California Teaching Degree Guide

California has special requirements for its teachers depending on what grade levels the individual wishes to teach. Those teaching elementary, secondary and special education all need at least a bachelor’s degree; however, elementary and secondary teachers also must complete a teacher preparation program.

Elementary school teachers need a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential; secondary school teachers need a Single Subject Teaching Credential and special education teachers need the Education Specialist Instruction Credential.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, California is the 3rd-highest paying state for secondary school teachers and the 4th-highest paying state for elementary school teachers as of May 2014. Secondary school teachers earned average yearly wages of $72,670 and elementary school teachers earned $69,990.

Bachelor’s in Education Programs in California

California State University in Sacramento (Sac State) offers several education programs, including Bachelor of Arts programs in the following areas: American sign language and deaf studies; elementary education; social and community settings; integrated pre-credential subject matter; and an individual concentration. The College of Continuing Education at Sac State offers a weekend Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Early Development, Care and Education program.

Pacific Oaks College (PAC) has a bachelor degree programs in childhood education; childhood education with dual credential and childhood education with preliminary multiple subject credential. Students in the dual credential program will be able to teach general education students in various subjects as well as mild or moderately disabled students k-12. The University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education offers a Master of Arts in Teaching – TESOL; a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology. California State University in Los Angeles (Cal State) has bachelor degree programs in urban learning and in rehabilitation services.

Master’s in Education Programs in California

Sac State has Master of Art degrees in the following areas of concentration: child development; multicultural education; special education; counselor education; educational leadership and policy; rehabilitation and school psychology; teacher education – curriculum & instruction; language & literacy; educational technology and gender equity. There is also a Master of Science in Career Counseling.

PAC offers a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in preliminary education specialist credential and a Master of Arts in Education in preliminary multiple subject credential. Both requiring field work experiences, these MA programs can be completed in 2.5 years with the multiple subject program also being available online.

SCU offers a Master of Arts in Teaching+Teaching Credential program for students who want to earn multiple subject credits as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching in Interdisciplinary Education. These programs can be completed in one to two years full time or slightly longer part time. Cal State has Master of Arts programs with concentrations in education, educational administration and special education with several areas of concentration within each track.

Online Teaching Degrees in California

PAC offers a 55-unit Master of Arts in Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential through distance learning. A credentialing program is also offered online. USC offers online programs at both the master and doctoral degree levels. Cal State offers a teacher preparation program online as well as a program to help students earn the multiple subject credential.

Certifications & Specializations in California

In addition to the various degree programs offered at Sac State, students can also choose minors in American sign language and deaf studies: teaching, equity and engagement, child development, and counseling. PAC offers a 52-unit teacher credentialing program that can be taken online or on campus. The program can also be taken on its own strictly for certification or can be taken with another degree programs.

SCU offers a certificate in alternative and correctional education for individuals that want to teach in correctional or alternative programs. SCU also has a 12-unit clear teaching credential program for Catholic school teachers that want to teach multiple subjects. USC has certificate programs in school business management and in leadership in enrollment management. Cal State has certificate programs in TESOL, online teaching and learning, educational technology and special education.

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