About the College of Education
The 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.
Approximately 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.