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California Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

This page is 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, we have included lists of top-rated teaching programs, a table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation, and 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.

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Table of Contents
Teacher Preparation Program Comparison
Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs
Select Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees
Schools with Associate Degrees in Education
Student Reviews


Comparison of California Schools with Teacher Preparation Programs

We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in California according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the California Department of Education (CDE) 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.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution, for both traditional and alternative programs, for the 2018-2019 academic year 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. Traditional teacher preparation programs are usually completed as part of a bachelor’s degree program. Alternative certification programs are typically designed for career changers looking to enter the field and lead to a postgraduate certificate or a master’s degree. Many schools in our table offer both traditional and alternative programs. Take a look at our California traditional and alternative certification guides for more information.

Finally, we have provided the net price per year for undergraduate tuition, 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).

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

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?5Trad. Teacher Program Enrollment6Trad. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers 6Trad. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6Alt. Teacher Program Enrollment 6Alt. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers 6Alt. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6Net Price1
Antioch UniversityNo1013387%N.Av.
Azusa Pacific UniversityYes60017494%15976100%$31,367
Bard CollegeNo11686%N.Av.
Biola UniversityNo3498792%54N.Av.$34,713
California Baptist UniversityNo6209599%402391%$27,883
California Lutheran UniversityNo2439196%44N.Av.$29,669
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis ObispoNo15213094%$20,491
California State Polytechnic University-Humboldt (f.k.a. Humboldt State University)No917989%42N.Av.$15,015
California State Polytechnic University-PomonaNo2569997%373681%$14,457
California State University-BakersfieldNo57813098%268115100%$7,697
California State University-Channel IslandsNo1668191%84N.Av.$15,059
California State University-ChicoNo36023793%845196%$16,109
California State University-Dominguez HillsNo53816382%15789%91%$4,683
California State University-East BayNo234140100%524198%$13,260
California State University-FresnoYes76835289%14312590%$6,906
California State University-FullertonYes94640999%452295%$8,322
California State University-Long BeachNo1,45751396%673797%$10,568
California State University-Los AngelesNo82819593%50291%$3,859
California State University-Monterey BayNo1046873%903689%$13,989
California State University-NorthridgeNo64222199%1737799%$8,882
California State University-SacramentoNo33922497%712896%$11,473
California State University-San BernardinoNo29019699%4827100%$8,492
California State University-San MarcosNo20515593%$12,933
California State University-StanislausNo59125386%211391%$7,418
Chapman UniversityYes1344498%32N.Av.$44,327
Claremont Graduate UniversityNo3313100%683597%N.Av.
Concordia University-IrvineNo1547094%11N.Av.$29,893
Dominican University of CaliforniaNo703797%87N.Av.$36,899
Fresno Pacific UniversityNo36348100%2198399%$18,728
Hebrew Union CollegeNo76N.Av.N.Av.
Holy Names UniversityNo672N.Av.208N.Av.$23,430
Hope International UniversityNo962592%$20,470
Humphreys UniversityNo381N.Av.382N.Av.$10,240
La Sierra UniversityNo728N.Av.11N.Av.$24,891
Loyola Marymount UniversityYes1783686%61322598%$48,758
Mills CollegeNo231482%$27,954
Mount Saint Mary’s UniversityNo1524388%104N.Av.$27,346
National UniversityYes3,22153791%97062092%$21,363
Notre Dame de Namur UniversityNo2264876%803884%$28,243
Pacific Oaks CollegeNo192872%236N.Av.N.Av.
Pacific Union CollegeNo331090%$23,163
Pepperdine UniversityNo704391%73N.Av.$46,550
Point Loma Nazarene UniversityNo62713989%12610295%$34,644
San Diego Christian CollegeNo2411N.Av.$27,919
San Diego State UniversityNo525285100%4022100%$13,192
San Francisco State UniversityNo41819790%1052064%$14,757
San Jose State UniversityNo49721591%1015194%$15,995
Santa Clara UniversityNo1636489%381694%$48,284
Simpson UniversityNo773979%$23,012
Sonoma State UniversityNo17412492%231794%$17,239
St. Mary’s College of CaliforniaNo10522N.Av.2919N.Av.$40,401
Stanford UniversityNo8787100%$20,023
The Master’s UniversityNo121090%$29,567
Touro UniversityNo4313100%4319100%N.Av.
University of California-BerkeleyNo636098%$19,329
University of California-DavisNo16315198%$17,026
University of California-IrvineNo142142100%$13,106
University of California-Los AngelesNo110103100%$16,474
University of California-MercedNo211N.Av.6$13,578
University of California-RiversideNo133115100%11N.Av.$11,948
University of California-San DiegoNo1094598%261192%$15,222
University of California-Santa BarbaraNo776895%$17,223
University of California-Santa CruzNo605697%$17,842
University of La VerneNo5308899%1466294%$30,061
University of Massachusetts Global (f.k.a. Brandman University)No1,38216397%41723795%$24,084
University of RedlandsNo71417488%362467%$30,240
University of San DiegoNo19659100%94N.Av.$37,547
University of San FranciscoNo23312396%784198%$42,801
University of Southern CaliforniaYes261153100%33N.Av.$39,759
University of the PacificNo39212794%6964100%$32,780
Vanguard UniversityNo532693%$21,667
Westmont CollegeNo1313100%$32,418
Whittier CollegeNo501292%22N.Av.$28,647
William Jessup UniversityNo2435396%$26,094

