As one of the largest, and the most populated state in the country, it's no surprise that California also has the largest number of school districts, close to 1,000, serving over 6,000,000 students. As of 2018, the graduation rate was 83% for the state, and the average student to teacher ratio is 24:1. The state of California requires a subject matter certificate for a secondary level teacher, and a multiple subject matter course certificate for elementary teachers, as well as a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university. There are some alternatives to this route, which you can learn about here. Why teach in California? In addition to a variety of teaching opportunities in progressive schools that are in need of teachers, California has a beautiful and varied coastline, desert, rich forests and national parks, and mountains -- some of which you can ski on. This variety offers a little something for everyone, which may explain why so many live there!
Social and Emotional learning has become a focus of California's Department of Education, citing that SEL is necessary for both students and teachers "to function well in the classroom, in the community, and in college and careers." In addition, the state has a goal to have half of all k-12 participating in learning two or more languages, by the year 2030. In addition, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education is seeking to be improved upon, and this includes efforts to get more girls, and disadvantaged students, interested in studying and then pursuing degrees in these subjects. View all of California's learning initiatives here.