Top Teaching Colleges in California (F-R)

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Fresno Pacific University

School of Education

Within the 42nd best university in the West as ranked by the U.S. News and World Report, the Fresno Pacific School of Education is a Christian community that focuses on holistic education for innovative student-centered learning approaches for building responsive programs. To prepare educators for facing the challenges of change in our culturally diverse society, the School offers two undergraduate degree completion programs, master’s degrees, and teacher credential options in education.

Baccalaureate Degree Completion Programs

• Early Childhood Development
• Liberal Arts

Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree Programs

• Administrative Services
• Curriculum and Teaching
• Educational Technology
• Education – Reading/ESL or Reading/Language Arts
• Integrated Mathematics/Science Education
• Mathematics Education
• School Counseling and School Psychology
• School Library and Information Technology
• Special Education
• Teaching – Multiple or Single Subject

Teacher Credentialing Programs

• Administrative Services
• Adult Education
• Career Technical Education
• Preliminary Education Specialist
• Preliminary Multiple Subject (Elementary)
• Preliminary Single Subject (Secondary
• Reading Specialist
• Supervision and Coordination
• Teacher Librarian Services
• Vocational Education

Accreditations

Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC)

Contact

1717 South Chestnut Avenue
Fresno, CA 93702
(559) 453-2204
bobbi.mason@fresno.edu
http://www.fresno.edu/education/about

Holy Names University

Department of Education

Committed to the Roman Catholic vision of the Holy Names Sisters, the Department of Education at Holy Names University offers graduate programs with a distinctive urban focus that represents the diversity of the schools throughout the Bay Area. Following a model of inquiry and collaboration, the Department provides flexible class schedules in the late afternoon or early evenings every other week in Oakland to accommodate busy working professionals balancing their work commitments and family obligations with schoolwork.

Master’s Degree Programs

• M.Ed. Educational Therapy
• M.Ed. Special Education (with Mild-Moderate Disabilities Credential or Educational Therapy Certificate)
• M.Ed. Urban Education

Credential and Certificate Programs

• Bilingual Education Authorization (Spanish)
• Certificate in Educational Therapy
• Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate Disabilities
• Multiple Subject Credential (Elementary School)
• Single Subject Credential (Secondary School)
• Teacher Apprenticeship Program

Accreditations

Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC)

Contact

3500 Mountain Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619
(510) 436-1316
alderman@hnu.edu
http://www.hnu.edu/academics/graduatePrograms/education.html

Hope International University

College of Education

Based in Fullerton with satellite centers throughout Southern California and near Seattle in Washington State, Hope International University is a private Christian institution of more than 1,400 students with a mission of serving the Church. Boasting a highly favorable 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio, the College of Education presents regionally accredited graduate programs with convenient online and classroom learning options that develop teachers as servant-leaders for impacting the world for Christ.

Master’s Degree Programs

• M.A. Education Administration with Preliminary Administrative Services Credential
• M.Ed. Elementary Education with Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential
• M.Ed. Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
• M.Ed. Secondary Education with Preliminary Single Subject Credential

Credential and Certificate Programs

• Graduate Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
• Preliminary Administrative Services Credential
• Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential (Elementary)
• Preliminary Single Subject Credential (Secondary)

Accreditations

Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC)
Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE)

Contact

2500 Nutwood Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92831
(714) 879-3901
hiuadmissions@hiu.edu
http://www.hiu.edu/academics/grad/

Humboldt State University

School of Education

As the 15th top public school in the West by the U.S. News and World Report, Humboldt State is home just over 7,900 students on California’s redwood coast within a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. Featuring small class sizes, individual mentorships, high graduation rates, and one of the nation’s best career outcomes, the Humboldt School of Education is committed to offering academic programs where students spend a considerable amount of time in the classroom. As a result, graduates are well-equipped for a teaching career to change the lives of young people.

