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Posted by Paly Grad
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 29, 2012 at 10:03 pm

A few words from a Paly grad and current UC Berkeley student.

Blame it on the competitiveness of PAUSD. I can assure you that if this applicant came from any other school district, she would have gotten into at least one of those UCs.

The data show that the 25-75 SAT range for UC Santa Cruz is 1540-1980 and 22-27 for the ACT. The applicant's score of 32 (approx. 2130 on the SAT) is well above the 75%ile for admitted UC Santa Cruz students.

The problem lies in the fact that Palo Alto schools — Paly more so than Gunn for AP classes — have been rather successful in avoiding the astronomical grade inflation that has occurred at almost every school in the East Bay, the Central Velley, and Southern California.

At Berkeley, almost everyone I meet who did not attend a Palo Alto or Cupertino school (or East coast private/magnet school) has a ridiculously high HS GPA. High school GPAs as high as 4.78 or even 4.95 are more common than my "measly" 4.2-weighted Paly GPA. Most of the Berkeley students I've met, however, are not very bright by Paly standards. Consider that the average SAT at Berkeley is around 2030 (far far lower than the 75%ile at Paly of nearly 2175) and you can appreciate that most of the people I meet simply do not perform as well as those I worked/hung around with in HS. I can assure you that if any of my HS friends went to the schools most Berkeley students went to, he/she would have been valedictorian and gradated with a 4.7+.

To get into a good UC from Paly/Gunn (or a competitive East Coast school) therefore requires a very high SAT. Because GPAs at Paly/Gunn can only be so high — (Honors/AP classes involve much more work so fewer can be taken than at other schools; grading is harsher; Not every class is an "honors" class as it often is at other schools) — Paly/Gunn students need high SAT scores to compensate. From what I remember, the average SAT score of a Paly student admitted to UC Berkeley was in the mid-2200s my year (compared to 2030 overall). Every person I personally know attending Berkeley from Paly/Gunn had a SAT score in the 2300-2400 range.

This is a problem that I believe needs to be addressed by the School Board and our community. I am, however, not certain how/if it could be addressed. Palo Alto students, although disadvantaged in the admission process, learn far more than their peers do at other schools. Every Paly student I know of at Berkeley is doing extremely well. They read and write far better than other students, many of whom got through HS with straight As but 2s and 3s on their AP tests. Consider that my year I had to read over 20 books for AP English while my Berkeley friends had anywhere from 1-5. The same is true of almost any other class.

It is a shame that the lack of grade inflation in Palo Alto — although school profiles show that Gunn has succumbed to this phenomenon over the past few years — is preventing admission for many of our qualified students. At the same time, we should be careful to indulge in too much grade inflation for fear that it would erode the excellence of a Palo Alto HS education.

What I can say for this applicant is as follows: If he/she scored a 32/36 and received a 3.85 unweighted GPA from Paly/Gunn she will do great in college. I would recommend he/she immediately apply to SJSU or even a community college. I understand that this is might be far from desirable for the applicant and his/her family, but there is not much choice. I am confident she will perform at the top of her class at either SJSU or at a community college. If this is the case (which I am fairly certain it will be), she can easily transfer to any UC of her choice after two years, Berkeley and UCLA included. (She might want to retake the SAT and aim for a 2200 to solidify her chances).

The applicant could also consider taking a gap year and re-applying for freshman admission in the fall. If he/she chooses to do so, retakes the SAT, and applies herself to a certain job or extracurricular (and with good reason), she will have a far greater chance of gaining admission come Spring of 2013. She might not have to spend two years at a community college and could directly go to UC Berkeley or UCLA after spending a year doing what she enjoys. This might sound uncommon, but it really isn't. The Harvard College Admissions Office, for one, personally recommends this to its admitted students: Web Link.

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Stats on Schools with Teaching Programs

  • There are 120 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in California.1
  • 32 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in education.1
  • 44 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in education.1
  • 54 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1

Institution-Wide Facts

  • Highest graduation rate*: Stanford University 94%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Notre Dame de Namur University 48%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Loyola Marymount University $40,226.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: California State University-Los Angeles $3,160.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for teaching degree programs in California*: $1,640 – $40,757.2
  • 11 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2017: California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo (#21 in-state, #17 out-of-state), California State University-Long Beach (#52 in-state, #39 out-of-state), San Diego State University (#59 in-state, #45 out-of-state), University of California-Berkeley (#3 in-state, #7 out-of-state), University of California-Davis (#30 in-state, #66 out-of-state), University of California-Irvine (#23 in-state, #44 out-of-state), University of California-Los Angeles (#6 in-state, #14 out-of-state), University of California-San Diego (#17 in-state, #31 out-of-state), University of California-Santa Barbara (#23 in-state, #28 out-of-state), University of California-Santa Cruz (#50 in-state, #95 out-of-state), University of California-Riverside (#69 in-state, #98 out-of-state).3
  • 19 schools ranked in US News Best Graduate Education Programs in 2017: Stanford University (#2), University of California-Los Angeles (#3), University of Southern California (#15), University of California-Berkeley (#18), University of California-Irvine (#25), University of California-Davis (#36), University of California-Santa Barbara (#52), San Diego State University (#57), Loyola Marymount University (#62), University of California-San Diego (#69), University of California-Riverside (#72), University of San Diego (#89), University of California-Santa Cruz (#101), Claremont Graduate University (#120), Mills College (#120), California State University-Los Angeles (#135), University of San Francisco (#168), California State University-East Bay (#172), Chapman University (#172).4
  • 7 schools ranked in US News Best Online Graduate Education Programs in 2017: San Diego State University (#22), University of San Diego (#22), California State University-Fullerton (#47), Brandman University (#101), California Baptist University (#101), National University (#149), California State University-East Bay (#197).5
  • 21 not-for-profit teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP (see below).

