Best Online Master of Education Programs in California

The following guide provides key information about the best and most affordable Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs in California. There are 28 schools in California that have online and hybrid M.Ed. programs. Many M.Ed. programs are designed for licensed educators, but there are programs that offer M.Ed. pathways for first-time licensure. An M.Ed. can qualify you for an additional certification area, including specialist credentials like school administration. An M.Ed. can also advance your skills and knowledge in a specific subject or area of teaching. Below you’ll find our rankings of the top and best value on campus and online M.Ed. programs.

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The Best Online M.Ed. Programs in California

The table below displays the top-ranked online and hybrid M.Ed., Master of Arts in Education (MA.Ed.), and Master of Science in Education (MS.Ed.) programs in California based on program accreditation, number of relevant offerings, third-party school and program ratings, and affordability. For more information, see our our unique ranking methodology.

School NameRankAccreditation1,2*M.Ed. Program Types**Program FormatUS News National Rank3US News Graduate Education Rank4Tuition Per Credit Hour***Credit Hours Req’d
Azusa Pacific University#1CAEPC&I, Content Area, Counseling, Teacher PrepHybrid#236 tie#240 tie$67544-49
University of San Diego#2Administration, C&I, Content AreaOnline#98 tie$71030
National University#3AAQEPAdministration, C&I, Content Area, ReadingOnline$66330-36
California State University-Fresno#4AAQEPC&IHybrid#185 tie$52130
Teachers College of San Joaquin#5Administration, C&I, Content Area,Hybrid, Online$53432-38
Concordia University-Irvine#6Administration, C&I, CounselingOnline#345 tie$68530-48
California State University-Long Beach#7C&I, Content AreaHybrid, Online#105 tie$89730-36
Humphreys University#8Content AreaOnline$35044
California State Polytechnic University-Humboldt#9Administration, Content AreaOnline$59830
Reach University#10Administration, C&IOnline$57931
Touro University California#11Administration, C&IOnline$66030
Dominican University of California#12Content Area, Teacher PrepOnline$69530
University of La Verne#13AdministrationOnline#170 tie#195$74033
California State University-Los Angeles#14Administration, C&I, Content AreaOnline$89730
Hope International University#15Content Area, Teacher PrepOnline$67530-51
California State University-Channel Islands#16C&I, Content AreaOnline$95131-34
Biola University#17C&I, Content Area, Teacher PrepHybrid, Online#236 tie$69837-67
University of Southern California#18Administration, C&I, CounselingOnline#28 tie$2,24430-49
California State University-Sacramento#19C&IOnline$49530
California State University-San Marcos#20AdministrationOnline$49930
The Master’s University and Seminary#21C&IOnline$59533
Jessup University#22AdministrationOnline$55036
High Tech High Graduate School of Education#23AdministrationOnline$70030
California State University-Monterey Bay#24Administration, C&I, Teacher PrepHybrid, Online$89737-46
California State University-Dominguez Hills#25C&IHybrid$89730
University of the Pacific#26C&IOnline#142 tie$1,13932
Mount Saint Mary’s University#27Administration, Content AreaHybrid, Online$1,10830-47.5
Pacific Oaks College#28Content Area, Teacher PrepOnline$1,21043

*See table notes at bottom of page.

The Most Affordable Online Master of Education Programs in California

The following schools with hybrid and online M.Ed. degrees are the most affordable based on the minimum program tuition, excluding fees. The total credit hours required may vary by concentration area, so be sure to check with schools of interest for specific program options. You can cross-reference this list with our table above to compare the quality indicators that best fit your needs.

  • California State University-Sacramento ($14,850)
  • California State University-San Marcos ($14,970)
  • Humphreys University ($15,400)
  • California State University-Fresno ($15,630)
  • Teachers College of San Joaquin ($17,088-$20,292)
  • California State Polytechnic University-Humboldt ($17,940)
  • Reach University ($17,949)
  • The Master’s University and Seminary ($19,635)
  • Jessup University ($19,800)
  • Touro University California ($19,800)
  • National University ($19,890-$23,868)
  • Hope International University ($20,250-$34,425)
  • Concordia University-Irvine ($20,550-$32,880)
  • Azusa Pacific University ($29,700-$33,075)

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Table notes:
* AAQEP accredits programs, not providers, so not all programs at a given school will hold this accreditation.
** Administration: Programs focused on administrative training, such as educational leadership, principal preparation and endorsement, and educational administration.
C&I: Programs in curriculum and instruction, instructional design, educational technology, and instructional strategies for specific populations, such as urban education, social justice, research, or special education.
Content Area: Programs in an instructional area such as English, Math, or Special Education.
Counseling: Programs that lead to certification, licensure, or advancement as a school counselor.
Teacher Prep: Programs designed for initial licensure.
Reading: Programs in reading and literacy, typically focused on credential preparation for reading and literacy specialists.
*** Tuition is per credit hour for in-state students and does not include required fees.

1. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation: https://caepnet.org/provider-search
2. Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation: https://aaqep.org/accredited-programs
3. US News & World Report National University Rankings, 2024: https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities
4. US News & World Report Best Education Schools, 2024: https://premium.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings