Top School in Sacramento for Teaching Degrees

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There are only a few schools in the Sacramento area with programs related to teacher education. Students who plan to become teachers in California must complete a bachelor's degree program and an approved teacher credentialing program, in addition to passing basic skills and content knowledge exams. All three of the top schools in the area are approved by California's Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Based on proximity and rankings, the following schools are the top schools in the area for teacher education:

  • Winner: University of California - Davis (UC Davis) is a 4-year public school. Its graduate education program was ranked highly in 2013 by U.S. News & World Report (USNWR). The school offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and postgraduate certificates related to teacher education.
  • Runner Up #1: California State University - Sacramento (CSU Sacramento) is also a 4-year public school. CSU Sacramento was ranked among the best schools in its ranking category in 2013. It also offers bachelor's and master's degrees in the field, as well as post-bachelor's programs.
  • Runner Up #2: William Jessup University is a 4-year private school. Although William Jessup University was not ranked by USNWR, the school does have a state-approved teacher credentialing program. Its program awards bachelor's degrees and postgraduate certificates.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of California - Davis California State University - Sacramento William Jessup University
Ranking(s) Ranked 38th best national university*
Graduate education program ranked 60th in the country*
Ranked 8th among public national universities*
Ranked 62nd among regional universities (West)*
Ranked 20th among public regional universities (West)*
Location Davis, CA (14 miles from Sacramento) Sacramento, CA Rocklin, CA (20 miles from Sacramento)
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $13,877 (undergraduate, in-state)
$36,755 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$13,107 (graduate, in-state)
$28,209 (graduate, out-of-state)**
$6,620 (undergraduate, in-state)
$18,278 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$7,868 (graduate, in-state)
$17,414 (graduate, out-of-state)**
$22,900 (undergraduate)
$6780 (graduate)**
Teacher Education Programs Offered Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees; postgraduate certificate Bachelor's and master's degrees; post-bachelor's credentialing programs Bachelor's degree; postgraduate certificate
Teacher Education Degrees and Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in (2011-2012) 276** 387 (does not include credentialing programs)** 27**
Most Popular Teacher Education Program (2011-2012) Certificate in General Education (132 awarded)** Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Teaching (184 awarded); does not include credentialing programs** Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Teaching (15 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2005 Entering Class 82%** 42%** 53%**

Sources: *2013 U.S. News & World Report rankings, **NCES College Navigator.

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Winner: University of California - Davis

  • Over 90% of freshman returned for a second year in 2011, according to NCES
  • 131 of 133 graduates of the education program passed the national teacher certification exam in 2011-2012, according to USNWR

The credential program at UC Davis allows students to obtain their credentials and begin teaching after one year. Those who are also pursuing a master's degree complete the final two quarters of classes part-time while teaching professionally. Credential students obtain either a multiple subject credential, or a single subject credential in math, science, social science, English or agriculture. Both types of credentials can be completed along with a bilingual authorization for teaching English learners. Undergraduates may choose to major or minor in education to prepare for a graduate level degree or teaching credentials, but there is no option for obtaining credentials before completing a bachelor's degree. Students have the option to complete a master's degree in education along with their teaching credentials, and those who are already credentialed can obtain a master's degree without the credential classes.

Runner-Up #1: California State University - Sacramento

  • Sacramento State had an acceptance rate of almost 70% in 2011, according to NCES

The credential programs at Sacramento State can be completed in two or three semesters. Students have the option of obtaining either a single subject or multiple subject credential, depending on the grade level they plan to teach. Students who speak either Spanish or Hmong also have the opportunity to add a bilingual authorization along with the credential to prepare them to teach English learners. Those who are already credentialed can obtain special education credentials for teaching students with mild or more severe disabilities, or for teaching young children with disabilities. There is no undergraduate option for completing a credential program, but those who plan to take a credential program after graduation may choose to minor in education. There are also several options for completing a master's degree in education, including a focus on curriculum and instruction, or language and literacy.

Runner-Up #2: William Jessup University

  • Classes had a student-faculty ratio of 13:1 in 2012, according to USNWR
  • 99% of undergraduates received financial aid in 2010-2011, according to NCES

William Jessup University is a small interdenominational school with only a few options for those who want to become credentialed teachers. Students can earn either a multiple subject credential for elementary education, or a single subject credential for teaching in a secondary school. Because the credential programs are designed for those who are already employed, the classes are offered at night and only once per week. The programs take one year to complete and include 14 weeks of student teaching. The other option for obtaining teaching credentials is a 4-year undergraduate program in the liberal studies department. Students earn a multiple subject credential in addition to a bachelor's degree in liberal studies with a minor in bible and theology.

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