Dominican receives $250,000 grant to streamline teacher preparation

Dominican University of California has received a $250,000 grant from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to develop a program that will reduce the amount of time it takes to prepare students for careers as teachers.

The new program is being designed to enable students to earn a Bachelor’s degree and two teaching credentials -- a Multiple Subject Credential and an Education Specialist Credential -- in 4.5 years, rather than the typical 5.5 years. Students also will have the opportunity to earn a Master’s Degree in teaching leadership with one additional semester of coursework.

Pending approval from the CTC, the program is set to begin in fall 2018. The move comes as California faces not only a shortage of teachers, but also a shortage of teachers prepared to teach and reach students with special needs.

The CTC grant will support work by Dominican’s faculty over the next 16 months to collaboratively adapt and revitalize the existing Blended Liberal Studies/Dual Credential (Multiple Subject & Education Specialist) 5.5-year program to a 4.5-year integrated and blended program in Dominican's School of Education and Counseling Psychology.

“This adapted integrated program of professional preparation will enable our students to engage in professional preparation for two teaching credentials concurrently with subject matter preparation beginning in their freshman year, while earning a BA in Liberal Studies,” says Rosemarie Michaels, chair of Dominican’s Liberal Studies Teacher Preparation programs.

“In addition, many of our elementary subject matter courses will be blended – allowing candidates to learn the subject matter content along with the pedagogy for teaching that content.”

The program will include integrative seminar courses, blended courses, general education courses, and professional preparation courses, including a concentration in literature and literacy. Components will include a strong general education core, rigorous subject matter requirements, alignment with the most recent state-adopted academic content standards, and the subjects in the elementary curriculum.

Students will be engaged in fieldwork in elementary schools beginning with their freshmen year and each semester will gradually increase in intensity as they progress through the program.  Students will complete a 15-week student teaching experience during the senior year at a public elementary school where they will teach in both general education classrooms and in special education settings.


May 9, 2017