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Saint Mary’s College of California

Kalmanovitz School of Education

In one of the oldest schools in the West firmly rooted in a Catholic and Lasallian liberal arts traditions, the Kalmanovitz School of Education is conveniently located near many of the Bay Area’s largest public school districts in Moraga. Therefore, students enrolled in the KSOE’s programs receive unparalleled opportunities to apply their knowledge and new understandings in real-life classrooms in both public and private school settings.

Master’s Degree Programs

• M.A. Early Childhood Education – Supervision and Leadership
• M.A. Educational Administration
• M.A. Montessori Education (Early Childhood or Elementary)
• M.A. Teaching Leadership
• M.A.T. Education Specialist CredentiaL
• M.A.T. Multiple Subject (Elementary Education) Credential
• M.A.T. Single Subject (Secondary Education) Credential
• M.A.T. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
• M.Ed. Special Education (Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Disabilities)

Accreditations

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Contact

1928 Saint Mary’s Road
Moraga, CA 94575
(925) 631-4033
soereq@stmarys-ca.edu
http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/kalmanovitz-school-of-education/programs

San Diego State University

College of Education

Strategically located in the largest higher learning institution in the San Diego region just miles from the Pacific Ocean, the SDSU College of Education has maintained a high standard of excellence in teacher preparation for over 100 years to close the achievement gap in all areas of education. Within the 14th best up-and-coming university, the COE has been acclaimed for being the 74th best graduate education school in America by the U.S. News and World Report.

Undergraduate Programs

• B.A. Liberal Studies Blended Teacher Education
• B.S. Child Development
• Early Care and Education Certificate

Master’s Programs

• M.A. Elementary Curriculum and Instruction
• M.A. Language Arts (K-8)
• M.A. Mathematics Education (K-8)
• M.A. Post-Secondary Educational Leadership
• M.A. Reading Education
• M.A. Science Education
• M.A. Special Education (emphasis in Autism, Early Childhood, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, or Moderate/Severe Disabilities)
• M.A.T. Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Urban Education
• M.S. Child Development

Credential Programs

• Administrative Services
• Adult and Vocational Education
• Bilingual Education
• Multiple Subject (Elementary)
• Reading Language Arts Specialist
• Single Subject (Secondary)
• Special Education (Early Childhood, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, or Moderate/Severe Disabilities)

Doctoral Programs

• Ed.D. PreK-12 Educational Leadership
• Ph.D. Education
• Ph.D. Mathematics and Science Education

Accreditations

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

Contact

5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92115
(619) 594-6091
mbredvol@mail.sdsu.edu
http://go.sdsu.edu/education/academics.aspx

San Francisco State University

Graduate College of Education

With a long illustrious history tracing back to the San Francisco Weekly Normal School in 1857, the Graduate College of Education at SFSU is housed within the 16th top public school in the West as ranked by the U.S. News and World Report. The GCOE has the mission of offering rigorous professional preparation in the pedagogical skills needed to provide effective educational services to children residing in ethnically and racially diverse communities.

Master’s Programs

• M.A. Adult Education
• M.A. Early Childhood Education
• M.A. Educational Administration
• M.A. Equity and Social Justice in Education
• M.A. Instructional Technologies
• M.A. Language and Literacy Education
• M.A. Mathematics Education
• M.A. Secondary Education
• M.A. Special Education (with emphasis in Early Childhood, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Moderate/Severe Disabilities, Physical and Health Impairments, or Visual Impairments)

Credential Programs

• Administrative Services
• Bilingual Authorization (Cantonese, Mandarin, or Spanish)
• Multiple Subject (Elementary School)
• Reading and Literacy
• Single Subject (Secondary School)
• Special Education Specialist Instruction

Doctoral Programs

• Ed.D. Educational Leadership
• Ph.D. Special Education

Accreditations

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Contact

1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 405-3681
jarce@sfsu.edu
http://coe.sfsu.edu/degrees-credentials-and-programs

Simpson University

School of Education

Located in scenic northern California in a Christ-centered learning community, the Simpson School of Education is dedicated to offering academic programs that will prepare multiple and single-subject teachers to guide their students in attaining high achievement. With talented faculty who all have doctorates in education, the School mentors new teachers and administrators for serving in public, private, missionary, or overseas schools in a Christian worldview.

