National University Leads California in Preparing Credentialed Teachers for Ninth Year in a Row

  • National University prepared 2,201 teachers for credentialing from July 2007 to June 2008
  • National University students accounted for 11 percent of statewide total
  • National University outnumbered second-ranked institution by nearly 2-to-1 ratio

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – National University, California’s second-largest, private, nonprofit institution of higher education, has prepared more teachers for credentialing than any other single institution of higher education in California for the ninth consecutive year, according to figures released by the Commission on Teaching Credentialing (CTC).

Between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2008, 2,201 teachers earned their single-subject, multiple-subject, and education specialist teaching credentials through National University, according to the 11th annual report on state teacher supply issued by the CTC. 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 11 percent of the statewide grand total during that time period, outnumbering the second-ranked university by a nearly two-to-one ratio.

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).

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 third in the nation in granting master’s degrees in education to all minorities.

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About National University
Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California with 22,000 full-time students and 230,000 alumni. 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 Schools of Business and Management; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services, and Media and Communication; and the College of Letters and Sciences – offer more than 75 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 25 teacher credentials at more than 30 locations throughout California and in Henderson, Nevada. A leader in online education, National University offers more than 60 degree programs via the Internet. National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California. To learn more, visit

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