Prospective teachers who have passed the basic skills test (CBEST) and subject matter test (CSET) can qualify for a preliminary teaching credential by taking a year’s worth of courses and passing a performance assessment at one of 261 accredited teacher preparation programs. They then have five years to obtain a full or “clear” credential.
The new California budget makes it easier for teacher candidates affected by coronavirus-related closures to complete credentials.
Newsom issued an executive order suspending state-required tests for teacher candidates on track to complete their teacher preparation programs.
The proposed cuts — $915 million — are more than the amount spent for teacher development in the five previous years combined.
The authors of the bills say the legislation is needed to help teacher candidates complete their credentials during the coronavirus pandemic.
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing will vote on staff recommendations that would allow teacher candidates to become classroom teachers even though they have been unable to complete all credentialing requirements.
The county office of education is coordinating a multi-district use of a common distance learning platform and providing internet access.
The RICA is outdated and discourages talented teachers, says long-time educator.
Los Angeles Unified is encouraging STEM schools to get a certificate indicating that the school meets high standards set by the district.
The governor proposes $1.5 billion over 5 years on incentives for new teachers and grants managed by a small agency to fix highest poverty schools.
Budget proposes incentives, recruitment programs and training to fill needed teaching positions.
Debate rages on about how to measure a teacher candidate’s ability to teach reading.
Newsom in his second budget proposes to spend $900 million for teacher recruitment and preparation
The number of new special education teachers working without a full credential hit 5,196 in 2017-18 — the highest number in a decade.
More than 2,000 bus drivers, clerks, custodians and teacher aides are earning bachelor’s degrees and teaching credentials.
The early childhood workforce is one area where some experts believe Newsom and the Legislature have fallen short.