SOURCE: National University

December 10, 2013 13:11 ET

The College Database Names National University Top College in California for Teacher Education

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 10, 2013) - National University, the second-largest private, nonprofit university in California, has been named the top college in the state for teacher education by The College Database in its "Top Colleges in California: Shaping the Next Generation" list, The College Database and National University announced today.

The College Database is the most current and comprehensive source for U.S. college and university data in the state for teacher education. The new list highlights the post-secondary institutions in the state that produced the most education graduates during the 2012 school year.

"This ranking reinforces National University's leadership position in teacher education in the state of California," said Dr. Don Chu, Dean of National University's School of Education. "For the past 13 years, we have prepared more credentialed teachers than any other single institution of higher education in California and that speaks volumes to the dedication of our faculty and staff."

"Many colleges and universities have tremendous teacher education programs," said Doug Jones, founder and CEO of The College Database. "But which ones are producing the most young educators today? We wanted to identify the colleges making the largest impact on our students."

The College Database used the following methodology to identify the top colleges shaping the next generation:

  • Must be fully accredited
  • 4-year colleges only
  • Public or private, not-for-profit colleges only
  • No for-profit schools
  • U.S. colleges only
  • Minimum of 10 grads from education or teaching programs in 2012

National University's School of Education is unrivaled when it comes to not only teacher education and credential programs, but educators in the workplace making a difference in nurturing today's youth and tomorrow's leaders. National University holds teaching contracts with nearly 1,000 California school districts, meaning National's graduates are shaping the lives of thousands of students each day. In fact, of the 16 California schools named as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2013, three were headed by principals who are National University alumni.

To learn more about National University and its School of Education, visit

To view the College Database's entire rankings, visit

About The College Database
The College Database is a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to provide free information about education options both nationally and locally to students, parents and other interested parties. The goal is accomplished by making all information and tools on the site free and easy to access. While still a relatively young company, The College Database has become a leader in providing educational information to libraries, high schools and career centers across the country.

About National University
Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California. With 30,000 full-time students and 130,000 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 133 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 23 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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