La Sierra University's School of Education is preparing educators who want to make a difference in the world. Employers contact us yearly from the U.S. and international schools, seeking educators who enjoy helping people learn, who want to participate in cutting edge research and 21st century thinking, who will be role models to their students and leaders in their field. Is that you? You'll experience a life-changing education here.

Come experience what the School of Education at La Sierra University has to offer. Take that step toward making a greater difference, today.

Our Mission and Goals

The mission of the School of Education is to promote, model and support exemplary teaching, influential leadership, responsible research, and social and educational service that fosters lifelong learning and enhances quality of life in our community and our world.

Our goal is to prepare individuals for exemplary service in the various fields of education so that their students may realize their fullest potential in service to God and humanity. To that end, we take seriously the goals we have set for the school in serving our students. We are committed to:

  • Assisting pre-service and in-service educational personnel in building a sound philosophy of education that reflects Christian values and ethical principles.
  • Enabling students to implement basic principles of education that reflect sound theories and practices.
  • Motivating investigative curiosity and a desire to participate in the advancement of knowledge.
  • Helping develop skill in educational research.

It’s not only our history that makes us unique. We believe that educators can change the world by teaching minds while building character in students. A focus on the moral and ethical dimensions of teaching sets us apart.

Apart from our values-based curriculum you will benefit from:

  • One-on-one meetings with faculty
  • Professors with real-life experience
  • Personal program advisor
  • Small Classes
  • Class schedules designed for working professionals
  • Summer fast-track programs

Credential Descriptions

La Sierra University's School of Education provides the following credentials both on campus and online for both public and private education systems.

Seventh-day Adventist School System

The basic credential for teaching in Seventh-day Adventist church schools is issued through each Union Education Office in the North American Division. Requirements for the credential may be obtained through the Union Education office for the region in which you reside. See the NAD Web site for the contact person at:

State of California

The preliminary credential to teach in the public schools of California is issued by the Commission of Teacher Education in Sacramento, California. La Sierra University School of Education teaches the courses, advises, and provides assistance for assembling final documents for submission to the State.

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing maintains data on assessments and standards for teacher certification and licensure, as well as data on the performance of teacher and preparation programs. Click here to view La Sierra University's license examination passage rates, located under Annual Institutional Report Cards.
Contact Sylvia Gallegos, Credential Officer, in the School of Education for details.

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