Producing more than 53 percent of California’s teachers, the California State University is the nation’s largest public university system in teacher preparation programs and studies. In fact, the CSU graduates 13,000 new teachers in California each year, and over the past five years has successfully doubled the number of math and science teachers it prepares from 750 to 1,500. Read more about the CSU’s role in teacher preparation here.
On Feb. 14, 2011, education stakeholders across the country in the field of teacher education attended the California State University's Summit on Teacher Preparation. The summit focused on identifying successful strategies for teacher preparation that can be replicated in California and nationally, with a special emphasis on equipping new teachers to work with English learners and economically disadvantaged and special needs students to close achievement gaps. It also discussed how best to evaluate the performance of new teachers and programs.
Innovative Programs Creating Innovative Teachers
As the state’s primary source of teachers, the CSU prides itself on the innovative programs and initiatives it creates to produce well-qualified teachers. Through developments such as the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) programs, the Math and Science Teacher Initiative, and the CalStateTEACH online preparation program, the CSU continues to maintain its reputation as a major driver in California’s economic growth.
Twenty-two CSU campuses are preparing P-12 teachers through unique programs that produce teachers with ample hands-on experience. Full Story.
Shaping Teachers for California
The CSU has more than 2.6 million alumni and graduates more than 95,000 students into the state’s workforce each year. CSU alumni are leaders in the high-impact fields that drive California’s economy, including education, business, healthcare and entertainment, among others. More of California’s teachers come from the CSU than all other institutions in California combined. Some alumni who have touched the lives of others through teaching include Debbie Stephenson, Kadhir Rajagopal and Albert Cherng. Full Story.