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Top School for Earning a Teaching Degree - San Diego, CA

San Diego has several schools with programs in teaching. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

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Four of the nine schools in the San Diego area with programs related to teaching are private colleges. The other four are a mixture of public and for-profit schools. Based on graduation rate, the following private school is the top school in the area for teaching:

  • Winner : The University of San Diego is a 4-year private, not-for-profit university among the top 100 schools in the nation. It offers various undergraduate and graduate teaching programs, including teacher-credentialing programs that prepare graduates for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing exams.

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School Info Chart

Category University of San Diego
Rankings Tied for #95 in National Universities (2015); #96 Graduate Education School (2015)*
Location San Diego, CA
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2014-2015) $42,908*
Teaching Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's
Teaching Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2014 167**
Most Popular Teaching Degree Level in 2014 Master's**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 75%**
Noteworthy Faculty committed to research and teaching: students report that the faculty is supportive and engaged in their students' progress***

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***University of San Diego

University of San Diego

  • Programs aim to help teachers lead diverse classrooms
  • School emphasizes the ethics of teaching and leadership in day to day practice
  • In addition to faculty, a board of teaching alumni act as advisers, providing practical feedback to the curriculum

The University of San Diego is a 4-year private, not-for-profit school with a current enrollment of about 8,300 undergraduate and graduate students. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredited the university.

The University of San Diego's School of Leadership and Education Sciences is one of the oldest schools in the university. Among the 14 programs offered by the Department of Learning and Teaching, the school offers preliminary credentialing programs in multiple and single subjects designed for aspiring elementary and secondary school teachers. The school also features a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master of Education in Special Education. Both master's programs are geared towards licensed practicing teachers seeking advanced training. They include internships, field observations and other school education experiences at local elementary or secondary public schools.

The Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential (Elementary) program awards gradates a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. Students are eligible to sit for the state's elementary-level teaching license exams. Consisting of 120-credit hours, it can be completed in four years. Instruction covers teaching theories, student assessment, curriculum design and instruction methodology. Curriculum includes math, science, history, English, Spanish and reading.

The Preliminary Single Subject Credential (Secondary) awards graduates with a Bachelor of Art or Bachelor of Science in their chosen major. Potential subjects include art, chemistry, physics or English, among others. Students take courses in their major while learning how to develop curriculum and instruction techniques for their chosen subject. Currently, graduates of the school's English, math and social science credentialing programs are excused from the state's single subject licensing exams.

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is a 33-credit hour program focusing on expanding the knowledge and skills of professional teachers in K-12 and in public or private schools. Besides learning how to assess students' knowledge, teachers also learn how to assess their own lessons and classroom techniques. Required coursework includes topics such as cognition and learning, curriculum design and human development; students can also choose courses in children's literature, multiple literacies and teaching using technology, among other topics.

The Master of Education in Special Education is geared towards licensed teachers. This 30-credit hour program focuses on the methods and theories of teaching exceptional children. Elective courses include instruction methodologies for language arts and reading, behavior management, family systems and language development. Students complete practicums in local public schools and put together an electronic portfolio for evaluation.

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