5 California Schools for Education Majors

Consider one of these top schools if you’re an aspiring teacher, administrator or educational leader looking to live and study on the west coast.

By Sydney Nikols | February 17, 2017

Stanford’s Graduate School of Education offers a variety of outstanding programs.

If you’d like to build a career in the field of education, your first step is to get educated yourself. If you’re based in California or bound for the west coast, check out these five schools, all well-respected for their programs in education.

Now that you know which schools to pursue, you can begin working towards your goal of studying education in sunny California.

1. Stanford University

Stanford University was named the fourth-best graduate school for education in the country by U.S. News and World Report, which also recognized the school for excellence in the area of educational administration and supervision. Stanford’s Graduate School of Education offers a variety of outstanding master’s, doctoral and even undergraduate programs in the field.

2. University of California, Los Angeles

The Graduate School of Education at University of California, Los Angeles, was ranked 11th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The program is especially well regarded as a leader in urban education, preparing students to thrive as teachers in classrooms where ethnic, linguistic and social diversity are the norm.

3. University of Southern California

According to U.S. News and World Report, University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education is the eighteenth-best in the country. The school offers a wide array of programs for current and aspiring teachers, counselors, educational program designers, educational leaders, higher education professionals and educational policy scholars.

The University of Southern California offers a wide array of programs for current and aspiring teachers, counselors, educational program designers and many more.

4. University of California, Berkeley

Even before the Graduate School of Education was founded in 1913, University of California, Berkeley, granted the UC system’s first doctoral degree to a woman and first master’s degree to an Asian American, both in the fields of education. The School of Education is currently ranked 12th in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report, and it offers a wide range of programs, from an undergraduate minor in education to a master’s in human development to a PhD in quantitative methods and evaluation.

5. Loyola Marymount University

U.S. News and World Report recognized Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles for having a top grad program in education, as well as one of the best online programs for receiving a graduate degree in the field. LMU’s School of Education was recently admitted into the University Council for Educational Administration, a leading professional organization that works with institutions to forward educational leadership.

U.S. News and World Report listed Loyola Marymount University's grad program in education as being a top program in the country.

Now that you know which schools to pursue, you can begin working towards your goal of studying education in sunny California.

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