General Education Master of Education Programs California

General Education with Teaching Emphasis MEd

Earn a Master’s Degree and Prepare for a Career in Teaching

UCR’s master’s degree in General Education with Teaching Emphasis prepares you to be an outstanding classroom teacher and a leader in a school district. You can pursue either a multiple subject or single subject teaching credential and combine your studies with the in-depth understanding of educational theory and research you would expect from a strong MEd program.

The Graduate School of Education’s research focuses on the challenges of serving a diverse student population, and you will learn to evaluate this educational research and then apply best practices in the field. The program gives you extensive teaching experience in an assigned school in a partnering school district.

By the time you complete your graduate degree with a teaching emphasis, you will have earned your credential to teach in California, a designation that is widely accepted in other states and gives you access to excellent career options.


Additional requirements for international students.

Highlights of the General Education with Teaching Emphasis MEd Program

  • Take up to two graduate level courses (200 level) and two upper division courses (100 level) during the summer before admission to the program. You’ll take upper division, professional and graduate level courses during the fall, winter, and spring quarters to meet California teaching licensure requirements.
  • Earn your master’s degree in 12 months. Begin in the summer and end in spring the next year.
  • May complete up to 3 upper division requirements as an undergraduate if you wish, but these credits cannot be applied toward the graduate degree if they were used to fulfill undergraduate program requirements.
  • Study with exceptional faculty who are excellent classroom teachers and are also renowned in their field.
  • Learn about educational issues such as equity and diversity by studying current research in a highly diverse inland Southern California school district.
  • Graduate from an MEd program that has a strong track record for graduate placement in area schools.
  • Earn your master’s degree from a program that is fully accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

Career Outlook for Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates 6 percent growth elementary, middle school and high school teaching positions between 2014 and 2024. This equates to about 87,800 elementary teaching jobs, 36,800 middle school teaching positions and 55,900 high school teaching positions. The median annual salaries for teachers are as follows:
Elementary: $53,760
Middle School: $54,940
High School: $56,310

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Alumni Testimonials

“I was accepted into UCR's MEd program and student-taught history/social studies. The program was tough, but I had wonderful support on all sides. The full year of classroom experience and intensive instruction offered by UCR's program helped give me the confidence, skills, and preparation I needed to succeed.” -Taylor Libolt MEd/Credential graduate