Campus: CSU Chico -- April 24, 2002
Butte College and CSU, Chico Partners in 'Teacher
CORE Link': New Pathway for Elementary School Teachers Created
Butte College and California State University, Chico have entered into
a partnership called "Teacher CORE Link," a pathway that will
allow Butte students to transfer into the CSU, Chico's Liberal Studies
program after four semesters.
Prospective elementary teachers at Butte will enter CSU, Chico's Integrated
Teacher CORE (ITC). In ITC, Liberal Studies students who want to become
elementary school teachers take classes together and participate in
tutoring young students.
According to the California Department of Education, California will
need between 260,000 and 300,000 new teachers over the next 10 years.
Teacher CORE Link parallels the first four semesters of CSU, Chico's
program. Starting in fall 2002, qualified Butte College students will
take linked courses each semester and participate in AmeriCorps, a federal
program of paid work in public schools. In the fall, the Butte College
students will attend linked sections of American government, political
science and speech.
With the exception of the linked courses each semester, students are
free to develop educational plans tailored to individual needs. At the
end of four semesters, the student will have duplicated or exceeded
the corresponding CSU, Chico requirements and will be able to transfer
to CSU, Chico for the remaining four or five semesters.
The benefits of Teacher CORE Link include guaranteed transfer to CSU,
Chico's Liberal Studies Program; participation in a close-knit learning
community in which students take several classes together; up to $4,000
in credits and a stipend annually through participation in the AmeriCorps
program in local elementary classrooms; and an opportunity to complete
the teacher education program in 4 1/2 years with a bachelor's degree
in Liberal Studies and a multi-subject credential.
"The goal is for Butte College students to complete Chico State
requirements in four semesters, so that they can seamlessly transfer
over to the Chico State Integrated Teacher CORE. This new Teacher CORE
Link will save time and money," said Dan Barnett, a Butte College
philosophy instructor who will be teaching one of the courses.
"The intention in planning and implementing Integrated Teacher
programs at Butte College is to make access to the teacher preparation
program more available to a more diverse population of potential teachers,"
said Michael Kotar, chair of the education department at CSU, Chico.
A significant number of Liberal Studies students transfer to CSU, Chico
from community college. "Re-creating an ITC program will provide
Butte students with opportunities to participate in the same general
education and school experiences as university students. Transfer students
will be better prepared for the ITC junior year and benefit from the
blend of content and methods courses," said Kotar.
The linked ITC meets the goal of CSU, Chico's Strategic Plan to be an
anchor institution for education in the region. Collaboration with Butte
College helps meet the needs for new educators for California, Kotar
For more information about the program, contact either Kotar, 530-898-6421,
or Barnett, 530-895-2973.