Undergraduate Majors

• Discipleship and Education Ministries
• English for Teachers
• Liberal Studies (Elementary Education)
• Mathematics for Teachers
• Social Science for Teachers

Graduate Degrees

• M.A. in Teaching
• M.A.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction
• M.A.Ed. Educational Leadership

Credential Programs

• Administrative Services Credential
• Multiple Subject Credential (K-6)
• Single Subject Credential (6-12)

Accreditations

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Contact

2211 College View Drive
Redding, CA 96003
(530) 224-5600
gbrooks@simpsonu.edu
http://simpsonu.edu/Pages/Academics/Majors/GS/index.htm

Sonoma State University

School of Education

Currently ranked as the 10th top public school in the West by the U.S. News and World Report, Sonoma State University is home to a large School of Education that has excelled in preparing effective teachers, administrators, and other school professionals since 1964. With full NCATE accreditation, the School follows a conceptual framework to develop the educational practices to narrow the achievement gaps among socioeconomic groups in a high-tech society.

Master’s Degrees

• M.A.Ed. Curriculum Teaching and Learning
• M.A.Ed. Early Childhood Education
• M.A.Ed. Educational Leadership
• M.A.Ed. Reading and Literacy
• M.A.Ed. Special Education
• M.A.Ed. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Credential Programs

• Administrative Services Credential
• Education Specialist Credential (Autism Spectrum Disorders, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, or Moderate/Severe Disabilities)
• English Language Learner Authorization
• Multiple Subject Credential
• Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential
• Single Subject Credential

Accreditations

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

Contact

1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 664-3115
kristen.boland@sonoma.edu
http://www.sonoma.edu/education/

Stanford University

Graduate School of Education

Nestled between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley within one of the world’s leading research institutions, the Stanford Graduate School of Education is a global leader in ground-breaking cross-disciplinary inquiries that shape educational practices for enabling students to achieve maximum benefit. In fact, Stanford is recognized for having the 4th best education school in the entire United States by the U.S. News and World Report.

Master’s Programs

• Curriculum and Teacher Education (CTE)
• Individually Designed MA in Education
• International Comparative Education (ICE)
• International Education Policy Analysis (IEPA)
• Joint MA in Education/MBA
• Joint MA/MPP in Public Policy and Education
• Learning, Design and Technology (LDT)
• Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies (POLS)
• Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP)

Doctoral Programs

• Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education (CTE)
• Learning Sciences and Technology Design (LSTD)

Accreditations

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

Contact

485 Lasuen Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
(650) 723-2109
stipek@stanford.edu
https://ed.stanford.edu/academics

The Master’s College and Seminary

Division of Teacher Education

As the 4th best college and 7th best value school in the West by the U.S. News and World Report, the Master’s College and Seminary is a private evangelical Christian Bible-based institution located in Santa Clarita within 30 miles from Los Angeles. The Division of Teacher Education offers undergraduate and credential programs for aspiring teachers with a liberal arts base through an unreserved commitment to worshipping God.

Undergraduate Programs

• B.A. Liberal Studies – Teacher Education Emphasis
• Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate

Credential Programs

• Preliminary Multiple Subject Elementary Teaching Credential
• Preliminary Single Subject Secondary Teaching Credential

Accreditations

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Contact

21726 Placerita Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91321
(661) 259-3540
TeacherEduc@masters.edu
http://www.masters.edu/academics/undergraduate/teachered.aspx

United States University

College of Education

Founded in 1997 as a private for-profit institution to help immigrants earn degrees, United States University has two urban campuses in southern California in Chula Vista and Cypress. Specifically dedicated to educating future bilingual teachers and administrators, the College of Education hosts a variety of graduate programs that will provide a master’s degree or teaching credential for advancing a career in the classroom in just over one year.

Master’s Degrees

• M.A.Ed. Early Childhood Education
• M.A.Ed. Educational Administration
• M.A.Ed. Higher Education Administration
• M.A.Ed. Spanish Language Education
• M.A.Ed. Special Education

California Teaching Credentials

• Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (K-6)
• Single Subject Teaching Credential (7-12)

Accreditations

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Contact

836 Bay Blvd.
Chula Vista, CA 91911
(888) 422-3381
admissions@usuniversity.edu
http://www.usuniversity.edu/programs/college-of-education/

University of California – Davis

School of Education

Strategically located within just 15 miles from the state’s capital city of Sacramento in an energized research-enriched learning community, the UC Davis School of Education has a firm commitment to preparing exceptional educators for eliminating inequalities in schooling for diverse learners. With a wide range of academic programs centered on the world of K-16 public education, UC Davis is recognized for having the 45th best graduate education school by the U.S. News and World Report.

