About the College of Education

Students walkingThe College of Education is responsible for the professional development of teachers, administrators, and counselors to meet the needs of California's diverse schools, families, and communities in the 21st Century.

Professional development includes the initial preparation of candidates for basic specialist, service, and administrative credentials; advanced programs leading to graduate degrees (M.A., M.S., and Ed.D.) for experienced practitioners; the preparation of school administrators and those who will guide public policy in education; and the preparation of counselors and school psychologists for schools, families, public agencies, and private agencies. The College also makes a substantial contribution to the undergraduate curriculum at Sacramento State, offering baccalaureate programs in Child Development and Vocational Education.

Preparation programs for these professionals must provide a blend of knowledge, theory, and practical application in the real world. All aspects of the preparation must meet the most rigorous standards set for the professions by state and national professional associations and accrediting bodies.

Students on a computerApproximately 700 first-time teachers graduate from the teacher preparation program each year. In addition, more than 1,000 student interns are placed into community schools and social service agencies for service learning projects and for supervised fieldwork leading to credentials and licensure. Sacramento State ranks among the top of all CSU and UC institutions in the number of special education teaching credentials issued in California each year.

The College has a long history of innovative and productive partnerships with P-12 teachers, schools, families, and communities. Its programs address significant issues such as educating diverse student populations, identifying student success factors, and providing integrated community services. Our Center for Counseling and Diagnostic Services is one of the largest providers of low-cost counseling services in the Sacramento region.


Diversity, community, and collaboration illuminate all our preparation programs. Working with our community partners and practitioners, we seek to prepare highly qualified candidates to meet the personnel needs of our region; we also strive to assist with the broad range of professional development needs in Northern California. We seek to maximize the opportunities for all to achieve their full potential while embracing the diversity of the community we serve-building on its strengths, while addressing its needs.

Social Justice Defined

Social Justice encompasses educational, economic, and political, arenas. Social Justice is a commitment to equity and fairness in treatment and access to opportunities and resources for everyone, recognizing that all is not equal. Social Justice means that we work actively to eradicate structural and institutional racism, sexism, classism, linguicism, ableism, ageism, heterosexism, religious bias, and xenophobia. Social Justice means that we as educators are responsible for the collective good of society, not simply our own individual interests.

Program Areas

  • Undergraduate Studies
  • Teaching Credentials
  • Graduate and Professional Studies
  • Doctorate in Education Leadership

Degrees, Credentials, & More

The College offers a large number of degrees to meet undergraduate, graduate, and professional needs.

  • 7 Certificates
  • 6 Minors
  • 6 Bachelor's degree majors
  • 28 credential programs plus 1 special teaching authorization
  • 13 Master's degree programs
  • 1 Ed.S. degree in School Psychology
  • 1 Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership

View the complete list of academic offerings for details about our programs.

An Affordable, High Quality Education

The cost of a year of education with the College of Education, whether undergraduate, graduate, or as a doctoral student in our educational leadership program, is still significantly less than the cost for similar programs at other institutions. 2012-2013 undergraduate tuition at Sac State for in-state students was $6,602 versus $13,200 at the University of California, $38,420 at the University of the Pacific, and $26,656 at National University. 2012-2013 graduate tuition at Sac State for in-state students was $,7868 versus $15,640 at the University of California, $39,929 at the University of the Pacific, and $28,312 at National University.

Full time tuition at Sacramento State versus other schools in the region

Student Level Sac State UC System University of the Pacific National University Drexel University
Undergraduate Tuition
6,602* 13,200* 38,420 26,656*** 32,500****
Master's Student Tuition
7,868* 15,640* 39,290 28,312*** 39,000****
Doctoral Student Tuition
12,248* 17,519* 41,742** - -

* In-state students
** University of the Pacific, fees for Doctorate in Physical Therapy
*** National University, 2013/14 school year
**** Drexel University, 2013/14 school year

Financial Aid: Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

Both the College and University provide scholarships, grants, and loans to help students meet their financial needs. Review our resources to learn more about the College's scholarship and grant possibilities. Carefully review Sacramento State's financial aid resources to understand the many tools available to you to help pay for higher education.

Student Scholarship

The College of Education awards over 60 scholarships to deserving and meritorious students each year. Scholarship awards vary from $150 to $2,000. Each scholarships represent a family or organization’s wish to honor the legacy of a colleague’s work, the life of a loved one, or their own wish to contribute in a meaningful way to their

A Commitment to Diversity

Among the most important aspects of the College's vision and mission is a dedication to serving a diverse population of students. California's competitiveness economically and academically is rooted in part with its famously multi-ethnic population. That diversity is reflected not only in our students, but also our faculty and staff.

Student, Faculty, and Staff Profile - 2012

Ethnicity Students Faculty Staff
African American 1,562/6.1% 68/4.9% 120/9.4%
American Indian 221/0.9% 13/0.9% 3/0.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5,656/22.1% 151/10.9% 197/15.4%
Latino 4,939/19.3% 91/6.6% 206/16.1%
All Minority 12,378/48.5% 323/23.4% 526/41.1%
White/Caucasian 9,920/38.8% 983/71.1% 677/52.2%
Multiracial 1,119/4.4% 7/0.5% 28/2.2%
Other/Unreported 2,124/8.3% 69/5.0% 49/3.8%
Total 25,541 1382



From the past to the present, our leadership consists of our dean, assistant dean, chairs and director who have always supported and looked after their students. To contact them, please visit our Leadership page.

To see previous deans, our Dean's History page shows all the Deans since the College of Education have started.


The College is currently accredited by agencies relevant for each academic area:

  1. Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) - Counselor Education
  2. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) - Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, School Psychology, and Deaf Studies Degree and Credential Programs
  3. Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) - Vocational Rehabilitation program
  4. California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) - all teacher preparation and school service programs

View the College's accreditation activities to learn more about our commitment to high quality education.

Community Services

Through partnerships and affiliations, the College provides additional educational services to support our dedication to the regions educational community. These include:

  • Academic Talent Search (ATS)
  • Accelerated College Entrance Program (ACE)
  • California Reading and Literature Project (CRLP)
  • College Preparation and Reading Academy (ELA)
  • Migrant Education Advisor Program (MEAP)
  • Minicorps Program

Title II Higher Education Act Information

In compliance with Title II requirements, the following report is presented to the public. Section 207 of Title II requires institutions to submit annual reports to state agencies on the quality of the teacher preparation programs. States are required to collect the information contained in these institutional reports and submit an annual report to the United States Department of Education (USDOE) that reports on the success of teacher preparation programs and describes efforts to improve teacher quality. These report cards are also intended to inform the public of the status of teacher preparation programs.

2013-2014 Annual Report Card on California Teacher Preparation Programs pdf icon

For More Information
Please visit Commission on Teacher Credentialing: www.ctc.ca.gov

How to Apply

Applying to the College is the first step to realizing your academic and professional goals. Application periods and requirements vary based on the program in which you are interested. Be sure to plan ahead to ensure you take needed exams, obtain any supplemental materials required, and meet the required deadlines. Detailed application procedures are detailed online: