Three CSU Campuses Receive $5.1 Million to Recruit and Train Math, Science, and Special Education Teachers

(August 21, 2006) -- Three California State University colleges of education have been awarded $5.1 million by the U.S. Department of Education under the Transition to Teaching program. The grants will enable them to recruit and train new teachers in the critical shortage areas of mathematics, science, and special education.

The three California State campuses, CSU Dominguez Hills, Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Long Beach, submitted proposals that were ranked among the best in the nation by the U.S. Department of Education. The CSU campuses received 8.5 percent of the total federal support and 100 percent of the grant money awarded to California under the Transition to Teaching program.

“We congratulate the outstanding faculty and the campuses whose nationally recognized work led to the federal funding of their teacher preparation programs,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “California faces a severe shortage of math, science and special education teachers, and this funding will help the CSU meet its goal of doubling, by 2010, the number of teachers we prepare annually in these fields.”

CSU Dominguez Hills received $2 million to recruit and prepare 150 math and science teachers for 14 middle schools and 12 high schools in the Los Angeles Unified and Lynwood Unified School Districts. Participants will include community college students, mid-career professionals, para-professionals and recent college graduates. Qualified individuals will be able to earn a teaching credential in one year while working full time as a paid intern teacher. Community college students with backgrounds in math and science will be able to enter CSU Dominguez Hills as juniors in an accelerated pathway leading to a bachelor’s degree and teaching credential.

CSU Fullerton received a $1.77 million grant to train 125 math, science and special education teachers for the Santa Ana Unified School District. The project will recruit highly qualified paraprofessionals from this district, and prepare them to become fully credentialed teachers. The candidates will be able to become credentialed math or science teachers, or education specialists prepared to work with children having special needs.

CSU Long Beach was awarded a grant of $1.28 million to prepare 75 math and science teachers for the alternative education programs run by the Orange County Department of Education. These new math and science teachers will be recruited from mid-career professionals and recent college graduates having bilingual skills. The teachers will learn research-based strategies for addressing students having special needs.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 405,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 84,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu


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Last Updated: August 21, 2006

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