  • — indicates none or not applicable.
  • N.Av. indicates data was not available or pass rates were omitted for confidentiality.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in California

Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2022

  • Loyola Marymount University
  • US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2022

    • University of California-Los Angeles (#3)
    • Stanford University (#6 tie)
    • University of Southern California (#11 tie)
    • University of California-Irvine (#15)
    • University of California-Berkeley (#19 tie)
    • University of California-Davis (#37 tie)
    • University of California-San Diego (#50)
    • San Diego State University (#55 tie)
    • University of California-Riverside (#55 tie)
    • Loyola Marymount University (#64 tie)
    • University of California-Santa Barbara (#76 tie)
    • Claremont Graduate University (#85 tie)
    • Mills College (#100 tie)
    • San Jose State University (#125 tie)
    • University of California- Santa Cruz (#136 tie)
    • University of San Francisco (#154 tie)
    • Chapman University (#178 tie)
    • Pepperdine University (#178 tie)
    • Alliant International University (#211-277)
    • University of La Verne (#211-277)
    • University of Redlands (#211-277)

    US News & World Report’s Best Online Master’s in Education Programs 2022

    • San Diego State University (#8 tie)
    • California Baptist University (#80 tie)
    • UMass Global (formerly Brandman University) (#130 tie)
    • Academy of Art University (#242-321)
    • Alliant International University (#242-321)
    • Mills College (#242-321)
    • National University (#242-321)

    Select California Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees

    University of California Los Angeles

    The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) is home to the UCLA School of Education & Information Studies (Ed&IS), specializing in research and instruction geared towards improving teaching and learning methodologies for learners of all ages. The UCLA Ed&IS prepares students to be leaders in the field of education regarding policy, research, and practice. An undergraduate major offered in Education and Social Transformation educates activists to analyze modern education issues and advocate for positive change and social justice. Two minors are also offered in Education Studies and Information Media Literacy. Ed&IS offers both academic (Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)) and professional degrees (Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Doctor of Education (EdD)) in a variety of focal areas, including Higher Education & Organizational Change, Teacher Education, and Student Affairs. Prospective students are welcome to visit the department’s website or attend one of the many recruiting events held by the school throughout the calendar year.

    Pepperdine University

    Pepperdine is a prestigious private university located on the shores of Malibu. The university is home to the Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, and the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP). Seaver College offers a wide range of undergraduate programs, including multiple-subject (Elementary) and single-subject (Secondary) teacher education, as well as Educational Technology. GSEP offers a Master of Arts (MA) in Teaching an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); an MA in Social Entrepreneurship and Change; a Master of Science (MS) in Learning Design and Technology; an MS in Organizational Leadership and Learning; an MS in Leadership in Higher Education; and an MS in Leadership in Pre K to 12 Education. 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. Some programs, including the MA in Teaching, can be completed in as little as 11 months.

