The Department of Education recently wrapped up its new Summer Start program offering teacher education courses remotely. The Summer Start program allows students to save time and money by earning their teaching credential in one year, which normally takes between 1.5 to 2 years if not starting in the summer.
“I am proud to see Cal Poly Pomona become a leader in making it easier and more cost-effective to become a teacher,” said Dean Jeff Passe, College of Education and Integrative Studies. “Summer Start required a lot of effort across the university to make this happen. It was worth it!”
Summer Start was developed in response to student feedback expressing a desire for an accelerated program.
“I would absolutely recommend Summer Start to credential students,” said Sandy Dye, a credential student in the Agriculture Specialist Credential Program. “It really gives students the opportunity to finish their credentials sooner and reduce the number of classes they need to take during the regular semester.”
The program offers four classes for five weeks. Some of the courses taught include foundational courses on teaching and learning and education in a diverse society.
“Though it can be a challenge for students to process so many ideas and practices in a compressed period of time, this is such an attractive option,” said Associate Professor Dave Neumann, coordinator of the Single Subject Credential Program. “They can complete the entire program in one calendar year. They’ll finish clinical practice in the spring and enter the job market at the end of the K-12 school year, right at the time when most districts are hiring. Given its appeal, I expect the Summer Start option to grow next year and the year after that.”
Although classes were held remotely due to COVID-19, Dye said she’s grateful for the opportunity to take summer courses because it allowed her to simultaneously work on her master’s degree and teaching credential.
“Taking summer credential courses was a great experience for me,” said Dye. “The instructors worked so hard to streamline the digital environment with the current limitations. They also worked hard to get to know their students and provide us with amazing support. I learned more about distance education, how to use digital tools to give more effective presentations, and how to increase class engagement in a digital setting.”
Summer Start is offered every year beginning in May. For more information about the program, including admission requirements and deadlines, contact Jeanne Reynaga or Renee Samaan. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.