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California Teaching Certificate Programs

Below you’ll find a comprehensive listing of the Graduate Teaching Certificate programs available from schools in California. If you’re looking for initial teacher certification programs, check out either our list of Bachelors in Education Programs or California Alternative Certification Programs. Most of the programs down below are for people who are already teachers.

With California teachers being laid off by the thousands due to a state budget crisis, one way to make yourself more versatile – and more marketable – is to pursue an advanced certificate that leads to an endorsement in a new grade level or subject area. These add-on endorsements can qualify you to switch from English to foreign language, or qualify you to teach English as a second language.

You may be even more attractive to employers if you pursue a certificate in one of California’s teacher shortage areas, identified by the U.S. Department of Education. These areas include foreign language, special education, and math and science. California has a whopping 34,000 special education teachers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Advanced certificate programs in California

Azusa Pacific University – Azusa, CA. At Azusa Pacific University, students can pursue credentials or certificates in areas including special education and cross-cultural language and academic development.

California State University – Sacramento, CA. Sacramento State offers practicing teachers the chance to earn a certificate with a concentrated focus on working with English language learners in K-12 classrooms or other educational settings.

San Diego State University – San Diego, CA. San Diego State’s certificate programs include a special education certificate focused on transition specialization. Other areas of certification include reading and even educational facility planning.

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