    Schools with Associate Degrees in Education

    While a bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational level required to qualify for state certification, an associate’s degree can be the first step towards a career in education. It can qualify graduates for careers in non-licensed roles in early childhood education, after-school care, and related areas. The credits earned from an accredited associate degree program can also typically be transferred towards a bachelor’s degree. The following Alabama schools offer associate’s degrees in education.1 Schools with an asterisk (*) also offer four-year teaching programs and/or alternative route to certification programs.

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

    American River College
    4700 College Oak Dr
    Sacramento, CA 95841-4286
    (916) 484-8011
    www.arc.losrios.edu

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

    Bakersfield College*
    1801 Panorama Dr
    Bakersfield, CA 93305-1299
    (661) 395-4011
    www.bakersfieldcollege.edu

    Butte College
    3536 Butte Campus Dr
    Oroville, CA 95965-8399
    (530) 895-2511
    www.butte.edu

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

    Canada College
    4200 Farm Hill Blvd
    Redwood City, CA 94061-1099
    (650) 306-3100
    canadacollege.edu

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

    Cerro Coso Community College
    3000 College Heights Blvd
    Ridgecrest, CA 93555-9571
    (760) 384-6100
    www.cerrocoso.edu

    Chabot College
    25555 Hesperian Blvd
    Hayward, CA 94545
    (510) 723-6600
    www.chabotcollege.edu

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

    Citrus College*
    1000 W Foothill Blvd
    Glendora, CA 91741-1899
    (626) 963-0323
    www.citruscollege.edu

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

    Clovis Community College*
    10309 North Willow Ave
    Fresno, CA 93730
    (559) 325-5200
    www.cloviscollege.edu

    Coastline Community College
    11460 Warner Ave
    Fountain Valley, CA 92708-2597
    (714) 546-7600
    www.coastline.edu

    College of Marin
    835 College Ave
    Kentfield, CA 94904-2590
    (415) 457-8811
    www.marin.edu

    College of San Mateo
    1700 W Hillsdale Blvd
    San Mateo, CA 94402-3784
    (650) 574-6161
    www.collegeofsanmateo.edu

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

    College of the Desert
    43-500 Monterey Ave
    Palm Desert, CA 92260
    (760) 346-8041
    www.collegeofthedesert.edu

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

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

    Columbia College
    11600 Columbia College Dr
    Sonora, CA 95370
    (209) 588-5100
    www.gocolumbia.edu

    Compton College
    1111 East Artesia Blvd
    Compton, CA 90221-5393
    (310) 900-1600
    www.compton.edu

    Contra Costa College
    2600 Mission Bell Dr
    San Pablo, CA 94806
    (510) 235-7800
    www.contracosta.edu

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

    Cuesta College*
    Highway 1
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-8106
    (805) 546-3100
    www.cuesta.edu

    Cuyamaca College
    900 Rancho San Diego Pkwy
    El Cajon, CA 92019
    (619) 660-4000
    www.cuyamaca.edu

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

    Diablo Valley College
    321 Golf Club Rd
    Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
    (925) 685-1230
    www.dvc.edu

    East Los Angeles College
    1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
    Monterey Park, CA 91754-6099
    (323) 265-8650
    www.elac.edu

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

    Evergreen Valley College
    3095 Yerba Buena Rd
    San Jose, CA 95135-1598
    (408) 274-7900
    www.evc.edu

    Feather River Community College District
    570 Golden Eagle Ave
    Quincy, CA 95971-9124
    (530) 283-0202
    www.frc.edu

    Foothill College
    12345 El Monte Rd
    Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
    (650) 949-7777
    foothill.edu

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

    Golden West College
    15744 Goldenwest St
    Huntington Beach, CA 92647-2710
    (714) 892-7711
    www.goldenwestcollege.edu

    Grossmont College
    8800 Grossmont College Dr
    El Cajon, CA 92020-1799
    (619) 644-7000
    www.grossmont.edu

    Humphreys University*
    6650 Inglewood Ave
    Stockton, CA 95207-3896
    (209) 478-0800
    www.humphreys.edu

    Imperial Valley College
    380 E. Aten Rd
    Imperial, CA 92251-0158
    (760) 352-8320
    www.imperial.edu

    Irvine Valley College
    5500 Irvine Center Dr
    Irvine, CA 92618-0301
    (949) 451-5100
    www.ivc.edu

