Campus: CSU Northridge -- December 02, 2002
CSUN Leads CA Public Universities in Teacher Training
Demonstrating the strength of its teacher training program, Cal State
Northridge ranked once again as California’s leading public university
in preparing students to receive a teaching credential, according to
a state Commission on Teacher Credentialing report.
More CSUN graduates were issued California teaching credentials during
the 2000–2001 fiscal year than graduates from any other Cal State
campus, and more than from all eight University of California campuses
with teacher training programs combined. CSUN has now held that top
public university ranking for three of the past four years.
Northridge graduates received 888 California teaching credential documents
during the 2000–2001 year, or nearly 9 percent of the total 10,258
credentials issued to graduates of teacher training programs throughout
the 23-campus California State University system.
“California has a tremendous need for qualified school teachers
to improve the quality of education in our public schools,” said
Philip Rusche, dean of CSUN’s Michael D. Eisner College of Education.
“Cal State Northridge is proud to be at the forefront of not only
providing more new teachers, but also new teachers who are exceptionally
Demand for enrollment in the college of education has been on the rise,
as has been its output of teaching credential candidates. CSUN issued
credentials to 858 graduates during 1999–2000 and 794 during 1998–1999,
according to the state commission’s annual reports.
Among the credentials awarded to CSUN graduates in 2000–2001,
541 were multiple subject credentials used by elementary school teachers,
191 were single subject credentials used by high school teachers and
156 were in special education. The single subject and special education
numbers rose over the prior year, while the multiple subject number
Among all California public universities during 2000–2001, the
most recent year for statewide statistics, Northridge was followed by
Cal State Dominguez Hills with 762 teaching credentials awarded, 702
at San Diego State, and 697 at Cal State Los Angeles. The combined tally
for the entire UC system was 791 credentials for the year.
In California, only two private universities had larger teacher training
programs than Cal State Northridge for the year. National University
graduates received 2,576 credential documents for the year, while Chapman
University graduates received 1,427 credentials.
Overall, the state report said California saw good news on the teacher
preparation front during 2000–2001, with an 8 percent increase
in newly credentialed teachers to 23,926 for the year, a 5 percent decline
in those teaching on emergency permits and a 17 percent decrease in
the number of credential waivers.
Of the newly credentialed, 18,397 (77 percent) came from California
universities, 4,724 (20 percent) were prepared in other states and 805
(3 percent) came through school district programs. Among the California
universities’ portion, 10,258 (56 percent) came from the CSU,
7,348 (40 percent) from private universities and 791 (4 percent) came
from UC campuses.
Contact: Carmen Ramos Chandler (818) 677-2130