Top University in San Jose, CA, for a Teaching & School Administration Degree

Students interested in studying teaching and school administration in San Jose, CA, have only a few schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

School and Ranking Information

Fours schools in the San Jose area offer programs related to teaching and school administration. One of the schools is a for-profit college while another mainly offers associate degrees. The last two are both 4-year institutions, though one is private and another public. There is an almost $40,000 difference in student expenses between the two schools. The top school in the area for teaching and school administration is the public university, due to its comparable programs, respectable rankings, and affordability.

  • Winner : San Jose State University is a top 10 public school. Its Connie L. Lurie College of Education prepares students to earn teaching and school administration credentials. The school offers various undergraduate and graduate degree programs that allow aspiring educational leaders to focus on their area of interest.

School Info Chart

Category San Jose State University
Rankings #8 in Top Public Schools (2015)*
Location San Jose, CA
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2014-2015) $9,496 (in-state), $13,172 (out-of-state)*
Teaching and School Administration Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate
Teaching and School Administration Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 425**
Most Popular Teaching and School Administration Degree Level in 2013 Master's**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 48%**
Noteworthy A robust program and extensive network: many of the teachers in the surrounding area earned credentials from the College of Education***

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

San Jose State University

  • Assumption Program of Loans for Education helps new teachers pay off up to $19,000 of their student loans in return for four consecutive years of teaching in critical shortage areas and high-need schools
  • A far reaching student teaching program: some are located near the Oregon border
  • New doctorate program requires a summer abroad

San Jose State University - located on 154 acres in downtown San Jose, California - is the West Coast's oldest public institution of higher education. The school offers 69 undergraduate and 65 graduate degree programs and has a population of over 31,000 students annually. The Connie L. Lurie College of Education faculty believes that success for all students, as individuals and members of a democracy, is the basic goal of education. For those considering teaching, the Center for Careers in Education provides an experienced public educator to outline the steps, answer questions and assist in any way possible.

The Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development focuses either on education (Plan A) or on human growth and development (Plan B). Under Plan A, students follow typical K-8 subjects: mathematics and science, human development and physical education, humanities and the arts, language and literature, and history and the social sciences. Graduates receive an Associate Teacher Permit and/or an emergency Children's Center Instructor's Permit and are prepared to enroll in a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Program. The Plan B route is for those who do not intend to attain teaching credentials; rather, they learn how to work for students and their families in an administrative position. A minor in atypical child studies is also available.

The Master of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development is for those who already have a background in teaching, counseling, nursing or a related subject but who would like to achieve advanced learning and higher credentials. Students can achieve this degree through 30 units of study. Graduates are qualified to work in such fields as academic research, intervention counseling, policymaking and administration.

The Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction is designed to develop and strengthen credentialed teachers' professional expertise, preparing them to assume leadership positions in the profession. The course of study includes educational curriculum, foundations and research methods. Students choose a track from the Critical Research Academy option - which focuses on democracy and pedagogy - or Literacy Across the Curriculum for an Equitable Society, which focuses on reading and literacy.

The Master of Arts in Education: Special Education includes a mix of core curriculum courses, elective coursework and methodology in special education research. It is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in special education through core curriculum and elective coursework in areas of specialization such as early childhood, deaf education, mild/moderate or moderate/severe disabilities; some options tally a combination of these areas.

The Master of Arts in Educational Administration is offered concurrently with the university's school administration credential program and includes one research course as well as an Action Research thesis project. It requires two years and 42 credits to complete. Some students choose to prepare for the Urban High School Leadership Program, a partnership with local districts to promote upcoming community role models. Others may want to enroll in the Master's in Teacher Leadership program, focusing on group research. Graduate students can pursue Preliminary Administrative Tier 1 or Professional Administrative Tier 2 credentials.

The new Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program is a research driven program which attempts to answer questions about the constitution of an effective education system. The 3-year program begins with courses whose objective is to understand and build on current ideas of leadership. Adult learning, the context of educational leadership, and different research methods are the units which follow. After these modules, students are free to work on their dissertation.

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