As part of the partnership, SFUSD will hire qualified individuals holding bachelor’s degrees as intern teachers in district schools. In turn, Dominican will provide these intern teachers with the necessary training to receive their teaching credentials. Dominican instructors also will provide training and support to site supervisors who mentor interns working in the classroom.
“The upcoming shortage of math, science, and special education teachers in fall 2005 provides Dominican with a great opportunity to address this shortage,” says Rande Webster, director of special education programs at Dominican University of California.
The high demand for teachers to work in urban school districts prompted the State of California to authorize “alternative preparation programs” such as multiple and single subject, and special education internship programs. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) has urged teacher preparation programs and school districts to forge partnerships to ensure that this demand is met. The Dominican/SFUSD program is an alternative preparation program designed to add to the district’s pool of qualified teachers.
Dominican University of California has been training educators since 1924. At the undergraduate level, the University’s blended liberal studies/teacher education program is a multidisciplinary major that leads to both an undergraduate degree and a multiple subject teaching credential in four years.
At the graduate level, Dominican offers teaching credential and master’s degree programs. Three years ago Dominican launched its education specialist—mild/moderate credential program, which is designed for educators interested in teaching students with learning challenges, including autism. Seven special education teachers earned credentials in 2003 and 30 students will complete special education credentials this spring.