Posted: November 4, 1999
Teacher education has been a priority at California State University, Sacramento since its founding more than 50 years ago, when Baby Boomers were beginning to flood into public schools. Today, CSUS has one of the largest teacher education programs in the state. The University continues to play a prominent role as the state struggles with a severe teacher shortage.
In fall 1999 CSUS has 1,516 students studying to be teachers, up from 1,322 in fall 1998 and 1,177 in fall 1995. The number of students enrolled in child development and liberal studies - majors typically taken by those planning to earn a teaching credential - has grown from 1,377 to 1,691 since 1995. More than 500 students are enrolled in other College of Education programs, such as administration and counselor education.
During the 1998-99 school year, CSUS student-teachers worked in 166 schools in 23 school districts. More than 1,000 CSUS students earned teaching credentials, while in the CSU system about 14,000 students earned credentials.
In addition to an evening and weekend liberal studies program, which began in spring, CSUS now offers an evening and weekend teacher credential program.
The CSUS College of Education completed its second summer of year-round operation in 1999. More than 250 students took courses without having to pay the extra summer fees. This effort will place more teachers in California classrooms sooner.
Nearly 300 students are enrolled in alternative credentialling programs at CSUS, earning credentials more quickly or more conveniently than in traditional programs.
CSUS houses two major organizations committed to increasing the number and quality of teachers in California -- the CSU Institute for Education Reform and the California Center for Teaching Careers (CalTeach).
California's school-age population is expected to swell from 5.3 million to 6.3 million by 2005, even as class sizes are reduced. As many as 300,000 new teachers are needed.
The CSU system educates more than 60 percent of California's K-12 teachers.
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