*For 4-year colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Top-Rated Teacher Preparation Programs

We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in Minnesota according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching 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. 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. 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.?2NCTQ UG Elementary Prog. % (2016)*7NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)7Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment (2014-15)8Teacher Prep Prog. Completers (2014-15)8Licensing Exams Pass Rate (2013-14)8Net Price**1
Antioch UniversityNo732488%
Azusa Pacific UniversityYes51721294%$28,340
Biola UniversityNo2827796%$32,607
Brandman UniversityYes83813399%$12,504
California Baptist UniversityNo3097094%$26,548
California Lutheran UniversityYes1326799%$30,266
California Polytechnic State University-PomonaNo17611396%$18,238
California State Polytechnic University-San Luis ObispoNo29316694%$13,603
California State University-BakersfieldYes76%98214497%$6,376
California State University-Channel IslandsNo514894%
California State University-ChicoYes32%14221797%$13,583
California State University-Dominguez HillsYes42713088%$3,764
California State University-East BayNo63%23615797%$10,131
California State University-FresnoYes37126094%$6,846
California State University-FullertonYes49533998%$7,915
California State University-Long BeachYes60243197%$9,597
California State University-Los AngelesYes45516993%$3,160
California State University-Monterey BayNo1715593%
California State University-NorthridgeYes60%42826698%$7,075
California State University-SacramentoNo155220100%$8,956
California State University-San BernadinoYes211195100%$6,984
California State University-San MarcosNo11620598%$10,543
California State University-StanislausNo23016683%$7,387
Chapman UniversityYes10240100%$36,602
Claremont Graduate UniversityNo615
Concordia University-IrvineNo57%954682%$26,643
Dominican University of CaliforniaNo1005196%$34,908
Fielding Graduate UniversityNo
Fresno Pacific UniversityNo35782100%$16,167
Hebrew Union CollegeNo1212
Holy Names UniversityNo753$24,911
Humboldt State UniversityNo87899%$13,216
Humphreys UniversityNo637$11,250
La Sierra UniversityNo831$23,819
Loma Linda UniversityNo
Loyola Marymount UniversityYes63516091%$40,226
Mills CollegeNo47%89%24887%$27,181
Mount Saint Mary’s UniversityNo884093%$28,274
National UniversityYes13%340048494%$22,149
Notre Dame de Namur UniversityNo45%2516395%$27,952
Pacific Oaks CollegeNo771158%
Pacific Union CollegeNo479$23,853
Patten UniversityNo600
Pepperdine UniversityNo679196%$33,721
Point Loma Nazarene UniversityYes2426590%$30,360
San Diego Christian CollegeNo247$27,243
San Diego State UniversityNo132229100%$14,048
San Francisco State UniversityNo22317392%$12,941
San Jose State UniversityYes26720091%$13,642
Santa Clara UniversityNo14911194%$37,198
Simpson UniversityNo11347100%$20,110
Sonoma State UniversityNo8717093%
St. Mary’s College of CaliforniaNo15112492%$33,075
Stanford UniversityNo086100%$19,245
Teachers College of San JoaquinNo00
The Master’s UniversityNo108$24,397
Touro UniversityNo20431100%
University of California-BerkeleyNo135594%$16,601
University of California-DavisNo0156100%$16,841
University of California-IrvineNo017299%$14,662
University of California-Los AngelesNo15312898%$13,816
University of California-RiversideNo585100%
University of California-San DiegoNo673392%$14,933
University of California-Santa BarbaraNo47894%
University of California-Santa CruzNo8076100%$17,550
University of LaVerneYes60611296%$24,462
University of the RedlandsNo57%86%58514192%$31,686
University of San DiegoYes9782100%$35,950
University of San FranciscoNo20716999%$35,641
University of Southern CaliforniaYes38423691%$31,384
University of the PacificYes63%16412797%$33,816
Vanguard UniversityNo423688%$23,125
Westmont CollegeNo1612100%
Whittier CollegeNo441875%
William Jessup UniversityNo1496093%$20,688

*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.

Teacher Preparation Programs Accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP

  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Brandman University
  • California Lutheran University
  • California State University-Bakersfield
  • California State University-Chico
  • California State University-Dominguez Hills
  • California State University-Fresno
  • California State University-Fullerton
  • California State University-Long Beach
  • California State University-Los Angeles
  • California State University-Northridge
  • California State University-San Bernardino
  • Chapman University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • National University
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • San Jose State University
  • University of La Verne
  • University of San Diego
  • University of the Pacific
  • University of Southern California

Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies.

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in California

Request free information from the following schools to learn more about your options for choosing a teacher degree program. We recommend that you request information from one or more of these schools.

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

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

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 for 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 on 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

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

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-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

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

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

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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2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges-for-education/
3. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/
4. 2017 US News Best Graduate Education Schools: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
5. 2017 US News Best Online Graduate Education Schools: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
6. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
7. National Council on Teacher Quality Teacher Preparation Program Review: https://www.nctq.org/review/home
8. US Department of Education 2016 Title II Reports: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx

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