National University Leads California in Preparing Credentialed Teachers for 12th Consecutive Year

  • National has led California in preparing credentialed teachers every year since 2000
  • Credentialed teachers from National accounted for nine percent of statewide total
  • National University ranks fourth in the nation in granting master’s degrees in education to all minorities

San Diego, Calif. – National University, the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California and the 12th-largest in the United States, has prepared more teachers for credentialing than any other single institution of higher education in the state for the past 12 years dating back to the 2000-2001 academic year, according to figures released by the Commission on Teaching Credentialing (CTC).

Between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011, 1,399 teachers earned their single-subject, multiple-subject, and education specialist teaching credentials through National University, according to the 14th annual report on state teacher supply issued by the CTC in April 2012. To review CTC data on teacher credentialing online, visit the commission’s website at The source of credentialed teachers by university begins on Page 18 of the report.

Students completing their teaching credentials at National University accounted for nine percent of the statewide grand total during that time period. National University’s School of Education is also recognized for the diversity of its graduates and students completing their teaching credentials. Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranks National University first in California and fourth in the nation in granting master’s degrees in education to all minorities.

In 2009-2010, National University prepared 1,653 teachers for their credentials, accounting for 10 percent of the state-wide total. In 2008-2009, 2,115 teachers earned their credentials through National University, accounting for 12 percent of the statewide total. In 2007-2008, National University produced 2,201 credentialed teachers and accounted for 11 percent statewide. In 2006-2007, National University produced 2,458 credentialed teachers. In 2005-2006, 2,699 California teachers were prepared for their teaching credentials through National University. In 2004-2005, National University prepared 2,851 California teachers. In 2003-2004, National prepared 3,629 California teachers, and in 2002-2003, the number was 2,466. The year before, National successfully recommended a total of 3,698 candidates for teaching credentials in California. One year earlier, National led California by recommending 2,576 teachers for credentials.

Graduates and those obtaining their teaching credentials from the National University School of Education are recognized as some of the best educators in California, based upon assessments by the National Blue Ribbon School competition, the California Distinguished School Program, and various teachers of the year competitions.

In 2008, three of the five California Teachers of the Year were National University alumni, including Lewis Chappelear, who teaches engineering design at James Monroe High School in North Hills (Los Angeles County); Gregory McFall, an eighth grade teacher at Johnson Middle School in Westminster (Orange County); and Tamara Reina, who teaches English and U.S. History at the East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility in Otay Mesa (San Diego County). Mr. Chappelear, Mr. McFall, and Ms. Reina are on a distinguished list of National University alumni who have been named California Teacher of the Year, joining Ms. Sandra McBrayer (1994), Ms. Jan Mongoven (2000), and Mr. Alan Sitomer (2007).

In the past, National University alumni have also earned such honors as National Teacher of the Year (1994); California Principal of the Year (2003); Los Angeles Unified School District Teacher of the Year (2002); and Sacramento County Teacher of the Year (2003).

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Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California and the 12th largest in the United States. With 22,000 full-time students and 240,000 alumni, National University is the flagship institution of the National University System. National University is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse population of students. Five schools and one college – the College of Letters and Sciences; the School of Business and Management; the School of Education; the School of Engineering, Technology and Media; the School of Health and Human Services; and the School of Professional Studies – offer 75 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 22 teacher credentials at more than 45 locations throughout California and across the nation. A leader in online education, National University offers more than 70 degree programs via the Internet. National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California. To learn more, visit

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