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Between doing something you love and giving back to society, it's no wonder that many people decide to pursue a career as an educator. In the Golden State in particular — a state with many prestigious schools and school systems — teaching can be a long, rich, rewarding career choice.

Potential Teachers in California:

You may have grown up being taught by teachers for most of your life, but when it comes time to become one yourself, where do you even begin? As it happens, more learning is often a good place to start. Earning a bachelor's degree in education or a related field can provide many of the skills and references that can be used during a teaching career, and it is actually rather difficult to get hired as a teacher in California without at least a bachelor's degree to your name. For more details, please see our How to Become a Teacher page.

Existing Teachers and Administrators in California:

If you're already working as an educator in California, you might be looking to improving your available opportunities for the future. Earning potential and job security are priorities on many people's minds, and rightly so. Any number of factors can contribute to these things, but one prominent advantage you can give yourself is the earning of a master's degree, a PhD, or some form of administrative credentials. Not only may these upper-division programs teach you many useful skills for your work, but they can also provide an added punch to your resume when applying for a new job, a promotion or a raise. The list below shows some accredited colleges offering education to California students; take a look and consider if one of these might be the right place for you.

Teaching Schools in California

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M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Want to be a Teacher or Educational Administrator? Learn why GCU could be the best place to start! Here's why:
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Doctor of Education: Curriculum and Instruction
  • Liberty University's online programs ranked in the top 5 of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility*
  • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level**
  • No standardized testing if you meet admission requirements
  • Transfer up to 90 credits into an undergraduate degree program
  • Up to 50% of your master’s degree can be transferred in to help you get the most out of your hard work and maximize the credit you previously earned
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E-Learning - EdS
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
  • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
  • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
  • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
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Ph.D. in Literacy

St. John's is a Catholic Vincentian University that prepares students for personal and professional success in today's global society. Based in New York City, it is a diverse institution with a globally focused curriculum.

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MS - Instruction in the 1:1 Environment

About Capella University

An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession. Our competency-based curriculum delivers both foundational knowledge and real-world skills, so that what you’re learning in your courses is immediately applicable to your career goals.

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