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.
Now is the time to double down on the investments we’ve made since 2020 in shoring up our educator workforce and its pipeline.
Teacher residency programs, which offer a year of clinical practice in the classroom and small stipends, are losing enrollment to internships with salaries and benefits.
Substitute teachers became harder to find after the Covid-19 pandemic closed classrooms, but higher pay and fewer requirements are making the job more attractive.
Teacher librarians show students how to be discerning users and creators of information and equip them to investigate claims and use a variety of sources to draw their own conclusions.
If ever there was a time for innovation and out-of-the-box ideas, this is it.
Accreditation of California teacher preparation programs will hinge on whether they follow new literacy standards that focus more intensely on foundational reading skills.
The teacher shortage prompted California lawmakers to ease testing requirements, waive exam fees and begin new programs to recruit and retain teachers.
A course on plastic pollution was designed to both boost English learners' language skills and help teachers learn strategies to support these students.
Inclusivity and culturally relevant learning experiences should not be left to chance. The Commission on Teacher Credentialing should quickly approve the updated standards for the teaching profession.
After decades of underfunding its public schools, California's investments in equity and literacy are showing progress.
There are 40% more teachers in poor schools who lack the required qualifications than in the richest schools, an EdSource analysis found.
Database shows percentage of classes taught by teachers with the different qualifications.
School districts struggle to hire bilingual teachers in all languages, but the shortage is more severe for teachers fluent in Asian languages.
Funding to train teachers and build school districts' capacity to provide high-quality instruction in math and science is a priority in Gov. Gavin Newsom's budget, but not in the Legislature's. The governor is right.
For long-term and lasting solutions, we must attract more young people to enter the teaching profession and give them the training and support they need to succeed.