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Key Service Industries

In addition to the critical knowledge-based industries, California State University has educated many of the Golden State’s public professionals, including teachers, criminal justice employees, social workers, and public officials.

In total, the CSU graduated about 75 percent of the state’s college degrees in criminal justice and prepared more than half its teachers.

Educating Teachers: Building the Future Generation

Education is the foundation for future generations of Californians’ success and is routinely cited as one of the major drivers of economic growth. The CSU is by far the state’s primary source of teachers; more than half of California’s teachers are graduates of its campuses.

In addition, education is growing as a field of study at the CSU. In 2007-08, nearly 13,000 CSU alumni received California teaching credentials. Mathematics and science teachers are especially important in preparing the workforce for the state’s high-growth sectors. The CSU has increased its preparation of teachers in these fields by more than 85 percent in the past five years. Furthermore, 11 CSU campuses offer a three-year EdD program designed to equip leaders with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop reforms to improve student achievement.

Newly Issued California Teaching Credentials (regular credentials and internships) by University, 2007-08
University Teaching Credentials
CSU 52%
UC 4%
Other 44%


The Urban Teaching Academy: One of the CSU's Innovative Approaches to Educating Teachers 

It started with a nationally competitive grant from the National Commission on Teaching and America's 
Future, and it has grown into an innovative program for teacher education. CSU Long Beach's Urban 
Teaching Academy (UTA) is modeled after doctors' hospital residency programs and calls on veteran 
teachers to mentor master's students. In UTA, students also learn in K-16 classrooms, providing a realworld 
environment to hone their craft. 

In recent years, program leaders Linda Symcox and Felipe Golez have led six cohorts through several area 
schools in the Long Beach and ABC Unified School Districts. These groups learn within the context of the 
school in which they are working. For example, in a sciences magnet school, the master's student takes 
science-related electives. In addition, students spend two days a week on scholarly work.

CSU campuses have demonstrated leadership in improving American education and developing groundbreaking teacher education programs:

  • CSU Northridge is one of four universities in the U.S. selected by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to participate in its Teachers for a New Era Initiative. Jointly funded by the Carnegie, Ford, and Annenberg Foundations, the program is designed to ensure teacher preparation that is evidence-based and of the highest quality.

  • With a five-year $8.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, CSU Los Angeles in 2009 launched the Los Angeles Urban Teacher Residency Program to strengthen teacher preparation and student academic achievement. It places students who are seeking to become teachers as resident-teachers at middle and high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), where they are prepared to teach math, science, and special education at high-need public schools.

  • CSU Bakersfield, CSU Chico, CSU Dominguez Hills, and CSU Los Angeles as well as Cal Poly San Luis Obispo are among only 28 universities nationwide to receive a prestigious Teacher Quality Partnership grant from the U.S. Department of Education in its first-time award of these grants.

  • CSU Stanislaus organized the Central Valley Dual Language Consortium to support 11 dual language immersion elementary schools in its service area that focus on teaching students English and Spanish. Bolstered by a recent grant that provides resources to prepare future education leaders and improve dual language education in the region, the program features regular support meetings and parent conferences that help integrate bilingual students into the school.

  • The North Orange County Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Induction Program is a collaborative partnership of CSU Fullerton, the Fullerton School District, La Habra City School District, and Buena Park School District. The partnership offers multifaceted support, including an experienced teacher-partner for teachers during their first two years in the classroom.

  • CSU Dominguez Hills received a five-year Title V grant for over $2.7 million from the U.S. Department of Education to establish a new success program for Latino students, “Encuentro Hacia El Exito” (Encounter to Excellence).

Criminal Justice: Providing Leadership and Security

California has the largest and one of the most complex criminal justice and corrections systems in the United States. The CSU’s criminal justice programs prepare the trained professionals needed to administer and improve the state’s courts and corrections system: 84 percent of Californians granted bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and 41 percent with degrees in criminology in 2007 studied at the CSU. The CSU awarded 70 percent of the master’s degrees in criminal justice in 2007.

The following figure demonstrates the importance of the CSU in contributing to the Criminal Justice field.

Percent of Criminal Justice Graduates in California with Degrees from CSU, 2007
Criminal Justice Degree Percentage
Criminal Justice and Corrections 84%
Criminology 41%
  • San José State was the first institution in the United States to offer degrees in criminal justice, and Fresno State houses an on-campus crime lab.

  • The Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center on the CSU Los Angeles campus is unique as it combines academic teaching and research programs with the operating crime laboratories of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s and Police Departments, providing forensic crime laboratory services to serve justice.

  • CSU San Bernardino serves as the lead institution for a seven CSU campus consortium to operate the CSU Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence, teaching students in language acquisition, critical thinking and writing, foreign studies, GIS-related skills, national security, and intelligence studies.

  • CSU Sacramento’s Criminal Justice program is one of the largest in the nation, with more than 1,500 undergraduate pre-majors and majors and 80 graduate students. CSU Sacramento graduates occupy key positions in local, state, and federal law enforcement and correctional agencies. A substantial number have gone on to law school and the practice of law, in both the court system and in private practice.

  • The Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding (NCRP) undergraduate and graduate programs at CSU Dominguez Hills are dedicated to the advancement of interest-based negotiation as well as peaceful approaches to conflict management/resolution and peacebuilding in all areas of human interaction. The program also offers a joint JD/MA program enabling graduate students to complete a J.D. at Southwestern Law School while earning an MA degree.

