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.
A growing teacher shortage could make it difficult to reopen school campuses, which are required to have smaller class sizes.
A waiver that allows teacher candidates to teach while completing required exams and courses is the latest action to ease teaching requirements.
If legislators agree with the proposal, teacher candidates will no longer have to take two of the tests currently required to earn a credential.
Taking a year off of work is a barrier for potential teachers, especially teachers of color, wanting to enter the teaching profession.
She coordinated teacher preparation programs at the California State University’s nearly two dozen programs.
Three bills that would have allowed California teachers to take fewer tests to prove they are ready to teach died Monday.
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The RICA is outdated and discourages talented teachers, says long-time educator.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.