An increasing demand for teacher training courses has led California State University, Stanislaus to add daytime classes to its Multiple-Subject Teacher Credential program in Stockton, starting with the Spring Semester in February.
Each of the required six classes will be offered Monday through Thursday at CSU Stanislaus-Stockton, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Dr. Elmano Costa, Coordinator of the Multiple Subjects Credential Program for the Department of Teacher Education, said the program is being expanded to include daytime classes due to a steadily increasing demand for the sessions in the Stockton area. Most students will be able to complete all the credential requirements in two semesters, Costa said, depending on what requirements have been met at the time of enrollment.
"We are very pleased to be growing with the campus in Stockton," Dr. Costa said. "With the tremendous need for teachers, this program gives residents of Stockton and neighboring communities access to daytime courses with the inexpensive fees of California State University, Stanislaus."
Multiple-subject teacher credential classes are currently offered from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Stockton site, with some 55 students currently enrolled in the evening program. The day program is a new addition to an already extensive assortment of credential program offering on the Stockton Campus. Currently, students can complete the Multiple Subjects Credential Program with a Cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) or a Spanish Bilingual Cultural Language and Academic Development (BCLAD) emphasis at the Stockton Campus in the evening.
"We offered two courses in the afternoon in the fall of 1999 and had very good enrollment. In fact, one course had a wait list and the other had over 20 students. This convinced us that the time was right to offer a day program as well," Costa said.
With demand for qualified and credentialed teachers increasing, CSU Stanislaus has experienced significant growth in its multiple-subject program. More than 450 students are enrolled in the overall program that also includes classes at the main Turlock campus and in Merced.
"Our credential programs have been growing rapidly since the state implemented class size reduction three years ago," said Dr. Juan Flores, Chair of the Department of Teacher Education. "The addition of the option of taking the credential courses in the daytime in Stockton is a natural progression and is a service which students will appreciate."
Application information on the new Stockton classes is available at the CSU Stanislaus-Stockton site, 612 East Magnolia Street, by calling the Stockton campus at (209) 467-5300, the Department of Teacher Education at 667-3357, or by completing the application form on the CSU Stanislaus Web page at www.csustan.edu. The application deadline extends through January 7, 2000, with classes scheduled to get under way February 16, 2000.
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