By Agnes Musee
The College of Education and Integrative Studies received a $246,322 grant from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to allow teachers to receive credentials in four years instead of five in a higher education program.
Cal Poly Pomona is one of 17 universities to receive the grant in order to combat teacher shortages in California. Integrated Program Grants set aside a total estimate of $5.2 million to the universities (mynewsla.com).
Teaching credentials are required in addition to bachelor degrees. Currently, it takes up to two years to earn teaching credentials. California teachers will now have the opportunity to earn their teaching credentials as they earn their undergraduate degree.
“We are going to be redesigning courses that they normally would have taken, to meet requirements for the degree and credentials at the same time,” said Interim Associate Dean Teshia Roby.
This four-year education plan to receive teaching credentials will spare students an estimated $20,000 in college-related expenses (mynewsla.com).
In an interview with mynewsla.com, CSU assistant vice chancellor of Teacher Education Program and Public School Programs Marquita Grenot-Scheyer said: “In addition, to incentivize more students to enter the teaching profession, teacher candidates will also be eligible for $16,000 in state and federal grants.”
The motive behind the grant is to grow teaching credentials in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and bilingual department (mynewsla.com). These departments are the most needed in California (mynewsla.com).
“We are Southern California, we have a diversity of ethnicities in our region and communities and we need teachers who can be in that space with them and allow the whole student to be present in the classroom,” said Roby.
According to Roby, The program must be implemented by Fall 2018 by CTC requirements with an approved course plan. In order to complete course requirements come semester conversion, the program may require students to enroll in summer sessions.
“This money was awarded to plan the program over the next two years. It includes release time for the faculty, hiring assessment coordinators, [and] it includes everyone needed to participate in the planning of this degree in order to get it approved by the CTC and academic senate,” said Roby.
It will be a requirement for grant students to finish within four years of the program. CPP will still allow students to opt out of the program if they prefer to separately focus on their bachelor’s and teaching credentials.
“[The program] is for students who clearly know they want to be on the accelerated path, who clearly know they want to work with children with special needs, [and] who already know they want to be teachings coming [to CPP],” said Roby.
Four other faculty members including Roby participated in putting together the initial proposal: Principal Investigator Dr. Joanne Van Boxtel, Chair of Liberal Studies Dr. Christina Chavez-Reyes, Interim Dean Nancy Hurlbut, and Dr. Heather Wizikowski.
Other local CSUs to receive the grant are Fullerton, Los Angeles, Carson, and Long Beach (mynewsla.com).
Albert Muro / The Poly Post
Students pursuing teaching credentials can now do son in four years due to a $246,322 grant.
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