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A Need to Grow our Own Teachers in Monterey County

According to the State of California Employment Development Department, elementary school teachers are among the top twenty-five “occupations with the most job openings” in California, with new job openings annually. Locally, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District reports 90-100 openings for classroom teachers annually! 

"There is a tremendous shortage of teachers in Monterey County. In order to meet the growing demand for qualified educators in our community, MPC has developed a 2+2 program in collaboration with CSUMB to grow our own teachers."

-- Kendra Cabrera
MPC Faculty Lead, Elementary Teacher Education Program

TPP-MPC-CSUMBDo You Dream of Becoming a Teacher?

The Associate of Arts for Transfer (AA-T) in Elementary Teacher Education program at MPC prepares you to become a classroom teacher. The program, created in partnership with California State University at Monterey Bay (CSUMB), provides a pathway from the MPC AA-T Elementary Education program to CSUMB for a Liberal Studies bachelor's degree with a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential along with a California Subject Examinations for Teachers® (CSET) waiver.

This is a cohort-based program. Students enrolling in the program will have the opportunity to take classes together and progress through the program together. It is enhanced with hand-on learning opportunities and additional resources to promote student success. In the program, students will have the option of selecting electives in one of three areas of specialization: Elementary Education, Bilingual Elementary Education, or Special Education.

MPC has developed 2 scheduling formats for interested students. 

Full-time Day Cohort on the Monterey Campus: The full-time day cohort will begin in Fall 2019. Classes are scheduled 4 days a week, between 8am and 1pm - so students have the flexibility to work in the afternoon or evening. (Click for a complete course sequence for the full-time day program in Monterey.)

Part-time Evening Cohort on the Marina Campus: The part-time evening cohort is designed for working professionals and will begin in Spring 2020. Classes are scheduled 3 evenings a week, between 5:30pm and 8:30pm. (Click for a complete course sequence for the part-time evening program in Marina.)


The MPC-CSUMB 2+2 or 2+2+1 program allows students to choose to complete a 5-year program in 4 or 5 years, graduating with an AA-T degree in Elementary Teacher Education from MPC, a BA degree in Liberal Studies and a preliminary multiple subject teaching credential with or without a bilingual authorization or a preliminary special education teaching credential. Currently CSUMB credential graduates have a 98% job placement!

Job Outlook:

Career possibilities you can pursue with a degree in education, including median annual wages in California, according to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics are:

  • Elementary School Teacher (except Special Education): $79,501/year
  • Secondary School Teachers (except Special Education) : $79, 106/year
  • Special Education Teachers (Kindergarten and Elementary): $77, 370/year
  • Teacher Assistant: $34,181/year
  • Substitute Teachers: $ 40,040/year