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March 9, 2001
Contact: Tim Woodhull



California State University, Dominguez Hills, wins national education award for promoting diversity in teacher education

California State University, Dominguez Hills, has won a national award recognizing its work in promoting diversity in teacher education in various programs across Southern California.

It is the second consecutive year that CSU Dominguez Hills has won an award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). Last year, the university was honored for a new teacher preparation program based on a high degree of collaboration between different academic departments designed to speed the time it takes to prepare a teacher by allowing them to enroll simultaneously in two different disciplines.

This time, the association praised the university’s efforts to promote diversity within teacher education. Already named the most diverse public university in the western United States for the third consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report, CSU Dominguez Hills has not let that distinction obscure its mission of using its diversity to enhance its education offerings.

And, the AACTE said, that is what helped garner the diversity award.

In particular, the association noted the university’s Manual Arts Professional Development School, under the direction of Billie Blair, dean of the CSUDH School of Education, which offers beginning, non-credentialed teachers the opportunity to earn a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential in one year. Designed for the elementary level, the courses are offered two nights a week, with additional time for focused inquiry and reflection on the part of the students.

In addition, the association noted the university’s continuing partnerships with the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Los Angeles Educational Project, and the Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project/Design for Excellence: Linking Teaching and Achievement.  

“We are extremely pleased and highly honored that our university, under the leadership of Billie Blair, has won this award. We embrace our diversity at Dominguez Hills, but ‘diversity’ is important only if we learn from it. I think this award is recognition that we embrace diversity as an important teaching and learning tool.”

Said Blair: “‘Diversity’ is an important part, a crucial part, of our teaching program because it is helping us prepare teachers that make a difference not only in the lives of the students they teach, but in those communities from which those students come.”

The AACTE is a national, voluntary association of colleges and universities with undergraduates or graduate programs to prepare professional educators. The association’s

750 member-institutions graduate approximately 90 percent of the nation’s new teachers and other educators each year.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting Tim Woodhull, director, Media Relations, at (310) 243-3367.