CSU Accepting Applications for CalStateTEACH

California State University's innovative CalStateTEACH, the alternative teacher education program for elementary school teachers seeking credentials, is continuing to accept applications for the fall term, which begins Sept. 24. Deadline for applications and all supporting documents is Sept. 4.

CalStateTEACH targets teachers who need to complete a Multiple Subject Credential with emphasis on Cross-Cultural, Language, and Academic Development (CLAD), and are unable to attend a CSU campus on a regular basis because of work schedules, family obligations or distance from a CSU campus. Using the latest technology, including the Internet, video, and print materials, CalStateTEACH delivers high quality education to teachers who live in remote areas miles away from a CSU campus. Applicants must be teachers in a multiple subject classroom in which the core curriculum (language arts, social studies, math, and science) is taught to all students. Typically, teachers in a K-6 setting meet this requirement. Middle school instructors, part-time teachers and long-term substitutes also may qualify, although short-term substitute, special education and computer education teachers are not eligible.

Beginning teachers work in small groups of 10-20 students, supported by a CSU faculty mentor whose sole responsibility is to serve each student teacher as an adviser and evaluator. The faculty mentor visits the classroom to observe teaching skills and offer feedback and support. A study guide presents activities that integrate course assignments with hands-on teaching. About 12 hours per week of study time outside the classroom is required. Throughout the 18-month program, five visits to a CSU site are required.

Approximately 38,000 teachers in California are not fully credentialed, but hold either a waiver or an emergency permit. The CSU educates about 60 percent of the state's teachers, and CalStateTEACH is one of the many initiatives the CSU has implemented in recent years to improve the quality and quantity of California's teachers. The program began in January 1999, and now has more than 200 graduates.

Cost for the four-stage program is $1,103 per stage and includes all instructional materials. Interested applicants can complete an online application at www.calstateteach.net or call toll-free 877-225-7828 for a paper application or more information.

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Last Updated: 9 August 2001

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