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National Teacher of the Year Award

  • 2002 -- Chauncey Veatch -- Social Studies, Cochella Valley High School, Thermal, California
  • 2000 -- Marilyn Jachetti Whirry, Ph.D. -- English, Mira Costa High School, Manhattan Beach, California 
  • 1994 -- Sandra L. McBrayer -- Self Contained Classroom, Homeless Outreach School, San Diego, California
  • 1990 -- Janis T. Gabay -- English , Junipero Serra High School, San Diego, California
  • 1977 -- Myrra L. Lee -- Social Living, Helix High School, La Mesa, California
  • 1952 -- Geraldine Jones -- First Grade, Hope Public School, Santa Barbara, California

To be the best California teacher, you must model excellence. Accelerate your teaching career by earning your Masters Degree, PhD, or Administrative Credentials.

Good News for California Teachers

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California Teacher Salary Statistics and Benefits

  • California teachers have a starting salary of $41,131
  • California teachers have an average salary of $67,871
  • The 10 year growth in salary is 29.3%
  • California Teachers get about 15 weeks of vacation every year
  • It takes a California Teacher 3 years to be eligible for their tenure

California Department of Education

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  • Phone Number: (916) 319-0800

Becoming a California Teacher is undoubtedly a self-rewarding career. Are you interested in learning the steps to become a teacher in California, or would you rather learn about improving your teaching career with an advanced degree?

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Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Ranked 21st among the Best Education Schools in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Established in 1918 with the mission, “to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally, and globally.”
  • The first major research university to offer an online M.A.  in teaching program.
  • Offers certificate through doctoral programs in teaching, counseling, and more.
  • All programs taught with the guiding principles of leadership, learning, accountability, and diversity.
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Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Received the 2013 Making a Difference for Students Award from Quality Matters.
  • Offers a free student app for smartphones and tablets, helping students keep up to date.
  • Has a Golden Key International Honour Society and SALUTE Veterans Honor Society.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
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Master of Arts in Education, Educational Administration
  • Students can explore different subject areas and pursue their degree in science & mathematics, business, education, health services, social sciences, and more.
  • 99% of full-time, tenured-track faculty members have a terminal degree in their field.
  • Ranked #88 among the 2017 Best Regional Universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated as a 2017 Miltary Friendly® Schools: Gold award recipient in by Victory Media.
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M.A. Education with Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential
  • Founded over 60 years ago on the principles of inclusion and social justice.
  • Offers credit for previous life and work experience.
  • Equipped with over 17,000 titles in their library.
  • Has 3 semesters and 6 start dates a year.
  • Located in Pasadena, CA, with instructional sites in Sacramento, Salinas, Santa Cruz, and Visalia as well as online options.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
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Early Childhood Education (Certificate Only) - Online
  • Each year since 2004, The Princeton Review has included California University in its Best in the Northeast listing, recognizing Cal U as one of the best regional universities in the northeastern United States.
  • Ranked #35 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Offers private school amenities at a public school cost.
  • Grants students in its Global Online program the same diploma as graduates from Cal U’s traditional degree programs.
  • Has an student-to-teacher ratio of 20:1.
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