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Teaching Credential & Degree Programs

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Move to the Head of the Class With a Market-Relevant Teaching Credential in California 

If you’re an educator, adding market-relevant teaching credentials to your qualifications is an excellent way to stay at the forefront of modern education. Whether you’re seeking new knowledge in a specific area of instruction, updating your qualifications to teach certain subjects, or advancing your skills in the pursuit of a leadership role, National University offers teaching credential programs to meet the evolving needs of today’s educators.

Earning your teaching credential shows potential employers that you are experienced and knowledgeable, and that your skills are of high quality, which gives you an edge in the job market. Plus, NU’s credential programs help you meet the California (CA) teaching credential requirement for teaching in any California public school.

Make an Impact in Your Community and in the Field of Education

National University has recommended more candidates for teaching credentials in CA than any other university in the state. We offer a wide range of credential programs to help set you up for success in your teaching or school administration career.

Through our convenient four-week courses, you can immerse yourself in career-driven credential programs that help you reach your goals — one course and one month at a time. Discover which program is best for you and get started as soon as next month.

Find the Teaching Credential or Degree Program that’s Right for You

NU Success Stories

Graduates of our teaching credential programs have gone on to inspire their students and make a difference in their schools and school communities. Learn more about our inspiring graduates on our Alumni page.

Frequently Asked Questions

At National University, each faculty member brings their passion and expertise to the classroom and provides unwavering support to students throughout their program. Because our professors and instructors are experienced in their fields, you’ll gain real-world, career-relevant skills that set you up for success in your future career endeavors.

Absolutely. Our Career Services team offers many resources to help you and fulfill their professional goals. We will help you define your unique potential for success and foster lifelong professional and career development skills. You will benefit from our innovative workshops, exceptional support, expanded employment opportunities, and community partnerships.

We’re a Veteran-founded, San Diego-based nonprofit. Since 1971, our mission has been to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. Today, we educate students from across the U.S. and around the globe, with over 200,000 alumni worldwide.

The value of a college education is undeniable. Think of education as an investment in your future.

At National University, we strive to make higher education accessible and achievable by helping you find financial aid, including grants, loans, and scholarships, that will help defer or delay tuition costs and related expenses. Our financial aid representatives are happy to help you. please call 1-800-NAT-UNIV or e-mail us for assistance.

Yes! In honor of our students, and in celebration of our 50th anniversary, National University has invested $50 million in new student scholarships. To learn more about the our current Scholarship opportunities, how you can apply, and how much you can save, inquire today.

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