Top elementary education programs in California

Advanced degrees in elementary education equip teachers with additional knowledge and skills to better teach elementary-aged students in subjects like math, English, history, and more. These are the top elementary education programs in the U.S. Read more about our ranking methodology here.

Our master’s in elementary education rankings cover 208 of the 279 universities available, accounting for 87% of total student conferrals. Three years after completing their degree, graduates earn a weighted average salary of $49,054.

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#1 in California | #19 in Elementary education nationally

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, California

Economic score: 0.27

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $63,329

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $30,821

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $33,826

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.53

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#2 in California | #35 in Elementary education nationally

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, California

Economic score: 0.35

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $58,339

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $25,831

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $36,198

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.62

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#3 in California | #38 in Elementary education nationally

Brandman University

Irvine, California

Economic score: 0.35

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $64,321

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $31,813

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $44,786

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.70

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#4 in California | #53 in Elementary education nationally

Saint Mary's College of California

Moraga, California

Economic score: 0.38

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $61,957

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $29,449

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $44,417

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.72

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#5 in California | #66 in Elementary education nationally

National University

La Jolla, California

Economic score: 0.40

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $47,270

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $14,762

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $27,499

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.58

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#6 in California | #97 in Elementary education nationally

Chapman University

Orange, California

Economic score: 0.45

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $58,221

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $25,713

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $47,154

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.81

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#7 in California | #105 in Elementary education nationally

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, California

Economic score: 0.47

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $53,079

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $20,571

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $41,000

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.77

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

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Stanford University

Stanford, California

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University of La Verne

La Verne, California

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