Restricting California State University (CSU) “Courtesy Recommendations” to
the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC)
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) acknowledge the CSU’s commitment to serve the state of California in the preparation of P-12 teachers; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU reaffirm the primacy of the faculty role in establishing and maintaining quality standards for the programs of teacher preparation of the CSU; and be it further,
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU hold that credential recommendations should principally be for those candidates who have satisfactorily completed the appropriate and approved CSU program of professional teacher preparation; the practice of providing “courtesy recommendations” for graduates from non-CCTC approved, non-CSU teacher preparation programs must be restricted in order to protect program quality, reduce CSU faculty workload, and conserve the resources of the CSU; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the Chancellor, Campus provosts/ Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, Campus senate chairs, Campus education deans, California Committee on Teaching Credentialing.
RATIONALE: A CSU “courtesy recommendation” to the CCTC is a request to consider the applicant “as if” they had completed a CSU-equivalent program of teacher preparation. The intent is to accommodate those rare cases in which a potential candidate, to be awarded a CCTC preliminary credential, is adequately prepared by their prior experiences and education but has not completed the CCTC defined requirements at the CSU. This resolution is in response to concerns about maintaining the fidelity of teaching credentials and the uncompensated workload that has stemmed from an increase in the number of requests for “courtesy recommendations” to be provided by the CSU. These concerns have been exacerbated by the proliferation of non-CCTC approved teacher preparation programs producing graduates who then request a “courtesy recommendation” from the CSU.
Executive Order (EO) 1032 (http://www.calstate.edu/EO/EO-1032.pdf), which was issued pursuant to Section 40409, Sections 41000 through 41002, and Sections 41100 through 41103 of Title V, California Code of Regulations, and Sections I and II of Chapter III of the Standing Orders of the Board of Trustees of the California State University, established standards for admission to teacher education basic credential evaluation of subject matter competence for an entrant to a teacher education basic credential program, and candidacy for a student teaching experience. Also included in the document is a limitation of up to six semester units in education taken in a community college to apply toward the professional preparation requirements of a teacher education basic credential program. These requirements set a quality standard for teacher preparation students.
In order to uphold fidelity of excellence in professional teacher preparation programs at CSU campuses, ASCSU urge the Chancellor to establish further limitations to EO 1032, including the following:
- That CSUs should primarily recommend only those teachers and other credential candidates who have satisfactorily completed the appropriate and approved CSU program of professional teacher preparation.
- That CSUs are generally NOT to recommend graduates of a non-CSU program through the practice known as a “courtesy recommendation” to the CCTC.
- That any such “courtesy recommendation” coming from a CSU should be rare (i.e., there are some situations that may warrant such an occurrence but they should be genuine exceptions)
Approved – May 3-4, 2012