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

    La Positas College
    3000 Campus Hill Dr
    Livermore, CA 94551-7650
    (925) 424-1000
    www.laspositascollege.edu

    Lassen Community College
    478-200 Hwy 139
    Susanville, CA 96130
    (530) 257-6181
    www.lassencollege.edu

    Long Beach City College*
    4901 E. Carson St
    Long Beach, CA 90808-1706
    (562) 938-4111
    www.lbcc.edu

    Los Angeles Trade Technical College
    400 W Washington Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90015-4181
    (213) 763-7000
    www.lattc.edu

    Los Angeles Valley College
    5800 Fulton Ave
    Valley Glen, CA 91401-4096
    (818) 947-2600
    www.lavc.edu

    Mendocino College
    1000 Hensley Creek Rd
    Ukiah, CA 95482
    (707) 468-3000
    www.mendocino.edu

    Merced College
    3600 M St
    Merced, CA 95348-2806
    (209) 384-6000
    www.mccd.edu

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

    Modesto Junior College
    435 College Ave
    Modesto, CA 95350-5800
    (209) 575-6550
    www.mjc.edu

    Monterey Peninsula College
    980 Fremont St
    Monterey, CA 93940-4799
    (831) 646-4000
    www.mpc.edu

    Moorpark College
    7075 Campus Rd
    Moorpark, CA 93021-1695
    (805) 378-1400
    www.moorparkcollege.edu

    Moreno Valley College
    16130 Lasselle St
    Moreno Valley, CA 92551
    (951) 571-6100
    www.mvc.edu

    Mount Saint Mary’s University*
    12001 Chalon Rd
    Los Angeles, CA 90049-1599
    (310) 954-4000
    www.msmu.edu

    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

    Norco College
    2001 Third St
    Norco, CA 92860
    (951) 372-7000
    www.norcocollege.edu

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

    Oxnard College
    4000 S Rose Ave
    Oxnard, CA 93033-6699
    (805) 986-5800
    www.oxnardcollege.edu

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

    Palomar College
    1140 W. Mission
    San Marcos, CA 92069-1487
    (760) 744-1150
    www.palomar.edu

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

    Reedley College*
    995 N Reed Ave
    Reedley, CA 93654
    (559) 638-0300
    www.reedleycollege.edu

    Riverside City College
    4800 Magnolia Ave
    Riverside, CA 92506
    (951) 222-8000 x8979
    www.rcc.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

    San Bernardino Valley College
    701 South Mount Vernon Ave
    San Bernardino, CA 92410-2798
    (909) 384-4400
    www.valleycollege.edu

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

    San Diego Mesa College
    7250 Mesa College Dr
    San Diego, CA 92111-4998
    (619) 388-2600
    www.sdmesa.edu

    San Diego Miramar College
    10440 Black Mountain Rd
    San Diego, CA 92126-2999
    (619) 388-7800
    www.sdmiramar.edu

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

    San Jose City College
    2100 Moorpark Ave
    San Jose, CA 95128-2798
    (408) 298-2181
    www.sjcc.edu

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

    Santa Barbara City College
    721 Cliff Dr
    Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2394
    (805) 965-0581
    www.sbcc.edu

    Santa Monica College
    1900 Pico Blvd
    Santa Monica, CA 90405-1628
    (310) 434-4000
    www.smc.edu

    Santa Rosa Junior College
    1501 Mendocino Ave
    Santa Rosa, CA 95401-4395
    (707) 527-4011
    www.santarosa.edu

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

    Sierra College
    5100 Sierra College Blvd
    Rocklin, CA 95677-3397
    (916) 624-3333
    www.sierracollege.edu

    Skyline College
    3300 College Dr
    San Bruno, CA 94066-1698
    (650) 738-4100
    www.skylinecollege.edu

    Solano Community College
    4000 Suisun Valley Rd
    Fairfield, CA 94534-3197
    (707) 864-7000
    www.solano.edu

    Southwestern College
    900 Otay Lakes Rd
    Chula Vista, CA 91910-7299
    (619) 421-6700
    www.swccd.edu

