Best secondary education programs in California

Middle and high school teachers specialize in a single subject and teach students between 6th to 12th grade. A graduate degree in secondary education will enhance your teaching ability and prepare you for a career in education. Here are the best secondary education programs.

Our master’s in secondary education rankings cover 190 of the 241 universities available, accounting for 92% 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 | #7 in Secondary education nationally

University of Redlands

Redlands, California

Economic score: 0.26

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

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Earnings: $62,006

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $29,498

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: $31,125

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

Debt to earnings: 0.50

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 | #11 in Secondary 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.

#3 in California | #28 in Secondary 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 | #29 in Secondary education nationally

Dominican University of California

San Rafael, 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: $60,264

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $27,756

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: $39,553

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

Debt to earnings: 0.66

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 | #40 in Secondary 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.

#6 in California | #48 in Secondary 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.

#7 in California | #78 in Secondary 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.

#8 in California | #88 in Secondary 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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University of La Verne

La Verne, California

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