Campus: CSU, Dominguez Hills -- March 3, 2000

National Education Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)

The School of Education at CSU Dominguez Hills won a national education award for a new teacher preparation program based on a high degree of collaboration between faculty from different departments.

The "Best Practice Award in Support of Teacher Education Accreditation" was received from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) for the university's "Blended Liberal Studies/Teacher Education Program," which speeds the time it takes to prepare a teacher by allowing them to enroll simultaneously in two different disciplines.

Said AACTE senior director Penelope Earley: "The program blends subject matter study with professional preparation for undergraduate students who will teach elementary school. The program represents a new approach to teacher training and is an excellent example of what can be accomplished by the collaboration of teacher education and arts and sciences faculty."

School of Education Dean Billie Blair concurred: "The School of Education is known for being forward looking in its offering of programs, and for the commitment that we faculty have to our constituent in the communities we serve," she said. "The importance of this award is that it recognizes these achievements at the national level…and acknowledges that our blend of teacher education is rare. It offers our students the opportunity of learning their profession much more efficiently and proficiently."

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