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

    Touro University Worldwide*
    10601 Calle Lee #179
    Los Alamitos, CA 90720
    (818) 575-6800
    www.tuw.edu

    Vanguard University of Southern California*
    55 Fair Dr
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    (714) 556-3610
    www.vanguard.edu

    West Hills College-Coalinga
    300 Cherry Ln
    Coalinga, CA 93210
    (559) 934-2000
    www.westhillscollege.com/coalinga

    West Hills College-Lemoore
    555 College Ave
    Lemoore, CA 93245
    (559) 925-3000
    www.westhillscollege.com/lemoore

    West Los Angeles College
    9000 Overland Ave
    Culver City, CA 90230
    (310) 287-4200
    www.wlac.edu

    West Valley College
    14000 Fruitvale Ave
    Saratoga, CA 95070-5698
    (408) 867-2200
    www.westvalley.edu

    Yuba College
    2088 N Beale Rd
    Marysville, CA 95901
    (530) 741-6700
    yc.yccd.edu

    Student Reviews

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

    Student Review: “I have had mixed feelings about the teacher education program at Cal Poly Pomona. I have had some great classes on subjects including classroom management and special education law, and some mediocre classes with professors who did not teach well. For example, I had a professor who used most of our class time with tasks irrelevant to the subject of the class which was curriculum planning. I felt unprepared to do the final project in that class. As far as my clinical practice: I had one excellent quarter of student teaching in which I was placed in an elementary setting. I was also placed in a nightmarish student teaching setting for my second quarter. Overall, the program has been decent but not amazing.” – Student at Cal Poly Pomona
    stars-3

    California State University-Fresno
    5241 N Maple Ave
    Fresno, CA 93740
    (559) 278-4240
    http://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. Oftentimes the professors did not communicate with one another and assignments would either contradict one another or have nothing to do with one another. Oftentimes 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 about 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-Fullerton
    800 N State College Blvd
    Fullerton, CA 92831
    (657) 278-2011
    https://www.fullerton.edu/

    Student Review: “CSUF’s secondary teaching program was extremely beneficial to me. Not only did they prepare me for a career in teaching, but during my student teaching semester they had local principals come by and observe. I was offered a teaching position at a local high school before the semester was even over. The program itself was well taught, with knowledgeable and kind instructors who went out of their way to make sure we were prepared and confident. The first semester was spent entirely in classes, whereas the second semester was mostly student teaching with a couple of classes added in. All in all, by the time I earned my credential I felt I was well prepared for the future. It turned out to be true, as I had a fun and successful career as a high school teacher and I enjoyed every minute. Thank you CSUF!” – Student at California State University-Fullerton
    stars-5

    College of the Sequoias
    915 S Mooney Blvd
    Visalia, CA 93277-2214
    (559) 730-3700
    https://www.cos.edu/en-us

    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 about 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
    https://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 female dominated (I was one 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

    Loyola Marymount University
    1 LMU Dr
    Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659
    (310) 338-2700
    https://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

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

    Student Review: “This program is ideal because it prepares you for the classroom. There are a lot of schools out there that teach mostly theory but do not teach the practicality of teaching. Because teaching is something that is really learned by doing and by understanding basic concepts, it is important to have both components. This university provides that and it also goes above and beyond to place you in a classroom for student teaching. The courses also allow you to focus on leadership or administration, which is great for people who want to go into a leadership role on a school campus at some point. They really ensure a lot of flexibility in their classes and in their ability to bring all areas of learning.” – Student at National University
    stars-5
    Student Review: “The Educator Preparation program at National University was mostly a positive one. The professors were mostly empathetic to the students’ experiences, as most of us were working full-time in schools while taking these courses. The courses themselves were composed of different aspects of teaching depending on what grade level you planned on teaching. I liked this aspect of the design of curriculum because it can become frustrating when you are required to learn about teaching a subject or a grade that you know for a fact that you will not be teaching. For me, I knew that I wanted to teach either junior high school or high school. This meant that I had no need for classes that specifically involved teaching elementary school. Also, I was on the fence regarding whether I wanted to teach English or social studies, and the courses offered me freedom in my quest for choice. My main criticism would be that some professors did not have empathy for students going through school while working full time.” – Student at National University
    stars-4

