What Degree Is Best for Me?

The College of Education offers a broad array of academic degrees in education, from undergraduate minors to teaching credentials to a full doctorate in educational leadership. Explore our offerings below.

Minor

A minor is a set number of units in a specific area of study that supplements a student's major area of study. A minor allows experience in an area of study beyond a primary major.
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Certificate

A certificate program allows for focused study within a very specific area. A certificate requires fewer units than a bachelor's degree.
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Bachelor's

Traditionally, a bachelors' degree is based on a four-year program, though students often take longer to complete their degree. It is often referred to as an undergraduate degree. A minimum of 120 units is required. The Bachelor's degree is the foundational degree for further graduate study, including credential and similar professional programs.
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Credential

A credential is a state certification that allows an individual to teach or work in a public school/educational setting. This includes the familiar credentials that allow one to teach in elementary and high school settings, but there are many other types of credentials.
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Masters

The Master's degree is conventionally a two-year program of advanced study in a specialized field. The curriculum is generally designed for students seeking to enter a profession, advance in their current career, or pursue a new direction from earlier degrees.
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Doctorate

The doctoral degree is one of the highest levels of collegiate study. In many fields, the doctorate signifies academic achievement at the most advanced level. Our doctorate in educational leadership takes two full years of study (including summers) to complete the program.
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Professional Development and Continuing Education Opportunities

For individuals seeking enhancement of professional or work skills, including teachers that must complete continuing education units, the College offers many opportunities for professional development.
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