California needs teachers! Currently ranked last among states in student-teacher ratios, California will see one-third of its teachers retire in the next 10 years. This means more than 200,000 teachers will need to be hired during that time.
In addition, the number of students enrolled in teacher-preparation programs is in decline. Not enough new teachers complete credential programs to cover the need for a credentialed teacher in every classroom. School districts are actively recruiting new teachers year-round to keep up with demand. Teachers have many employment opportunities available, allowing not only secure employment, but also choice of location.
Fresno State is a leader in developing ways to ensure undergraduate programs are relevant for students entering teaching careers. Beginning in the fall, students will have the opportunity to join Fresno State’s new Strategic Teacher Education Partnership (STEP), a program funded by the California State Universities chancellor’s office. This initiative will enable students to get experience teaching while in undergraduate programs, help more students graduate in four years and provide more support for students to meet teacher-certification requirements.
•Fresno State’s DISCOVERe Tablet Initiative
School districts are moving toward integrating technology-based tools into classrooms. Effective use involves learning strategies and approaches to make the most of these tools. At Fresno State, the DISCOVERe Tablet Initiative is integrating mobile devices into courses across disciplines.
Credential-program faculty are integrating mobile technologies into courses for teacher candidates so teachers will not only have critical digital competencies but also the knowledge and experience to integrate technology-based tools into their classrooms.
•New standards and frameworks
California Frameworks and Common Core standards are creating opportunities for more innovative and exciting teaching and a less prescriptive approach. We are in the midst of a major shift in education, from a focus on skills and rote learning (memorization) to development of critical thinking, problem solving and inquiry across content areas.
In this model, teaching and learning occur within engaging, project-based curricula that are deeper and more meaningful to students as well as teachers. When it comes down to it, teaching is fun again!
•Teaching in diverse contexts is rewarding
California serves a richly diverse student population, and schools are looking to recruit teachers who are ready to serve our learners. Now more than ever, schools are looking for teachers who see the diversity of our region as an asset and strength, are bilingual and believe in ensuring equity for all. Fresno State is committed to supporting diverse teacher candidates as they learn to meet the needs of all learners in our region.
•Fresno State’s district partnerships
At Fresno State, we place great importance on collaborating with partner districts to provide fieldwork experiences. Many credential courses are taught at partner schools, with integration of fieldwork and coursework. Faculty members often team with teachers from partner schools, strengthening course content, demonstrating real-life application of strategies and providing multiple perspectives.
Fresno State works with partner districts to develop programs like the Fresno Unified Teacher Residency Program, which allows candidates to simultaneously earn a credential and master’s degree, while working closely with district mentors. Working in partner schools provides new teachers opportunities to develop skills with mentoring and helps them make decisions about employment opportunities after program completion.
•Renewed focus on early childhood education
With the recent implementation of transitional kindergarten (TK), there is renewed focus throughout California on the importance of early childhood education. State legislation calls for TK teachers to pursue early childhood coursework. Fresno State has a credential program with a specific early childhood focus for grades TK-3, making Fresno State’s program the only nationally accredited, early childhood-focused, multiple-subject credential program in the state. Graduates have extensive knowledge about children in grades TK-3, are fully prepared to teach any elementary grade and have expertise in implementing developmentally appropriate practices.
•Fresno State’s award-winning programs
Fresno State is nationally recognized for teacher education. The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Fresno State was awarded the prestigious Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
A credential from Fresno State will ensure that students are prepared to become world-class educators.
Teaching salaries in Fresno County are on par with larger districts across the state, even with a lower cost of living. Graduates from Fresno State’s credential program start in Fresno Unified at $43,206 and increase to over $50,000 in four years. With a master’s degree and six years of teaching, salaries are more than $60,000.
Teachers have excellent benefits, reasonable work days and summers to rejuvenate.
•One of Fresno State’s programs is right for you
Fresno State has many teacher-credential programs, and one of them is right for you. We are accepting applications for teacher-credential programs until July 1 for students who already have bachelor’s degrees.
Now that you know it’s a perfect time to become a teacher, contact Fresno State for more information: goo.gl/forms/DkCV6KhqW6.