Teaching Degrees in California

California has numerous colleges and universities that offer teaching degrees and credentials to educators. San Diego State University, California State University-Sacramento, California State University-Fullerton, and University of California-Irvine are the largest in the state that offer programs in California teacher education. This article will highlight their education programs to help those seeking a California teacher license determine which university is right for them in California.

San Diego State University

San Diego State University’s College of Education is one of the largest teaching schools in California. The SDSU College of Education contains numerous specialized education departments. These include the School of Teacher Education, which specializes in the training of K-12 educators. It operates in a Block Model format, in which a block of approximately 30 students will share classes throughout the two- to three-semester program. SDSU also strongly emphasizes multicultural, research-based learning and offers apprentice programs within local schools.

California State University at Sacramento

The College of Education at California State University-Sacramento offers individual courses for California teacher certification through its Department of Teacher Education, as well as a full credential program utilizing a group system similar to that of SDSU. These grouped credential programs are offered for future K-8 teachers and prospective grade 7-12 teachers. Both programs normally take two or three semesters to complete.

California State University at Fullerton

California State University at Fullerton offers different levels of programs at its College of Education for students seeking a California teaching license. The credentials are divided into two tiers. The first tier provides general education for future K-12 teachers, and is sub-divided between the multiple subject credentials (grades K-8) and single subject credentials (grades K-12). The second tier offers advanced credentials, such as the Reading Specialist credential and the Professional Administrative credential, the latter of which is required for all administrators.

University of California at Irvine

University of California-Irvine offers a wide array of academic programs within its School of Education, from a minor in education at the undergraduate level to multiple credential programs and postgraduate degrees. In addition to the multiple subject credential for educators intending to teach on the K-6 level and the single subject credential for the 7-12 grade teachers, UC Irvine offers an administrative credential.

Academy of Art University

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79 New Montgomery
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 274-2200

Type of School:

  • Private for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

Alliant International University-San Diego

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10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego, CA 92131
(415) 955-2100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Biola University

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13800 Biola Ave
La Mirada, CA 90639-0001
(562) 903-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

California Baptist University

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8432 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA 92504-3297
(951) 689-5771

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

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1 Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
(805) 756-1111

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

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3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
(909) 869-7659

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

California State University-Bakersfield

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9001 Stockdale Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1099
(661) 654-2782

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

California State University-Chico

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

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

California State University-Dominguez Hills

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1000 E Victoria St
Carson, CA 90747-0005
(310) 243-3300

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

California State University-Fresno

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

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

California State University-Long Beach

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1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840-0115
(562) 985-4111

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

California State University-Los Angeles

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

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

California State University-Sacramento

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

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

California State University-San Bernardino

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5500 University Pky
San Bernardino, CA 92407-2397
(909) 537-5000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Cerritos College

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

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Chapman University

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

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

El Camino Community College District

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16007 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90506
(310) 532-3670

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Fresno City College

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1101 E. University Ave
Fresno, CA 93741
(559) 442-4600

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Fresno Pacific University

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

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Holy Names University

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

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters
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