P.A.C.T. - FUTURE TEACHER PATHWAYS

I want to be an Early Childhood teacher

Saddleback College has an excellent Child Development Program that offers options for professional certification and transfer to four-year institutions such as Cal State Fullerton. The major offers preparation for careers in the field of early child education such as state funded children’s programs, private and public preschools, family child care and public school programs, and provides a valuable foundation for students considering elementary school teaching.

For other questions, please contact:
Barbara Tamialis- btamialis@saddleback.edu
June Millovich- jmillovich@saddleback.edu
Christina Smith- csmith78@saddleback.edu

or the TPP Counselors
Carol Lerman - clerman@saddleback.edu or
Jennifer Golden- jgolden@saddleback.edu

Current website for Child Development  www.saddleback.edu/sbs/cd

I want to be an elementary school teacher/ K-6 grade

In order to become an elementary school teacher in California, you will need to earn a Multiple Subjects credential.

  • You may begin this path by completing your General Education and major preparation (usually in Liberal Studies or Child and Adolescent Development) at Saddleback College
  • Pass a basic skills test called the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST)
  • Transfer to a four year university to complete a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Pass an additional test entitled the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET)
  • Complete the credential program, which includes student teaching, at a four year university

Each credentialing program has different requirements, yet it is common for them to request for you to have over a 2.75 GPA in your last 60 units, at least two fieldwork experiences with the age-group that you plan to teach, and letters of recommendation.

For other questions, please contact the TPP Counselors:

Carol Lerman - clerman@saddleback.edu or
Jennifer Golden- jgolden@saddleback.edu

I want to be a middle school teacher/ 6-8 grade

Becoming a middle school teacher in California is very similar to becoming a high school teacher. You will need to earn a Single Subject Credential.

  • You may begin this path by completing your General Education and major preparation (usually in the area that you want to teach – Math, English, etc.) at Saddleback College
  • Pass a basic skills test called the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST)
  • Transfer to a four year university to complete a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Pass an additional test entitled the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET)
  • Complete the credential program, which includes student teaching, at a four year university

Each credentialing program has different requirements, yet it is common for them to request for you to have over a 2.75 GPA in your last 60 units, at least two fieldwork experiences with the age-group that you plan to teach, and letters of recommendation.

For other questions, please contact the TPP Counselors:

Carol Lerman - clerman@saddleback.edu or
Jennifer Golden- jgolden@saddleback.edu

I want to be a high school teacher/ 9-12 grade

To become a high school teacher in California, you will need to earn a Single Subject Credential.

  • You may begin this path by completing your General Education and major preparation (usually in the area that you want to teach – Math, English, etc.) at Saddleback College
  • Pass a basic skills test called the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST)
  • Transfer to a four year university to complete a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Pass an additional test entitled the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET)
  • Complete the credential program, which includes student teaching, at a four year university

Each credentialing program has different requirements, yet it is common for them to request for you to have over a 2.75 GPA in your last 60 units, at least two fieldwork experiences with the age-group that you plan to teach, and letters of recommendation.

For other questions, please contact the TPP Counselors:

Carol Lerman - clerman@saddleback.edu or
Jennifer Golden- jgolden@saddleback.edu

I want to be an Educational Specialist (Special Education Teacher)

An educational specialist works with students who have special needs. The individual holding this credential may work with pre-school, elementary, middle school, or high school students. Regardless of which age group and area you choose to work, special education services are designed to meet the educational, social, emotional, and vocational needs of young children and students with specially designed instruction that often incorporates related disabilities. The credentialing institution that you attend will ask you to select a specific program from the following Areas of Specialization:

Mild/Moderate Disabilities (M/M)

Includes specific learning disabilities; mild to moderate mental retardation; attention deficit and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders; serious emotional disturbance; and authorizes service in grades K–12 and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22.

Moderate/Severe Disabilities (M/S)

Includes autism; deaf-blindness; moderate to severe mental retardation; multiple disabilities; serious emotional disturbance; and authorizes service in grades K–12 and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH)

Includes deafness; hearing impairment; deaf-blindness; and authorizes service to individuals ages birth through 22.

Visual Impairments (VI)

Includes blindness; visual impairment; deaf-blindness; and authorizes service to individuals ages birth through 22.

Physical and Health Impairments (PHI)

Includes orthopedic impairment; other health impairment; multiple disabilities; traumatic brain injury; and authorizes service to individuals ages birth through 22.

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

Includes the mild/moderate and moderate/severe disabilities listed above, and authorizes service to children ages birth to pre-kindergarten only.

For more information visit: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl808c.pdf.

For other questions, please contact the TPP Counselors:

Carol Lerman - clerman@saddleback.edu or
Jennifer Golden- jgolden@saddleback.edu

I want to be a California community college instructor

The minimum qualification to teach most subjects at the California Community College level is a graduate degree in one’s discipline. Some career technical areas allow for work experience to supplement the void of a graduate or undergraduate degree but this is rare. In preparing for this career, one should complete a bachelor’s degree and move on to a master’s or doctoral program in the area in which one aims to teach. All of the PACT Partners offer graduate programs in areas in which the California Community College system offers instruction. Job openings across the state can be found at the California Community College Job Registry.

For other questions, please contact the TPP Counselors:

Carol Lerman - clerman@saddleback.edu or
Jennifer Golden- jgolden@saddleback.edu

I want to be a university professor

Most universities are similar to California Community Colleges in that they require a graduate degree to instruct on campus. The minimum qualification to teach at the California Community College level is a graduate degree in one’s discipline.  Many institutions expect a doctoral degree for full professorships. In preparing for this career one should complete a bachelor’s degree and move on to a master’s or doctoral program in the area in which one aims to teach. All of the PACT Partners offer graduate programs in areas that the California Community College system offers instruction. Job openings across the state can be found at the California Community College Job Registry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be great job growth in the field of postsecondary education in the next decade.
For other questions, please contact the TPP Counselors:

Carol Lerman - clerman@saddleback.edu or
Jennifer Golden- jgolden@saddleback.edu

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