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Monterey Peninsula College develops new Elementary Teacher Education Program to "Grow Our Own Teachers" on the Monterey Peninsula

Post Date:04/28/2019 12:00 PM


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For Immediate Release: April 24, 2019

Contact: Kiran Kamath, Vice President of Academic Affairs & Accreditation Liaison Officer (831) 646-4034


MONTEREY, CA – Monterey Peninsula College has developed a new Integrated Elementary Teacher Education Program in record time, going from concept to state approval in less than 6 months. This career-focused program will prepare graduates for excellent career opportunities in our local schools.

The Monterey Peninsula, like many other regions in California and the country, is facing a serious shortage of qualified K-12 teachers. One school district, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (MPUSD), hires 90-100 teachers annually. Carmel Unified and Pacific Grove Unified School Districts have similar needs.

A communication dated February 8, 2019 from the system offices of the California Community Colleges and the California State Universities states that 80% of the districts in the country report a shortage of qualified teachers. “The California State University (CSU) system prepares the majority of teachers in California and the California Community Colleges are an important partner in this work. Across the CSU system, half of the undergraduate students are community college transfers; on several campuses this figure exceeds 60%. Community college transfers system-wide in teacher education programs have averaged 65% over the past decade.”

MPC, in collaboration with CSU Monterey Bay, has just completed the development of a Teacher Preparation Pathway. It is an Integrated Elementary Teacher Education program where students can complete a 5-year credentialing program in just 4 years, while obtaining the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) credential.

The new cohort-based program will begin in August 2019 at the Monterey campus of MPC. Students will take classes full-time as a cohort, during the day Monday to Thursday, so as to complete the two-year Associate of Arts for Transfer degree by summer 2021. They can then transfer seamlessly for the second half of the four-year program at CSU Monterey Bay graduating with a Bachelor’s degree with a CSET Teaching Credential.

A second cohort-based program for working adults will begin in January 2020 at the Marina campus of MPC. The classes will be offered during the evening Tuesday to Thursday, and students will complete the Associate of Arts for Transfer degree in three years. They will then transfer to California State University Monterey Bay to complete the Bachelor’s degree program with a CSET Teaching Credential.

This program was developed with the close collaboration of Monterey Peninsula College, CSU Monterey Bay, and the school districts. Information sessions to invite students to join the program began in April 2019.

Dr. Tribley, Superintendent/President of MPC states, “The MPC Elementary Education Program is a great opportunity for students who want to be professional educators. The program leverages MPC’s partnership with the College of Education at CSU Monterey Bay to use federal Title V funding to help fill the shortage of teachers in our district.”

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