Master’s Degrees

• M.A. in Education (with General or Credential tracks)
• M.A. in Educational Policy

Teaching Credential Programs

• Credential with Bilingual Authorization
• Multiple Subject Credential
• Single Subject Credential (in Agriculture, English, Math, Science, or Social Science)

Doctoral Degrees

• Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
• Ph.D. in Education (with emphasis in Language and Literacy, Learning and Mind Sciences, Mathematics Education, School Organization and Educational Policy, or Science and Agricultural Education)

Accreditations

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Contact

1 Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-8258
spohara@ucdavis.edu
http://education.ucdavis.edu/academic-programs

University of California – Irvine

School of Education

Housed in the major research institution based on a bustling campus in Orange County within five miles from the Pacific Ocean, the UC Irvine School of Education has a strong focus on preparing teachers for STEM subjects, early childhood education, out-of-school learning, and diverse learners. Not only is UC Irvine the 14th top public school in the nation, but it is also recognized for having the 36th best education school by the U.S. News and World Report.

Undergraduate Programs

• B.A. in Education Sciences (with specialization in Early Childhood Learning, After School Learning, Children’s Learning, Digital Media and Learning, or English Language Learning)
• Certificate in After School Education
• Subject Matter Preparation Program in Mathematics

Credential Programs

• Administrative Services Credential
• Intern Teacher Credential
• Multiple Subject Teacher Credential (K-6)
• Single Subject Teacher Credential (7-12)

Graduate Programs

• M.A.T. with Teacher Credential
• M.S. in Chemistry with Teacher Credential
• M.S. in Mathematics with Teacher Credential
• Ph.D. in Education (with specialization in Learning Development, Educational Policy and Social Context, or Language and Literacy)

Accreditations

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Contact

3231 Education Center
Irvine, CA 92697
(949) 824-7840
dvandell@uci.edu
http://gse.uci.edu/academic_programs/index.php

University of California – Santa Cruz

Education Department

Preparing about 75 teachers each year to integrate theory and practice for high-quality teaching, the UC Santa Cruz Education Department offers instructional programs that are designed to improve educational opportunities for low-income and culturally diverse students. According to the U.S. News and World Report, UC Santa Cruz has achieved excellence in teacher preparation with the 112th best graduate education school in the entire nation.

Undergraduate Minors

• Minor in Education
• Minor in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education

Master’s Degree Programs

• M.A.Ed. Bilingual Education
• M.A.Ed. Preliminary Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential
• M.A.Ed. Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential (English, Mathematics, Science, or Social Sciences)

Doctoral Degree Programs

• Ed.D. in Collaborative Educational Leadership
• Ph.D. in Education

Accreditations

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Contact

1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
(831) 459-3249
education@ucsc.edu
http://education.ucsc.edu/academics/index.html

University of La Verne

College of Education and Organizational Leadership

Within the nation’s 161st best university with the 13th best online bachelor’s programs, the College of Education and Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne is dedicated to providing a broad range of programs that prepare professional educators in a number of specialties. Students benefit from accessible faculty, small class sizes, interactive learning experiences, flexible course times, and classes at regional campuses throughout California.

Undergraduate Degrees

• B.S. Child Development
• B.S Liberal Studies – Elementary Education

Master’s Degrees

• M.Ed. Multiple Subject Teaching
• M.Ed. Reading and Literacy
• M.Ed. Single Subject Teaching
• M.S. Child Development
• M.S. Educational Counseling
• M.S. School Psychology with PPS Credential
• M.S. Special Education

Certificate and Credential Programs

• Administrative Services Credential
• CLAD/CTEL Certificate
• Mild/Moderate Education Specialist
• Multiple and Single Subject Teaching
• Reading/Literacy Specialist

Accreditations

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

Contact

1950 Third Street
La Verne, CA 91750
(909) 448-4644
cranells@laverne.edu
http://laverne.edu/education/degree-programs/

University of Redlands

School of Education

Within an independent university located halfway between Los Angeles and beautiful Palm Springs, the Redlands’ School of Education has produced influential teachers in California for more than 85 years. Infused with the long-standing reputation for educational justice into a variety of programs that suit today’s adult students, the School offers a range of graduate programs to teach future educators about the changing landscape of education.