Social Work

With growing elderly and immigrant populations, there is a significant demand nationwide for qualified social workers. Social workers provide a vast array of services for California’s families and represent a link between state services and community action. The CSU is by far the state’s largest source of these vital experts. The CSU awarded 82 percent of bachelor’s degrees in social work and 69 percent of the master’s degrees in 2007.

The following figure demonstrates the importance of the CSU in contributing to the Social Work field.

Percent of Social Work Graduates with Bachelor’s Degrees from CSU, 2007
Social Work Degree Percentage
Social Work 82%
Human Services, General 88%

Public Administration: Leadership and Service

As the most populous state in the union and one of the world’s ten largest economies, California’s governance relies on trained policy professionals who understand the methods and practice of public administration and are imbued with a commitment to public service. Particularly in a time of difficult budget decisions, California relies on its leaders and policymakers— the majority of whom were trained at the CSU.

Seven hundred people, or 64 percent of Californians with master's degrees awarded in public administration in 2007, studied at the CSU. Forty-nine percent of Californians with bachelor's degrees in city, urban, community, and regional planning studied at the CSU in 2007. The following figure demonstrates the importance of the CSU in contributing to the Public Administration field.

Percent of Public Administration Graduates with Bachelor’s Degrees from CSU, 2007
Public Administration Degree Percentage
Public Administration 35%
Political Science & Govt 30%
Urban Studies/ Affairs 49%
  • CSU Sacramento’s Center for California Studies is one of the state’s only multidisciplinary, university-based institutes addressing California policy issues. The center administers the Capital Fellows Program internship, which was named one of the top 10 internships in the nation by Vault.com, a career management research and information website.

  • San Francisco State University is a major training ground for lawyers and lawmakers in California. It ranks among the top 20 undergraduate schools whose alumni go on to be admitted to the State Bar. Many attorneys who trace their undergraduate years to San Francisco State have advanced to holding public office.

  • Cal Poly Pomona ranks second in the nation for Best Urban & Regional Planning undergraduate programs among private and public schools, according to Planetizen, a leading online publication for the urban planning, design, and development community.

  • The Pat Brown Institute at CSU Los Angeles is a non-partisan public policy center that convenes public policy forums, engages multi-sector stakeholders and diverse communities, and conducts policy research and community-driven initiatives.

Seven hundred people, or 64 percent of Californians with master’s degrees awarded in public administration in 2007, studied at the CSU. Forty-nine percent of Californians with bachelor's degrees in city, urban, community, and regional planning studied at the CSU in 2007.

“Green” Jobs

There is currently an effort throughout academia in the United States to make universities more sustainable. This involves implementing strategies such as building more energy efficient buildings and using renewable resources. CSU is taking this one step further by investing in its students to be the leaders of tomorrow’s green workforce. These efforts are particularly important in a state where “green” businesses increased by 45 percent over the past 15 years.

CSU campuses are offering students programs focused on “green” industries. Following is a sampling.

  • The Green and Sustainable Building Certificate Program offered by the CSU Long Beach College of Continuing and Professional Education provides contractors, builders, and a new class of “green collar” workers an understanding of cutting-edge advancements in building science, processes and materials, promoting preservation of natural resources, and energy efficiency.

  • In partnership with The Boeing Company, CSU Northridge is constructing a first-of-its-kind 100-kilowatt photovoltaic installation whose efficiency will nearly double that of the campus’ existing energy producing solar panels. The unique solar arrays employ a dual axis tracking system that automatically moves to follow the sun. Engineering and Computer Science students are participating in the project.

  • CSU San Marcos Extended Learning offers a certificate program in Green Business Operations for those in local industry and organizations seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the problems and potential solutions for “going green,” including how to reduce associated costs and comply with new legislation to preserve the environment.

  • CSU East Bay offers a new interdisciplinary certificate in sustainable resource management open to undergraduates and professionals to help support green workforce development in the region. The Division of Continuing and International Education offers eight new online professional certificate programs in areas including energy, green building, and air quality.

  • CSU Fullerton’s Center for Sustainability and Environmental Studies Program received a $300,000 grant from the FIPSE program of the U.S. Dept. of Education to develop innovative models for the recruitment and retention of Hispanic American graduate students. The funding will support the establishment of the first Transdisciplinary Virtual Community of Practice (TVCoP) related to sustainability. The TVCoP will reach out to environmental practitioners to advance training and promote interaction between those practitioners and current and potential environmental studies students, and provide opportunities for experiential learning.

  • Through an innovative partnership with Aera Energy LLC and other industry stakeholders, CSU Bakersfield's Environmental Resource Management program met regional needs for occupational safety and health managers through the development of a new concentration within the Environmental Resource Management program.

  • Humboldt State University’s Schatz Energy Research Center has been conducting research on clean energy technologies for more than 30 years. Faculty and students at the center designed the nation’s first street-legal hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and recently designed an on-campus hydrogen fueling station.

Meeting California’s Professional Workforce Needs

California faces a complex web of challenges in the 21st century, including growing a nimble economy founded on agriculture and propelled by innovative technologies, while providing essential social services to a broad array of citizens. In this environment, a large, dynamic workforce of job-ready university graduates is essential. The CSU is by far the state’s largest educator of California’s workforce. No other California university provides as many graduates for knowledge-based industries. At the same time, the CSU’s education of public professionals in criminal justice, education, and public administration lays the foundation for future economic growth and protects citizens in need. The CSU’s development of this professional workforce reflects a long-standing commitment to higher education, represented in the state’s 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education, and has helped form the backbone of one of the world’s most prosperous and innovative economies.