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Cal State Dominguez Hills College of Education
CARSON, Calif. – California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) is answering the acute shortage of highly qualified mathematics, science and special education teachers with an innovative and collaborative program to attract professionals from the immigrant community who have interest in a teaching career.
WHO: Dr. Joseph
Braun, Assoc. Dean, College of Education (COE), CSUDH
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2/2 – CSUDH Targets Immigrant Professionals for Teaching Careers
Growing out a four-year, U.S. Department of Education (DOE) $800,000 Transition to Teaching program grant to the Urban Education Partnerships, a non-profit educational support organization, and CSUDH, the Transition to Teaching for Immigrant Professionals (TTIPP) is also funded in part by a $400,000 grant to CSUDH from the DOE’s Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE).
Thirdly, on Sept. 9, CSUDH’s College of Education received a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the Transition to Teaching program to bolster the numbers of highly qualified math and science teachers, and special education teachers in high-need L.A. Unified School District schools. “This grant will further enhance the capacity of TTIPP to do its job,” said Assoc. Dean Braun.
“CSUDH is delighted to be working with TTIPP community partners, who promise to contribute significantly to our goals,” said Braun. They include the L.A. Unified School District, L.A. Harbor College, the International Education Research Foundation, the Consortium of Physicians from Latin America, the Korean American Education Foundation, the Filipino American Service Group, Inc., and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
The TTIPP program seeks to create an alterative recruitment and teacher-training model to assess, advise, prepare, credential and support this skilled pool of prospective immigrant teachers, estimated at more than two million people nationally.
CSUDH will be building a collaborative network of school districts and community organizations to reach and serve the immigrant populations. By the end of the three-year grant people, 45 teachers will be serving in the Los Angeles Unified School District and 75 will be enrolled in coursework.
A cohort of immigrant professionals will be enrolled in the Prospective Teacher Registry, a critical component of the project. The registry is a multiple-access database that collects relevant information on all candidates, thereby helping CSUDH staff, school districts and community organizations to better guide participants through the steps toward completing requirements necessary for enrollment in a university program leading to becoming a credentialed teacher in mathematics, science or special education.
The FIPSE funding is to be focused in the following three areas:
? Creation of a recruitment pipeline to increase access to higher education
leading to a credential in mathematics and science;
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Last updated Friday, October 5, 2004, 9:18 a.m., by Joanie Harmon