Undergraduate Pathways

• Indian Teacher and Educational Personnel Program
• Liberal Studies/Elementary Education (LSEE) Program
• Liberal Studies Child Development Elementary Education (LSCE) Program
• Secondary Education (with majors in Art Education, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Music Education, Physical Education, Social Sciences, or Spanish)
• Special Education

Master’s Degree Programs

• M.A.Ed. Level I Administrative Services
• M.A.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction
• M.A.Ed. Special Education
• M.A.Ed. Special Studies (tailored to specific teaching areas of interest for each student)

Teacher Credentialing Programs

• Preliminary or Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential
• Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential (Elementary)
• Preliminary Single Subject Credential (Secondary)
• Special Education Specialist – with Mild to Moderate Disabilities Credential or Moderate to Severe Disabilities Credential

Accreditations

Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC)

Contact

1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521
(707) 826-5873
mary.dingle@humboldt.edu
http://humboldt.edu/education/programs

La Sierra University

School of Education

With a long history of offering well-respected teacher education programs in the Riverside area and throughout the Seventh-day Adventist community, the La Sierra School of Education has granted more than 1,700 master’s degrees in education since 1968. Students in the School will benefit from having one-on-one meetings with faculty, a values-based curriculum, personal program advisors, summer fast-track options, small class sizes, and flexible course schedules designed for busy working educators.

Undergraduate Programs

• B.A. Liberal Studies
• B.A. Liberal Studies with Teacher Education

Master’s Degree Programs

• M.A. Administration and Leadership
• M.A. Brain, Affect, and Education
• M.A. Curriculum and Instruction
• M.A. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
• Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

Post-Master’s Degree Programs

• Ed.S. Administration and Leadership
• Ed.S. Educational Psychology
• Ed.S. Brain, Affect, and Education
• Ed.S. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
• Ed.D. Administration and Leadership
• Ed.D. School Psychology
• Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction

Teacher Credentialing Programs

• Administrative Services
• Multiple Subject Teaching (Elementary)
• Single Subject Teaching (Secondary)
• Seventh-day Adventist Teacher Certification

Accreditations

Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC)
Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA)

Contact

4500 Riverwalk Parkway
Riverside, CA 92505
(951) 785-2224
info@lasierra.edu
http://lasierra.edu/school-of-education/academic-programs/

Loyola Marymount University

School of Education

Conveniently located on the beautiful Westchester campus in Southern California near Marina del Rey with an enviable reputation in surrounding school districts, the Loyola Marymount School of Education is drive by a social justice mission to transcend traditional boundaries for giving children the education they deserve. With a wide range of full-time and part-time graduate programs available to support careers in teaching, LMU is recognized for having the 70th best education school with the 136th best online graduate education programs in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report.

Master’s Degree Programs

• M.A. Bilingual Elementary Education
• M.A. Bilingual Secondary Education
• M.A. Catholic School Administration
• M.A. Early Childhood Education
• M.A. Educational Studies
• M.A. Literacy and Language Arts
• M.A. Reading Instruction (available on-campus or online)
• M.A. Secondary Education
• M.A. School Counseling with PPS Credential
• M.A. Special Education (Mild/Moderate Disabilities)

Teacher Credentialing Programs

• Administrative Services
• Bilingual Education (Spanish or Chinese)
• Multiple Subject Elementary Education (K-5)
• Single Subject Secondary Education (6-12)

Doctoral Degree Program

• Ed.D. Educational Leadership for Social Justice

Accreditations

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC)

Contact

1 Loyola Marymount University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 258-8768
soeinfo@lmu.edu
http://soe.lmu.edu/admissions/programs/

Mills College

School of Education

Situated in Oakland within a small women’s school on the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay, the Mills School of Education is a leader in the preparation of future teachers, leaders, and education professionals who plan to work in urban settings. As home to the award-winning Center for Urban Schools and Partnerships (CUSP), Mills has built partnerships with local educational institutions to address the most pressing academic and social issues that currently plague the surrounding communities. Within the varied degree programs, graduate students can receive hands-on teaching experience at the adjacent Mills College Children’s School, which delivers progressive education for infants through fifth-grade students.

Master’s Degree Programs

• M.A. Early Childhood Education (with Multiple Subject Credential or Early Childhood Special Education Credential)
• M.A. Early Childhood Leadership
• M.A. in Education, Child Life in Hospitals
• M.A. Elementary Education (with Multiple Subject Credential)
• M.A. Independent School Leadership
• M.A. Infant Mental Health
• M.A. Secondary Education (with Single Subject Credential in Art, English, Foreign Languages, Mathematics, Science, or Social Science)
• Joint MBA/M.A. Educational Leadership Program

Doctoral Degree Program

• Ed.D. Educational Leadership

Accreditations

Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC)

Contact

5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613
(510) 430-3170
education@mills.edu
http://www.mills.edu/education/#&panel1-3

Monterey Institute of International Studies

Division of Graduate Education

Within the 4th best national liberal arts college and 16th best value school in the nation as ranked by the U.S. News and World Report, the Monterey Institute of International Studies is a graduate school of Middlebury College that provides international professional education in areas of critical importance for our global community. In the Division of Graduate Education, students can participate in a broad array of professional master’s degrees to receive preparation for being the solution to improving access to education worldwide. In particular, the TESOL program is highly regarded as one of the top programs of its kind for including a cross-cultural adventure as part of the Peace Corps International.

