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Schools Offering Teaching Programs in California

Each year, approximately 0.6% of California graduates receive degrees in teaching. In other words, every year an estimated 5,465 teachers graduate from California's 98 teaching schools.

Top Schools

Stanford University, which was ranked 2nd nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in California that has a teaching program. It is located in Stanford. 84 students graduated with a degree in teaching from Stanford University in 2010. Tuition at Stanford University was $40,172 per year.

University of California-Los Angeles, which is located in Los Angeles, is the second-ranked school in California that has a teaching program. It received a ranking of 5th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 3 students graduated from University of California-Los Angeles teaching program. Students at University of California-Los Angeles paid $10,781 per year in tuition fees.

The third-ranked school in California with a teaching program is University of Southern California, which is located in Los Angeles. In 2010, it was ranked 7th nationwide. In 2010, 235 students graduated from University of Southern California teaching program. Tuition at University of Southern California was $41,022 per year.


If you choose to attend a California teaching school, average tuition will be $13,444 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $624 per year to $41,022 per year. In 2010, the teaching schools that charged the highest tuition rates in California were:

  1. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $41,022 per year
  2. Occidental College - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $40,939 per year
  3. Stanford University - located in Stanford, students are charged $40,172 per year

The following California teaching schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. San Joaquin Delta College - located in Stockton, students are charged $624 per year
  2. Sacramento City College - located in Sacramento, students are charged $644 per year
  3. Fullerton College - located in Fullerton, students are charged $656 per year

A teaching degree from a California school... what next?

teaching graduates in California can go into a variety of professions such as primary school education administrator, education administrator, business teacher, computer science teacher, and mathematical science teacher. California had 427,200 teachers in 2010. 8,240 of these teachers were english teachers, 21,970 were primary school education administrators, and 8,850 were education administrators. The following counties have the largest number of California teachers:

  1. Los Angeles County - 102,630 teachers
  2. Riverside County - 46,120 teachers
  3. San Diego County - 33,430 teachers

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 442,600 teachers will be working in California. This would require the number of teacher to grow by 14%.


On average, teachers earn a salary of $75,519 per year in California state. However, California teacher earned anywhere in the range from as less than $20,960 per year to more than $166,190 per year in 2010. On average teacher earn the most in the following California counties:

  1. Riverside County - $85,939 per year
  2. Alameda County - $83,900 per year
  3. Los Angeles County - $81,359 per year

Teachers in the following counties in California make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Kings County - $56,676 per year
  2. Shasta County - $59,178 per year
  3. Colusa County - $62,565 per year

The teachers with highest average salaries in California were:

  1. Primary School Education Administrator - $105,250 per year
  2. Business Teacher - $104,210 per year
  3. Education Administrator - $101,850 per year

On average, the lowest paid teachers in California were:

  1. Middle School Vocational Teacher - $55,270 per year
  2. Social Science Teacher - per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional California statistics regarding a career in teaching and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as early childhood education or special education.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Teaching in California
  • Bachelor's Degree in Teaching in California
  • Master's Degree in Teaching in California
  • Doctoral Degree in Teaching in California
  • Certificate in Teaching in California

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 176,110 $63,010 -2.7%
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 54,650 $62,970 3.6%
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other 33,040 $70,130 -38.0%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 26,470 $58,970 52.0%
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School 21,970 $105,250 19.0%
Instructional Coordinators 17,900 $70,010 44.2%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School 17,410 $64,320 0.5%
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 15,180 $89,810 88.6%
Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary 13,060 $67,230 4.6%
Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors 10,960 $71,510 -16.6%
Education Administrators, Postsecondary 8,850 $101,850 -17.6%
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 8,240 $92,650 80.3%
Business Teachers, Postsecondary 6,850 $104,210 47.3%
Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary 6,350 $99,940 66.7%
Education Teachers, Postsecondary 4,740 $82,430 1.7%
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary 3,580 $99,780 5.9%
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other 1,270 n/a -29.8%
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School 570 $55,270 67.6%

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