    San Jose State University
    1 Washington Sq
    San Jose, CA 95192
    (408) 924-1000
    https://www.sjsu.edu/

    Student Review: “The things I enjoyed most about the Secondary Education Teaching Credential program at SJSU were the interactions with fellow students and the excellence of the faculty. I especially enjoyed the insights provided by the faculty in the two separate courses, Psychological Foundations of Secondary Education and Language/Literacy Development of L2 Learners. I appreciated the coursework and scheduling was pared down to reasonable standards, as many students held down full time, or nearly full time, jobs. One criticism I have would be directed at the Social, Philosophical Multicultural Foundations of Secondary Education course, as I felt it covered too broad and too narrow a subject all at once. Overall the experience was positive.” -Student at San Jose State University
    stars-5

    University of California-Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
    (510) 642-6000
    https://www.berkeley.edu/

    Student Review: “Cal Teach at UC Berkeley was a great experience for me. The classes taught me a lot about how children learn, and how to design lessons to engage my students. There were also classes on equity and teaching with a social justice mindset which is very important for teaching in a community like Berkeley which has people from all sorts of socio-economic backgrounds. Throughout the program I was placed in local classrooms so that I could observe teachers and occasionally teach lessons as my projects for my Cal Teach classes. The professors and staff in Cal Teach were super supportive, and since it’s a fairly small program I also made close relationships with other students who had many of the same classes as me. Now that I have been teaching for a couple of years I still keep in touch with some staff from Cal Teach and I know they would do anything to help me if I asked. One thing that could be improved about the program is that none of the classes prepared me very well with classroom management skills and strategies.” -Student at UC Berkeley
    stars-5

    University of California-Los Angeles
    10920 Wilshire Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90024
    (310) 825-4321
    https://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
    https://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 La Verne
    1950 3rd St
    La Verne, CA 91750
    (909) 593-3511
    https://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

    Victor Valley College
    18422 Bear Valley Rd
    Victorville, CA 92395
    (760) 245-4271
    https://www.vvc.edu/

    Student Review: “Victor Valley community college is a great school to introduce students to academic life. All of the classes I took and my peers took were small. Professors are for the most part easily accessible. Professors responded to emails and conducted office hours. The administration was very helpful. The campus is small and easy to navigate. I loved the professors I had in the early education program. The professors were willing to work with students one on one. They also had a lot of knowledge and experience in subject material. Professors seemed to love the subject material. The classes helped me so much at my job. I was able to teach preschool confidently. I would highly recommend this program and this school.” -Student at Victor Valley College
    stars-5

    West Los Angeles College
    9000 Overland Ave
    Culver City, CA 90230
    (310) 287-4200
    https://www.wlac.edu/

    Student Review: “My experience at West Los Angeles College in Culver City, CA was wonderful. I decided to go back to school when my children entered middle school. So it had been awhile since I had been in a classroom setting. The staff and faculty members were extremely helpful with helping me decide the direction I wanted to go in. I chose Early Childhood Education (Child Development). I felt that since I was a mother that this major would be familiar. Well not exactly. Learn about teaching from an academic perspective was totally different. By the time I got to my practicum, I knew for sure that teaching is where I wanted to be. I choose to work with and teach the younger children. I found it much more rewarding getting to reach them while they’re still young. I want to give them something that they could take with them for the rest of their lives and that is learning can be fun. I teach pre-K now and I am also a foster parent. Going back to school changed my life.” -Student at West Los Angeles College
    stars-5

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

    Student Review: “Having worked on this degree at the satellite campus in San Jose, I can wholeheartedly say that this program was built for working professionals. Classes were held one class at a time, one night a week for five weeks. This allowed us to continue working while pursuing a degree. Additionally, each instructor was personable and willing to help at all times. Classes were relevant and updated often with material that mattered to current teachers. We were given practical information and given sufficient chance to practice being a teacher with student teacher placements in various grades. In addition, the staff on site were always willing to go above and beyond to make sure our experiences were great. The only downside was that masters advisors were not properly vetted prior and I ended up with one that was too busy to properly help.” -Student at William Jessup University
    stars-5

    References:
    1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
    2. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2022 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2021.
    3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
    4. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
    5. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
    6. US Department of Education 2020 Title II Report: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx