The Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) combines the study of academic subjects aligned to California standards for the K-8 curriculum with professional preparation courses and field experiences leading to a Multiple Subject Credential.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive both a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential. Within the Integrated Teacher Education Program there are 105 units of required baccalaureate-level coursework and 31 units of credential-specific coursework.
Students in the ITEP program who do not advance to the Credential portion of the program will be eligible to change majors into the Track I program and receive a B.A. in Liberal Studies and may apply for admission to the post-baccalaureate Multiple Subject Credential Program.
There are multiple pathways to the teaching profession. ITEP is designed for students who begin their undergraduate education at CSULB or who transfer into the University in pursuit of both a baccalaureate degree as well as a Multiple Subject teaching credential. Prospective credential candidates who already hold a bachelor’s degree, or who need information about other pathways and options in teacher credentialing, should refer to the sections of this catalog which describe programs in Teacher Education, Single Subject Teacher Education, and Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling. Further information about teacher preparation programs can also be obtained from the College of Education at (562) 985-9259 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.ced.csulb.edu.
As with other Liberal Studies majors, students in the Integrated Teacher Education Program have unique General Education requirements. ITEP is not only an approved major, but an approved alternate general education program. ITEP students receive their General Education advisement within the Liberal Studies office. In completing ITEP, students concurrently satisfy their general education requirements. Students changing their major from ITEP to a major other than Liberal Studies, however, will be subject to the standard University General Education requirements and will want to consult the University Center for Undergraduate Advising for G.E. advising.
The ITEP curriculum has two interrelated components. Students complete required coursework in the ITEP Core and they complete coursework in the methodology of teaching, including student teaching. Admission to this final, credential portion of the program requires that students apply and be accepted into the Multiple Subject Credential Program at CSULB. In addition, a minimum of 125 hours of service learning, coordinated by the SERVE Program in the College of Education, must be completed prior to graduation. All courses in the ITEP core must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
To be eligible for admission to the major in Liberal Studies, applicants must demonstrate the following prior to the semester for which the application is submitted: Applicants must have met requirements for admission to the university as a freshman or transfer student and have completed the following courses (or equivalents) with a grade of “C” or better: General Education Written Communication and General Education Oral Communication. Eligible applicants will be selected for admission on a space-available basis based on cumulative grade point average.
Prior to enrollment in EDEL 300, ITEP students must be formally admitted into the Multiple Subject Credential Program (MSCP). Students should apply to the MSCP during the semester prior to enrolling in EDEL 300. Admission to the MSCP requires that the candidate: 1) purchase the MSCP for ITEP Handbook; 2) complete EDEL 200 with a grade of B or better; 3) attempt the California Basic Educational Skills (CBEST) examination; 4) attain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.67 or 2.75 in the last 60 units of study; 5) submit a portfolio which includes a SERVE evaluation as well as a typed personal statement describing why you have chosen teaching as a career, what you hope to accomplish as a teacher, and how you view the role of the teacher; 6) attend an interview panel; 7) submit a negative tuberculosis skin test or chest X-ray taken within the last three years. Note: The California Subject Examinations for Teachers: Multiple Subjects (CSET) must be passed to advance to student teaching. All ITEP credential courses must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and no individual grade lower than "C."
A minimum of 105 units distributed in Areas I, II, III, IV, V, VI and VII. No Core classes may be taken Credit/No Credit.
Area I: Language Studies (minimum 22 units)
Area II: Mathematics (minimum 12 units)
Area III: Natural Science (minimum 14 units)
Area IV: History/Social Science (minimum 19 units)
Area V: Arts and Humanities (minimum 15 units)
Area VI: Critical Issues in Teaching and Learning (minimum 16 units)
Area VII: Introduction to Elementary Education (minimum 7 units)
As the final phase of the credential program, student teaching is a half-day for four days and a full day for one day per week for two semesters. All student teachers have one placement in a K-2 classroom and one in a 3-6 classroom.
A separate application is required to advance to student teaching. Applications for student teaching must be submitted in person to the Teacher Preparation Advising Center one semester prior to the first assignment. Application packets are distributed at the Student Teaching Application meetings, which are held during the first two weeks of each semester. Dates, times, and locations are announced in methods courses, are posted throughout the ED1 and ED2 buildings and appear on the Department of Teacher Education Website well in advance of actual meeting dates. Deadlines for submitting applications to student teach are:
March 1 - to begin student teaching in the Fall semester
October 1 - to begin student teaching in the Spring semester.
Students should note that these deadlines are firm. Late applications are not accepted.
Students must meet the following requirements to advance to student teaching:
The Bilingual Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development (BCLAD) Emphasis authorizes teachers to work in dual language classrooms or where a language other than English is required for instruction, support, and communication with parents and other professional communication. The BCLAD Asian Language Emphasis is part of a six campus CSU consortium offering BCLAD preparation and certification in Cambodian (Khmer), Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese), Korean, or Vietnamese. Courses are taken at CSULB and at other area CSU campuses.
Students seeking dual language certification in Asian Languages must complete the ITEP program requirements. They also must fulfill the following additional requirements in one of the Asian language emphases (Mandarin or Cantonese, Khmer, Korean, Vietnamese):
1. Culture of Emphasis (one of the following, 3 units):
2. Bilingual Pedagogy in the Language of Emphasis (one of the following, 3 units):
3. Passage of BCLAD subtest #6 in Cantonese, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin or Vietnamese language (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).
4. Student teaching in Bilingual Classrooms EDEL 482E (8 units). This requirement may be used as a substitute for one semester of 482D.
The Bilingual Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development (BCLAD) Emphasis authorizes teachers to work in dual language classrooms or where a language other than English is required for instruction, support, and communication with parents and other professional communication. The BCLAD Spanish Emphasis is offered on campus or through the BCLAD in Mexico program.
Students seeking dual language certification must complete the ITEP program requirements. They also must fulfill the following additional requirements for Spanish/English BCLAD:
The Education Specialist ITEP Pathway allows students to work toward a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential while completing their MSCP ITEP requirements. Students should formally apply to the Education Specialist Credential program at the same time they apply to the MSCP as described earlier. Education Specialist ITEP students must complete all ITEP program requirements taking EDSP 454 in Area I, Group 6 and EDP 301 in Area VI, Group 4. Education Specialist ITEP students must complete all MSCP ITEP credential coursework and requirements as well with the following exception: Students will complete only one semester of student teaching in a general education classroom instead of two.
Education Specialist ITEP students will then complete all Education Specialist Preliminary credential coursework and Field Study as listed below: