Sanford College of Education

Whether you’re new to teaching, are a seasoned pro, or are moving up through the administrative ranks, you need a partner in education. The Sanford College of Education at National University is the ideal place for you.

The need for qualified teachers, school psychologists, counselors, and administrators is high; to fill this need, the Sanford College of Education at National University offers over 50 on-campus and online certificates, credentials, and degree programs. The College has earned accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), recognizing its rigorous, evidence-based standards for teacher education programs.

For the past 14 years, the University has recommended more candidates for teaching credentials in California than any other university in the state. National University is the second largest conferrer of master’s degrees in education in the nation among nonprofit, private universities, and is the sixth largest conferrer of master’s degrees in education among all universities in the U.S. (Source: IPEDS, First Major Education)

Dean Dr. Judy Mantle
858-642-8320 | soe@nu.edu

Choose from our departments below

Educational Administration and School Counseling/Psychology Programs

Department Head: Dr. Dina Pacis

School environments are more dynamic than ever before, with students from varied backgrounds mixing cultures in complex and exciting ways. A school counseling degree, or a credential or degree in educational administration from National University will prepare you to lead in these diverse social and cultural environments.

National University recommends more candidates for Preliminary Administrative Services credentials than any other single institution in California. We’ve prepared thousands of education professionals, administrators, and educational specialists for important leadership positions, not just in California, but across the country.

The programs available in this department include a Master of Science in Educational Administration, a Preliminary Tier I Administrative Services Certificate/Credential, and a Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential.

Department of Teacher Education Programs

Department Head: Lori Piowlski

National University is a leader in preparing thousands of school administrators, educational specialists, and education professionals for leadership positions in California’s elementary and secondary schools.

Your degree or credential from the Department of Teacher Education at National University will prepare you to meet the needs of students in diverse social and cultural environments. National University recommends more teachers for credentials than any other single institution in California and holds more K-12 teacher training contracts with elementary and secondary school districts than any other university in the state. When you complete the teacher education program at National University, you will join an alumni network of award-winning, experienced educators.

Department of Special Education Programs

Department Head: Dr. Susan Porter

Working with students who are autistic, deaf, or have learning disabilities can be extremely challenging and requires special skills and training. A special education degree or special education credential from National University will provide unique insight and understanding, and the strategies needed to enhance the performance of these very special students.

The Department of Special Education at National University offers special education courses that cover a wide range of degrees, credentials, and certificates for education professionals looking for rewarding careers in this field. A special education degree will prepare you to take on this noble and important work.

Educational Administration and School Counseling/Psychology Programs

Department Head: Dr. Dina Pacis

School environments are more dynamic than ever before, with students from varied backgrounds mixing cultures in complex and exciting ways. A school counseling degree, or a credential or degree in educational administration from National University will prepare you to lead in these diverse social and cultural environments.

National University recommends more candidates for Preliminary Administrative Services credentials than any other single institution in California. We’ve prepared thousands of education professionals, administrators, and educational specialists for important leadership positions, not just in California, but across the country.

The programs available in this department include a Master of Science in Educational Administration, a Preliminary Tier I Administrative Services Certificate/Credential, and a Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential.

Department of Teacher Education Programs

Department Head: Lori Piowlski

National University is a leader in preparing thousands of school administrators, educational specialists, and education professionals for leadership positions in California’s elementary and secondary schools.

Your degree or credential from the Department of Teacher Education at National University will prepare you to meet the needs of students in diverse social and cultural environments. National University recommends more teachers for credentials than any other single institution in California and holds more K-12 teacher training contracts with elementary and secondary school districts than any other university in the state. When you complete the teacher education program at National University, you will join an alumni network of award-winning, experienced educators.

Department of Special Education Programs

Department Head: Dr. Susan Porter

Working with students who are autistic, deaf, or have learning disabilities can be extremely challenging and requires special skills and training. A special education degree or special education credential from National University will provide unique insight and understanding, and the strategies needed to enhance the performance of these very special students.

The Department of Special Education at National University offers special education courses that cover a wide range of degrees, credentials, and certificates for education professionals looking for rewarding careers in this field. A special education degree will prepare you to take on this noble and important work.