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Innovative Programs Creating Innovative Teachers

February 17, 2011
By Stephanie Thara

Special education credential student Andrew Holmes hands out test papers in a world history class at Brea Junior High School. This fall, Holmes is getting classroom experience as part of a federally funded project to give special education credential students teaching opportunities in general education classrooms. Photo by Karen TapiaAs 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. Examples include:

  • Central California Partnership for Teacher Quality Programs: CSU Bakersfield, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and CSU Monterey Bay are working together with the Tulare County Office of Education and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools to create a program – with a focus on science, math and special education – that will mentor and support new teachers in hopes of improving teacher quality and reforming teacher education at 16 high-need schools, primarily in rural areas in central California.
  • L.A. Urban Teacher Residency Program: Through a 15-month graduate-level program, Cal State L.A. students seeking to become teachers will spend a full school year as resident-teachers in classrooms at middle and high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District working with outstanding mentor teachers.
  • Virtual Exchange Program: CSU Dominguez Hills and the California Academy of Math and Science partnered toThe CSU Bilingual Bi-National Teacher Education Program (Bi-TEP) create a program to train aspiring and current teachers to help students connect the dots between what they're learning in science, technology, engineering and math classes with other disciplines.
  • Intel Teach to the Future Curriculum Program: In collaboration with Intel, Cal State Fullerton developed a program to support pre-service teachers' integration of technology into instruction to develop students' higher-level thinking skills and enhance learning and development. The project is an integral part of the National Children's Health Study, the largest longitudinal study of child health ever undertaken in the United States.