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Grants To Address Teacher Shortage

Published: February 6, 2017

The California State University Office of the Chancellor announced in December that 17 of the system’s 23 campuses have earned Integrated Program Grants from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to develop four-year teacher preparation programs. CSULB is a recipient of one of the grants designed to help ease the burgeoning K-12 teacher shortage with a special focus on expanding the number of teacher candidates earning STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and bilingual credentials—the two most critical areas of need for teachers in California. The CSU is the state’s largest producer of teacher candidates and leads the nation in preparing STEM teachers.

The $249,000 allocated to CSULB is to create the Bilingual Urban Education for All Students (BUENAS) program. The program will integrate Chicano and Latino Studies course content with undergraduate subject matter courses and credential course content to create a new, innovative program. BUENAS students will be Spanish speakers (heritage and second language learners) who want to earn bilingual authorizations and teach in bilingual classrooms. Graduates will earn a Bilingual Authorization in Spanish along with their Multiple Subject Credential and Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies in 135 units and four years. Through the BUENAS program, CSULB will develop and place highly qualified bilingual teachers, addressing upcoming teacher shortages in regular and bilingual classrooms.

The CSU secured the majority of the Integrated Program Grants with several campuses—including Fresno, Monterey Bay, San Diego and San Francisco—earning multiple grants. All told, CSU campuses garnered $5.19 million of the $8 million in grant funding awarded.

“As a statewide innovator in teacher preparation, the CSU is uniquely poised to offer these new four-year blended teacher training programs. California’s children and youth deserve highly qualified teachers committed to student success and the Integrated Program Grants will enable the university to nearly triple the number of new teachers graduating annually with STEM, special education and bilingual credentials,” explained Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, assistant vice chancellor of Teacher Education Program and Public School Programs, and former dean for the College of Education at CSULB.

“The new format not only increases the number of teacher candidates graduating annually but also provides monetary benefits to CSU students” added Grenot-Scheyer. “CSU teacher candidates will save, on average, about $20,000 by eliminating the cost of an additional year of tuition, college-related expenses and textbooks. In addition, to incentivize more students to enter the teaching profession, teacher candidates will also be eligible for $16,000 in state and federal grants. There’s never been a better time to enter the profession given these new flexible credentialing options and financial incentives.”

Currently, seven CSU campuses—Bakersfield, Chico, Fresno, Long Beach, Monterey Bay, Northridge and San Marcos—offer four-year teacher preparation programs. With the Integrated Program Grants, 16 additional campuses will establish four-year credentialing programs. Monterey Bay, which already offers a four-year credentialing program, will add bilingual and special education credentialing options. The new four-year programs will begin admitting students in fall 2018 for the 2018-19 academic year.

CSU campus grant recipients include:

  • Bakersfield $250,000
  • Channel Islands $248,515
  • Chico $199,108
  • Dominguez Hills $227,262
  • Fresno $498,266 (two grants)
  • Fullerton $240,648
  • Humboldt $195,103
  • LONG BEACH $249,999
  • Los Angeles $250,000
  • Monterey Bay $500,000 (two grants)
  • Pomona $246,322
  • Sacramento $248,806
  • San Diego $749,576 (three grants)
  • San Francisco $395,387 (two grants)
  • San Marcos $249,978
  • Sonoma $199,728
  • Stanislaus $240,127

TOTAL $5,188,825

The CSU’s teacher preparation program is the largest in the state and nation awarding 6,500 California Teaching Credentials annually. The university also leads the nation in graduating the largest number of STEM teachers. Through grants provided by the federal Teacher Quality Partnership, the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chevron Corporation, to name a few, the CSU provides rigorous coursework, professional growth opportunities and clinical experiences that equip K-12 teachers with the skills and knowledge to engage their students in meaningful college and career readiness coursework rooted in California’s high curriculum standards.