Graduate Programs

• M.A. Curriculum and Instruction
• M.A. Educational Administration
• M.A. Higher Education
• M.A. School Counseling
• Ed.D. Leadership for Educational Justice

Credential and Certificate Programs

• California Teachers of English Learners Certificate
• Clear Administrative Services Credential
• Education Specialist Teacher Credential
• Graduate Certificate in Spatial Literacy for Educators
• Preliminary Teaching Credential: Multiple or Single Subject
• Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Accreditations

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Contact

1200 East Colton Avenue
Redlands, CA 92373
(909) 748-8064
education@redlands.edu
http://www.redlands.edu/academics/school-of-education/12424.aspx#.VANLyPldWAg

University of San Diego

School of Leadership and Education Sciences

Highly regarded by the U.S. News and World Report as the 86th best graduate education school in America, the USD School of Leadership and Education Sciences is rooted in the university’s Roman Catholic traditions to prepare students with the professional knowledge, skills, and ethics needed for effective practice in a diverse society. As the second oldest academic university at USD since 1972, SOLES offers innovative nationally-accredited programs for more than 650 students annually.

Master’s Degree Programs

• M.A. Higher Education Leadership
• M.A. School Counseling
• M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction (in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, or Special Education)
• M.Ed. Literacy and Digital Learning
• M.Ed. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM)
• M.Ed. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
• M.Ed. Universal Design for Learning

Graduate Certificate Programs

• Character Education Specialist Certificate
• Mobile Technology Learning Certificate
• Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate

Accreditations

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

Contact

5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 260-4538
ldews@sandiego.edu
http://www.sandiego.edu/soles/about-soles/index.php

University of Southern California

Rossier School of Education

In the heart of downtown Los Angeles’ Arts and Education Corridor, the Rossier School of Education at USC has received a solid reputation for being the 18th best graduate education school in the entire nation by the U.S. News and World Report. With one of the nation’s fastest growing teacher preparation programs of over 2,000 graduates, Rossier is committed to improving learning in urban education locally, nationally, and internationally.

Master’s Degree Programs

• M.A. in Teaching (with credential tracks in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, or Special Education)
• M.A. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
• M.Ed. Educational Counseling
• M.Ed. Learning Design and Technology
• M.Ed. Post-Secondary Administration and Student Affairs
• M.Ed. School Leadership and Administrative Services Credential
• M.Ed. Teacher Leadership

Certificate Programs

• Bilingual Authorization for Spanish
• Early Identification of Young Gifted Learners
• Early Intervention for Struggling Learners
• Differentiated Curriculum for Gifted Students
• Gifted Education
• Reading and Literacy
• Special Education (Mild/Moderate Disabilities)

Doctoral Degree Programs

• Ed.D. Education Leadership
• Ph.D. Urban Education Policy

Accreditations

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

Contact

3470 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089
(213) 740-0224
barbara.goen@rossier.usc.edu
http://rossier.usc.edu/programs/

University of the Pacific

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

On a picturesque campus in Stockton within 45 minutes from downtown Sacramento, the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education is housed within the 47th best value school in the nation as ranked by the U.S. News and World Report. In preparing students for a career that is never “just a job,” the Benerd School offers a wide variety of degrees designed to meet the unique challenges in today’s school districts for improved abilities to plan, organize, manage, and evaluate school programs at all levels.

Master’s Degree Programs

• M.A. Curriculum and Instruction
• M.A. Educational Administration and Leadership
• M.A. Special Education
• M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction

Teacher Credential Programs

• Administrative Services Credential
• Education Specialist Credential (Mild/Moderate Disabilities or Moderate/Severe Disabilities)
• Multiple Subject Elementary Credential
• Single Subject Secondary Credential

Post-Master’s Programs

• Ed.S. School Psychology
• Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction
• Ed.D. Educational Administration and Leadership

Accreditations

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

Contact

3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211
(209) 946-2683
serickson@pacific.edu
http://www.pacific.edu/Academics/Schools-and-Colleges/Gladys-L-Benerd-School-of-Education.html

Vanguard University of Southern California

School of Graduate Education

Established in 1920 as a private co-educational Pentecostal school in Costa Mesa within just 50 miles south of Los Angeles near the Mexican border, Vanguard University of Southern California is ranked as the 10th best college and 4th top school for veterans in the West by the U.S. News and World Report. With classes in evenings and weekends to fit working teachers’ hectic schedules, the School of Graduate Education is surrounded by major Orange County school districts to provide the hands-on training needed to develop sought-after teachers.

Master’s Degree Programs

• M.A. Christian Education Leadership
• M.A. Education (with Multiple or Single Subject Credential)
• M.A. Teacher Leadership
• M.A. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Teacher Credential Programs

• Multiple Subject Credential for Elementary Teaching
• Preliminary or Professional Clear Administrative Services Credentials
• Single Subject Credential for Secondary Teaching

Accreditations

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Contact

55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-3610
spsadmissions@vanguard.edu
http://www.vanguard.edu/graduateeducation/