at night. The course loads are manageable and the teachers utilize the tools and strategies we are being taught to teach us the material. It gives us a chance to see the practicality and effectiveness of those strategies while also giving us something interesting to do. I look forward to working on classwork and learning more about education every day. The University of La Verne is the best program, in my opinion, for education.” -Nandini B., student at University of La Verne
stars-5

University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA 95211-0197
(209) 946-2011
www.pacific.edu

University of the Redlands
1200 E Colton Ave
Redlands, CA 92373-0999
(909) 793-2121
www.redlands.edu

University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
(415) 422-5555
www.usfca.edu

University of Southern California
University Park
Los Angeles, CA 90089
(213) 740-2311
www.usc.edu

West Hills Community College District
9900 Cody St
Coalinga, CA 93210
(559) 934-2000
www.westhillscollege.com

William Jessup University
333 Sunset Blvd
Rocklin, CA 95765-3707
(916) 577-2200
www.jessup.edu

An asterisk (*) denotes a two-year or certificate program in education. While a two-year degree will not qualify graduates for teacher certification, it can be a good starting point for a teaching career. To learn more about what you can do with this degree, see our guide to associate’s degrees in education.

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=CA&major=education&sort=best
3. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: http://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/
4. 2017 US News Best Graduate Education Schools: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
5. 2017 US News Best Online Graduate Education Schools: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
6. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
7. National Council on Teacher Quality Teacher Preparation Program Review: http://www.nctq.org/teacherPrep/2016/findings/home.do
8. US Department of Education 2016 Title II Reports: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx