The California State University, which continues to produce the majority of new teachers for the state, has increased by a quarter the number of new credential candidates during 2001-02 to 12,700, an extraordinary 45 percent increase since 1998-99.
The CSU is also recruiting new and more diverse students to the field of teaching through outreach programs reaching more than 27,000 high school, community college, and university students last year, a 70 percent increase over the previous year.
Further, the CSU has become by far the breakaway leader in alternative routes to certification. Its internship programs, which combine teacher preparation coursework concurrent with full-time school district teaching jobs, provide three-fourths of the state's internship teaching credentials.
Details about these and other milestones in teacher education as well as a panoramic view of the current progress of teacher education at CSU campuses can be found in the recently published, fact-packed report, Teacher Education 2003: The Annual Report on Teacher Education in the California State University.
“CSU continues to provide California schools with well-prepared, excellent teachers in a time of increased accountability and challenging budgets. We are proud of the many campus and systemwide initiatives in teacher preparation detailed in this report,” says Beverly L. Young, CSU assistant vice chancellor, Academic Affairs.
- The annual evaluation survey of CSU teacher preparation programs, which queries California K-12 principals, continues to show that the vast majority of CSU graduates have a solid grasp of subject matter in their field, and that preparation has continued to improve in mathematics and in reading-language arts teaching over the last three years.
- According to an evaluation conducted by the federal National Center for Education Statistics, CSU students are more prepared to know and understand diverse student population than other teacher candidates nationally.
- A study to determine whether teacher candidates actually went into teaching following their graduation found that of those who finished CSU teaching programs from 1999-2000 some 96 percent taught for at least one full school year. Large percentages of these graduates taught in urban and inner-city schools (30 percent), in rural or small town schools (24 percent), or in metropolitan schools with mixed income populations (24 percent), with only the smallest group (22 percent) teaching in suburban schools serving upper and middle-income populations.
The Teacher Education Reports, including the most recent, can be found at www.calstate.edu/TeacherEd/annual_report/index.shtml.