California Teacher Education Programs

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California Teacher Certification Info

Follow the links below to find schools offering different types of teacher education programs in California. If you are trying to become a teacher, and you plan on working in California, you should definitely take a look at the Department of Education's website. The individual states make a lot of their own decisions about how teachers need to be prepared.

Also, as a rule, you should contact multiple schools if you are seriously considering going back for a degree or certificate in education. There can sometimes be very significant differences in tuition, admissions requirements, and so on, even between schools that you might think are very similar. So, it's always a good idea to contact a number of schools and do a little comparison shopping.


Teaching Programs in California

As an industry, education is under major pressure in California. School grades are improving, but not quickly enough to meet the standards set by the state government and the federal government. As school districts develop plans and programs to improve performance, you can expect the statewide need for highly trained and determined teachers to swell.

California's dedication to education is clear when you look at the recently formed California Collaborative for Educational Excellence. The goal of this agency is to radically overhaul the California educational system. An endeavor of this scope absolutely must have the support of teachers behind it. If you are ready to use your talents and knowledge to benefit the students of California, reach out to teaching programs in California to find out your next step.

Teacher Education in California

How Can I Get a Teaching Degree in California?

Although there are many different types of degree programs and certification programs that lead to teacher licensure, they have the same general set of goals. On one hand, you have to be an effective teacher. That means studying childhood development, understanding how children learn, and mastering different techniques for assessment, instruction, and connection. On the other hand, you must have a strong grasp of the subject area or areas that you are expected to teach. Every teaching program in California, from Bachelor's degree programs to Master's degree programs, focus on these goals.

How much you focus on each of these subjects depends on whether you want to teach younger students or older students. At the elementary level, you study more childhood development theory. At the high school level, you spend more time studying specific teaching techniques for your subject area. For example, secondary education students may enroll in teaching courses like English Curriculum & Instruction, Adolescent Development and Learning, and Equity & Schooling. At the end of your education, you complete one or two student teaching semesters at your chosen grade levels.

In addition to applying for financial aid through the government and through your school, look at awards that are funded by local groups like the California Teachers Association.

Teaching Careers in California

Outlook for Educators in California

A strong grasp of the teaching community of California may shorten your learning curve and help you transition into your career after graduation. Programs and events hosted by the California Teachers Association can help you connect with teaching professionals in your area

Expected job growth rates in California slightly outpace national averages. Between 2012 and 2022, secondary school teachers may see a 7% jump in job openings (O*Net, 2012). This is the same growth rate anticipated for special education teachers (O*Net, 2012).

Request program details from the California teaching schools you want to learn more about now.

2014 Salaries for California Teachers

  • Elementary School Teachers in California: $71,020 per year (BLS, 2015)
  • Secondary School Teachers in California: $72,730 per year (BLS, 2015)
  • Post-Secondary Teachers in California: $65,810 per year (BLS, 2015)
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