Experiences Are Provided to Undergraduate and Graduate Teacher Preparation
Students Through These Special Fullerton College Programs
You Aware of the Severe Shortage of Teachers in the U.S. and State of
million K-12 teachers will be needed for classrooms across the country over
the next 10 years.
will be needed in CA; 30,000 will be needed in Orange County alone by 2005,
due to increased enrollments and class size reductions.
recent L.A. Times survey revealed
that one in five teachers currently employed in CA schools have yet to
complete their teaching credential and are being hired on an emergency
number of students currently enrolled in university teacher preparation
programs isn’t sufficient to meet the demand; California’s universities
are currently only producing approximately 18,000 credential teachers per
year. Students of color (ethnic minority)
still account for approximately only 15% of the student population,
while only 13% of the teachers are ethnically diverse.
Can Community Colleges Help Address the Problem?
colleges are the “missing link” in the recruitment and preparation of
For the 40 to 49% of the future teachers who choose to attend
community colleges, available opportunities related to the teaching
profession are minimal or non-existent (League for Innovation, 2002).
enhanced linkages and partnership with four-year universities that provide
increased opportunity for teacher preparation, including: early
identification, student tracking, dual admissions, blended programs,
enhanced agreements, and articulate curriculum.
is FC Doing to Address the Problem?
College is committed to teacher preparation training through the
Intern-Mentor Program and Teacher Intern Program (TIP), specialized
counseling, and working with area universities regarding dual admission,
blended programs and articulated curriculum.
funds have been requested through the U.S. Dept. of Education Title V to
establish a collaborative teacher preparation program with Santa Ana College
and CSU Fullerton.
Lowe and Diana Kyle, Coordinators
DUE TO RECENT BUDGET CUTS
PROGRAM IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Teaching Program is designed to enrich the learning experience and
promote educational success of Fullerton College students. At the
same time, this innovative program provides graduate students an
opportunity to actively participate in the community college experience
as "co-teachers and learners" working under
the guidance of a Fullerton College master instructor.
organize bi-weekly strategy sessions with students outside of class
time. These sessions focus on the learning styles, student’s success
strategies, and needs of beginning
college students. Interns gain support from peers and experienced
educators regarding effective teaching styles and motivational methods.
Fourteen (14) interns and faculty participated in the program Spring
Teacher-Intern Program is a special "pre-teaching" course, Social
Science 115, available to Fullerton College students considering a career in elementary, high school,
and/or secondary education. This Interdisciplinary Teaching
Internship offers three units of credit and is team-taught by both an
elementary and secondary teacher. Students attend a three-hour
seminar each week and spend four hours per week in a classroom.
Stipends are paid to students who successfully complete the
course. Twenty-two (22) students participated in the program
during the Spring 2002 semester.
course provides Fullerton College students the unique opportunity of
becoming part of a teacher preparation cohort and establishing early
career/academic goals to successfully complete their degree and