Thank you for considering the Lurie College of Education at San José State University as your teacher preparation program. As the oldest public teacher preparatory school in California, the SJSU Department of Elementary Education has a well-established reputation for being one of the finest available. We believe that teaching is a profession that involves "certain moral as well as technical expectations" and are thus prepared to support you in obtaining a preparation that will enable you to provide all your students with equitable access to pathways that lead to their academic success. Hence, we are committed to preparing the highest quality teachers and look forward to assisting you accomplish your goals.
Inside the Advisement Guide you will find information about the various programs pathways offered in the K-8 Teacher Education Program, including details about the application process and a list of the required courses and contact numbers. I encourage you to read the material carefully and begin your application process by attending a General Advisement Session.
Teaching continues to be a challenging, exciting, and rewarding profession for individuals who desire to influence the lives of children and young adolescents in our community. In our credential program, you will not only learn and apply best practices in teaching, but you will also develop a knowledge base for justifying those practices that will serve you well throughout your professional career. In the process, you will learn about yourself as a person, educator and contributor to changes in our world.
We welcome you to our credential preparation program and hope information contained in this guide will be helpful to you. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
F. D. Rivera
Chair, Elementary Education Department