Master’s Degree Programs

• M.A. International Education Management
• M.A. Language Program Administration
• M.A. Language Teaching
• M.A. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
• M.A. Teaching Foreign Languages (TFL)
• Joint MPA/MA International Education Management

Accreditations

Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC)

Contact

460 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 647-4123
teach@miis.edu
http://www.miis.edu/academics

National University

School of Education

Based in San Diego with 45 locations across California, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, Texas, and Virginia, National University is the second largest private non-profit institution in California dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible. Over the last 13 years, the NU School of Education has been acclaimed for preparing more credentialed educators than any other single higher learning institution within California. Also known for holding more K-12 teacher training contracts with school districts than other universities statewide, the School allows the most flexibility in choosing student-teaching assignments for gaining hands-on experience in the joys of a career in education.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

• A.A. Early Childhood Education
• A.A. School-Site Paraprofessional
• B.A. Early Childhood Development
• B.A. Elementary Education
• B.A. English Education
• B.A. Health Sciences
• B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies
• B.A. Mathematics Education
• B.A. Social Sciences
• B.A. Spanish Education

Master’s Degree Programs

• Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.)
• Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
• M.S. Applied School Leadership
• M.S. in Educational Administration (with Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Option)
• M.S. Educational Counseling
• M.S. Educational and Instructional Technology
• M.S. Higher Education Administration
• M.S. Innovative School Leadership
• M.S. Instructional Leadership
• M.S. School Psychology (with PPSP Credential)
• M.S. Special Education

Credential and Certificate Programs

• Clear Administrative Services Credential
• Early Childhood Education Authorization
• Education Specialist Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
• Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Disabilities
• Education Specialist Moderate/Severe Disabilities
• Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
• Graduate Certificate in Autism
• Graduate Certificate in Best Practices
• Graduate Certificate in E-Teaching & Learning
• Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching (Elementary)
• Preliminary Single Subject Teaching (Secondary)
• Pupil Personnel Services Credential
• Reading Certificate

Accreditations

Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC)

Contact

9388 Lightwave Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 642-8320
soe@nu.edu
http://www.nu.edu/OurPrograms/SchoolOfEducation.html

Notre Dame de Namur University

School of Education and Leadership

Rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition upon the values of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, the School of Education and Leadership is housed within the 60th best university in the West as ranked by the U.S. News and World Report. With a reputation for excellence in preparing teachers, specialists, and administrators currently working across the Bay Area, the School ensures that students receive personalized attention, individualized counseling, field orientation, successful job placement, and a strong foundation for becoming an excellent educator.

Undergraduate Degrees

• B.A. Liberal Studies (Traditional Day)
• B.A. Liberal Studies (Evening)
• Blended B.A. Liberal Studies with Multiple Subject Elementary Teaching Credential

Master’s Degree Programs

• Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.)
• Master of Arts (M.A.) in School Administration
• Master of Arts (M.A.) in Special Education (K-12)

Teaching Credential Programs

• Administrative Services Credential Tier I or Tier II
• Autism Authorization Add-On
• Education Specialist Credential in Special Education (Mild/Moderate Disabilities)
• Multiple Subject Elementary Teaching Credential
• Single Subject Secondary Teaching Credential (Art, Business, English, or Music)

Accreditations

Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC)

Contact

1500 Ralston Avenue
Belmont, CA 94002
(650) 508-3701
jsimon@ndnu.edu
http://www.ndnu.edu/education-and-leadership/

Pacific Union College

Department of Education

Situated in the hills above California’s Napa Valley within 70 miles north of downtown San Francisco, the Department of Education at Pacific Union College is dedicated to preparing the best possible teachers through exposure to real-life experiences in elementary or secondary classrooms. With full approval by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), the Department produces certified teachers with the essential skills needed to plan effective lessons, create a supportive learning environment, develop clear presentations, assess student learning, and help students with diverse needs reach their learning goals.

