Progress Report: Three CSU Campuses Begin Doctorate of Education; Teacher Preparation Program Update; Math and Science Teachers Increase
(September 17, 2008) - Three additional California State University campuses launched new Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) programs in Educational Leadership this fall – CSU East Bay, CSU Northridge and CSU Stanislaus.
These campuses join seven other CSU campuses that began new Ed.D. programs in 2007: CSU Fresno, CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, CSU Sacramento, CSU San Bernardino, CSU San Diego and CSU San Francisco.
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Approximately 60 percent of the Ed.D. candidates enrolled in fall 2008 are in the P-12 specialization and 40 percent in the community college specialization. These candidates are diverse in terms of gender and ethnicity, with a majority from groups traditionally underrepresented in educational leadership.
A report on the progress of the Ed.D program implementation was presented to the CSU Board of Trustees at the Sep . 17, 2008 meeting.
“CSU’s Ed.D. programs are becoming known nationally as a model for the education doctorate,” Gary Reichard, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer told the Trustees. “Our programs are focused on preparing education professionals to lead public school and community college reforms needed in California.”
Four additional CSU campuses are planning programs for Fall 2009 – CSU Bakersfield, CSU Dominguez Hills, Cal State Los Angeles and San José State University.
Evaluation of Teacher Preparation Program
The CTQ results, for the first time, included information about the effects of SB 2042 (2004) on CSU Teacher Preparation. This omnibus legislation was co-sponsored by the CSU, and launched a major overhaul of teacher preparation in the state.
The percentage of favorable ratings for K-12 teachers rose across a wide spectrum, post-SB 2042. The most obvious improvement for CSU trained teachers was in the use of instructional technology, a high priority in the legislation.
The next step is to measure the effect of teacher preparation on student performance. The Carnegie Foundation and the CSU Chancellor’s Office have jointly funded an effort to determine the impact of teacher preparation on student learning, as measured by public school standardized testing.
CSU Increases Annual Production of Math and Science Teachers
The increase in math teachers also will make the CSU a strong contributor in the preparation of the state’s algebra teaching force. More teachers will be required as a result of the recent decision by the California State Board of Education to require all 8th grade students to take and be tested in Algebra I by 2011. CSU is considering additional initiatives to help public schools address this challenge.
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Last Update: September 17, 2008