Careers in Education

Learn about careers in education open to you as a graduate of SDSU's College of Education (COE).

Are you interested in a career in education? Would you like to learn more about becoming a:

  • Teacher
  • School psychologist
  • School principal
  • Bilingual educator
  • Special education teacher

Or would you like information about programs in other areas, such as counseling, or K-12 and Higher Ed Leadership?

The College of Education (COE) at San Diego State University prepares effective professionals for a variety of societal service delivery and leadership roles across a range of settings including:

  • Schools
  • Postsecondary institutions
  • Social service agencies
  • Vocational rehabilitation organizations

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Liberal Studies career paths

An undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies can be the springboard to a number of career paths. One of the largest majors at SDSU, it provides a rich academic foundation for meeting a wide range of future goals, both within the field of education and beyond. Learn more about career paths for undergraduates.

5 Ways the CSU is Preparing More Great Teachers

Chances are good you've already heard about the desperate shortage of trained and credentialed teachers – about 20,000 are needed in California alone. That makes the California State University's Educator Preparation Programs especially crucial right now; the CSU prepares a large percentage of the state's preschool through 12th-grade (P-12) teachers, awarding about 6,500 teaching credentials in California annually. [Read More About the CSUs Plans]

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Explore the possibilities

We encourage you to explore the many possible career paths available to you by reviewing available areas of study and by visiting the COE academic department pages.

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YouTube logoLink to YouTube videos about College of Education programs, projects, and career opportunities, including The Many Career Paths of the Child Development Major.

Find information and direction

Our Office for Student Success (OSS) serves as a "one-stop-shop," providing initial information and direction for prospective students interested in programs offered by the College of Education, as well as ongoing advising and assistance. OSS also provides credential exit processing for those who are completing their credential program.

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For the most up-to-date news regarding scholarship, professional development, and potential job opportunities, be sure to "Like" and "Follow" SDSU College of Education on Facebook.

Job Search Resources

Which school districts in California have a need for teachers?

You must contact the individual school districts, county offices of education, or other agencies for information on employment opportunities. Please visit the California Department of Education's California School Directory for a list of the county offices of education along with their addresses and phone numbers. Many districts in California provide information on employment opportunities on their own district's website. Individuals interested in teaching opportunities throughout California should visit the EdJoin website, the number one education job site.