The College of Education at CSULB has been awarded a five-year $1.28 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education for a program that will enable it to prepare 75 math and science teachers for the alternative education programs run by the Orange County Department of Education.
These new math and science teachers will be recruited from mid-career professionals and recent college graduates having bilingual skills. The teachers will learn research-based strategies for addressing students having special needs.
In all, three CSU campuses – CSULB, CSU Dominguez Hills and Cal State Fullerton – received a total of $5.1 million from the Department of Education to recruit and train new teachers in the critical shortage areas of mathematics, science and special education.
The grants were awarded under the Department of Education’s Transition to Teaching Program, which supports the recruitment and retention of highly qualified mid-career professionals, including qualified paraprofessionals, and recent college graduates who have not majored in education to teach in high-need schools and districts through the development of new or enhanced alternative routes to certification.
The program provides five-year grants to implement comprehensive approaches to train, place, and support teacher candidates whom they have recruited into their programs and who must meet relevant state certification or licensing requirements. Grantees then ensure that program participants are placed to teach in high-need schools and districts and support candidates to serve in these placements for at least three years.
Nationwide, the Department of Education awarded a total of 31 grants worth $11.8 million through its Transition to Teaching Program.