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 lists of top-rated teaching programs, a table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, 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.

Quick Facts

  • There are 151 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in California.1
  • 45 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in education.*1
  • 53 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in education.*1
  • 82 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.*1
  • 17 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019.2
  • 1 school ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2020.3
  • 24 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019.4
  • 10 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019.5
  • 17 not-for-profit teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.

*For not-for-profit colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in California

Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019*

  • Stanford University (#20)
  • University of California-Berkeley (#64)
  • University of Southern California (#83)
  • University of California-Los Angeles (#84)
  • California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo (#86)
  • Santa Clara University (#112)
  • University of California-Santa Barbara (#146)
  • University of California-San Diego (#155)
  • University of California-Irvine (#170)
  • California State University-Long Beach (#184)
  • San Diego State University (#196)
  • Pepperdine University (#199)
  • University of San Diego (#223)
  • Loyola Marymount University (#230)
  • University of California-Davis (#256)
  • University of California-Santa Cruz (#289)
  • Point Loma Nazarene University (#292)

*Institution-wide ranking.

Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2020

  • Loyola Marymount University

US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019

  • Stanford University (#3 tie)
  • University of California-Los Angeles (#3 tie)
  • University of Southern California (#12)
  • University of California-Berkeley (#18 tie)
  • University of California-Irvine (#23 tie)
  • University of California-Davis (#36 tie)
  • San Diego State University (#53 tie)
  • University of California-Santa Barbara (#53 tie)
  • Loyola Marymount University (#57 tie)
  • University of California-Riverside (#66 tie)
  • University of California-San Diego (#71 tie)
  • University of California-Santa Cruz (#85 tie)
  • Claremont Graduate University (#104 tie)
  • University of San Diego (#134 tie)
  • Chapman University (#143 tie)
  • University of San Francisco (#143 tie)
  • Mills College (#151 tie)
  • California State University-Sacramento (#172 tie)
  • Pepperdine University (#186 tie)
  • Alliant International University (#195-258)
  • Azusa Pacific University (#195-258)
  • Brandman University (#195-258)
  • University of La Verne (#195-258)
  • University of Redlands (#195-258)

US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019

  • San Diego State University (#25 tie)
  • California State University-Fullerton (#38 tie)
  • University of San Diego (#42 tie)
  • California Baptist University (#77 tie)
  • Brandman University (#115 tie)
  • California State University-East Bay (#148 tie)
  • National University (#222 tie)
  • Academy of Art University (#228-299)
  • Azusa Pacific University (#228-299)
  • La Sierra University (#228-299)

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in California

Comparison of 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 Commission on Teacher Credentialing 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. Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies. 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 for the 2017-2018 academic year. 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 SchoolCAEP Accred.?6NCTQ Undergrad Elementary Prog. % (2016)**7NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)**7Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment8Teacher Prep Prog. Completers8Licensing Exams Pass Rate8Net Price***1
Antioch UniversityNo693197%
Azusa Pacific UniversityYes36120495%$28,784
Bard CollegeNo291485%
Biola UniversityNo2967390%$33,206
Brandman UniversityYes9577499%$26,055
California Baptist UniversityNo1906598%$25,714
California Lutheran UniversityYes37188100%$28,241
California Polytechnic State University-PomonaNo13313992%$12,634
California State Polytechnic University-San Luis ObispoNo7715395%$19,002
California State University-BakersfieldYes76%41210696%$6,794
California State University-Channel IslandsNo1249295%$14,834
California State University-ChicoYes32%8118497%$14,185
California State University-Dominguez HillsYes43412591%$4,957
California State University-East BayNo63%16114796%$11,425
California State University-FresnoYes49629695%$5,879
California State University-FullertonYes52839696%$8,562
California State University-Long BeachYes77646495%$9,654
California State University-Los AngelesYes38616293%$3,907
California State University-Monterey BayNo347481%$11,233
California State University-NorthridgeYes60%40825596%$5,958
California State University-SacramentoNo9228298%$9,841
California State University-San BernadinoYes176207100%$8,704
California State University-San MarcosNo8519195%$10,454
California State University-StanislausNo28723186%$6,768
Chapman UniversityYes1376093%$40,053
Claremont Graduate UniversityNo3113100%
Concordia University-IrvineNo57%1096497%$25,094
Dominican University of CaliforniaNo9545100%$34,694
Fresno Pacific UniversityNo11781100%$14,235
Hebrew Union CollegeNo1211
Holy Names UniversityNo754$21,890
Hope International UniversityNo701391%$25,150
Humboldt State UniversityNo57196%$14,140
Humphreys UniversityNo246$18,479
La Sierra UniversityNo573$25,661
Loyola Marymount UniversityYes35917292%$42,459
Mills CollegeNo47%89%4387%$26,086
Mount Saint Mary’s UniversityNo1042391%$28,910
National UniversityYes13%334235896%$23,232
Notre Dame de Namur UniversityNo45%1514589%$28,167
Pacific Oaks CollegeNo136787%
Pacific Union CollegeNo3313100%$22,327
Pepperdine UniversityNo669092%$36,372
Point Loma Nazarene UniversityYes3596394%$31,349
San Diego Christian CollegeNo291492%$26,980
San Diego State UniversityNo124281100%$13,363
San Francisco State UniversityNo42842894%$13,551
San Jose State UniversityYes30919495%$13,906
Santa Clara UniversityNo188795%$38,900
Simpson UniversityNo726098%$27,613
Sonoma State UniversityNo5916094%$16,807
St. Mary’s College of CaliforniaNo143101100%$33,414
Stanford UniversityNo89100%$16,562
The Master’s UniversityNo810100%$26,809
Touro UniversityNo17726
University of California-BerkeleyNo145896%$18,178
University of California-DavisNo15792%$16,446
University of California-IrvineNo11596%$13,944
University of California-Los AngelesNo14813899%$14,760
University of California, MercedNo$13,147
University of California-RiversideNo11912397%$12,404
University of California-San DiegoNo3643100%$14,616
University of California-Santa BarbaraNo27799%$16,154
University of California-Santa CruzNo677691%$16,792
University of La VerneYes527105100%$27,718
University of the RedlandsNo57%86%5054493%$32,923
University of San DiegoYes10473100%$38,592
University of San FranciscoNo26314194%$35,270
University of Southern CaliforniaYes13414798%$32,892
University of the PacificYes63%20513295%$32,715
Vanguard UniversityNo444393%$21,611
Westmont CollegeNo1212100%$32,699
Whittier CollegeNo382296%$26,764
William Jessup UniversityNo1385396%$22,503

*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).

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.

Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in California

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

California State University, Fullerton
800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831
(657) 278-2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chapman University
One University Dr
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 997-6815

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Cosumnes River College*
8401 Center Pkwy
Sacramento, CA 95823-5799
(916) 688-7344

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA 92350
(909) 558-1000

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

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

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

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

Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94613
(510) 430-2255

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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Porterville College*
100 E College Ave
Porterville, CA 93257
(559) 791-2200

Sacramento City College*
3835 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95822-1386
(916) 558-2111

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

Saint Mary’s College of California
1928 Saint Mary’s Rd
Moraga, CA 94556
(925) 631-4000

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

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

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

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

San Jose State University
1 Washington Sq
San Jose, CA 95192
(408) 924-1000

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

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

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

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

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

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

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
(510) 642-6000

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-econonmic 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

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

University of California-Irvine
University of California-Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697
(949) 824-5011

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

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

University of California-Riverside
900 University Ave
Riverside, CA 92521
(951) 827-1012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Victor Valley College
18422 Bear Valley Rd
Victorville, CA 92395
(760) 245-4271

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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