Undergraduate Degrees

• A.S. with Major in Early Childhood Education
• B.S. with Major in Early Childhood Education
• B.S. with Major in Liberal Studies

Master’s Degree Programs

• Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with Elementary Teaching Credential
• Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with Secondary Teaching Credential
• Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Teaching Credential Programs

• Clear Administrative Services Credential
• Elementary Teaching Credential
• Secondary Teaching Credential
• Seventh-day Adventist Professional Elementary Teaching Credential

Accreditations

Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC)
Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA)

Contact

One Angwin Avenue
Angwin, CA 94508
(707) 965-7265
mcrow@puc.edu
https://www.puc.edu/academics/departments/education/home

Pepperdine University

Graduate School of Education and Psychology

In the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic urban centers in Los Angeles between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains, Pepperdine University is an elite private institution committed to Christian values with over 7,500 students. Within the nation’s 57th best university, the Graduate School of Education and Psychology offers values-centered learning geared towards preparing for leadership roles in learning communities. From a Christian perspective, the School offers various opportunities to inspire change in others through real-world application in student teaching and early administrative experiences.

Master’s Degree Programs

• M.A. Learning Technologies (Online)
• M.A. Social Entrepreneurship and Change
• M.A.Ed. Educational Psychology
• M.A.Ed. Teacher Preparation (with Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential or Single Subject Teaching Credential)
• M.A.Ed. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
• M.S. School Administration (with Preliminary Administrative Services Credential)

Teaching Credential Programs

• Multiple Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential
• Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential (with teaching emphasis in Art, English, French, German, History, Mathematics, Music, Political Science, Science, Social Science, or Spanish)
• Dual Multiple Subject and Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential (K-12)

Doctoral Degree Programs

• Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy
• Ed.D. Learning Technologies
• Ed.D. Organizational Leadership

Accreditations

Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC)

Contact

6100 Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 568-5600
Helen.Williams@pepperdine.edu
http://gsep.pepperdine.edu/education/

Point Loma Nazarene University

School of Education

Currently ranked as the 17th best college in the West by the U.S. News and World Report, Point Loma Nazarene University is a forward-thinking private Christian institution that serves more than 3,500 students on its main campus in San Diego and regional centers throughout Southern California. In particular, the PLNU School of Education has a long history of excellence in developing highly qualified, high-performing teachers of noble character within its Christian learning community. Focused on streamlined integration of K-12 professional development in cohesive graduate coursework, the School has invested in intensive partnerships with local public and private schools, school districts, county education offices, and other educational institutions to improve learning in the diverse surrounding communities.

Undergraduate Programs

• Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with Aspiring Teachers Minor
• Cross-Disciplinary Studies: Integrated Education Major
• Cross-Disciplinary Studies: Special Education Major
• Cross-Disciplinary Studies: Teacher Education Major

Master’s Degree Programs

• M.A. in Teaching with Single Subject Secondary Teaching Credentials
• M.A. in Teaching with Multiple Subject Elementary Teaching Credentials
• M.A. in Teaching with Education Specialist Credentials (Mild/Moderate Disabilities or Moderate/Severe Disabilities)
• M.A. in Special Education (with Added Authorizations in Autism, Early Childhood Special Education, Emotional Disturbance, Other Health Impaired, or Traumatic Brain Injury)
• M.A.Ed. Teaching and Learning
• M.A.Ed. Counseling and Guidance
• M.A.Ed. Educational Leadership

Teaching Credential Programs

• Child Welfare and Attendance Credential
• Education Specialist Clear Credentials
• Multiple Subjects Preliminary Credential (Elementary)
• Preliminary Administrative Services Credential
• Pupil Personnel Services Credential
• Single Subject Preliminary Credential (Secondary)
• Special Education Preliminary Credentials (Mild/Moderate Disabilities or Moderate/Severe Disabilities)

Graduate Certificate Programs

• Diverse and Cross-Cultural Environments
• Instructional Design with Technology
• Management of Instructional Design for Professionals
• Reading and Literacy Added Authorization
• Teacher Leadership

Accreditations

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC)

Contact

3900 Lomaland Drive
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 849-2332
deberickson@pointloma.edu
http://www.pointloma.edu/experience/academics/schools-departments/school-education

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