Whitenack, David A.
Associate Professor, Elementary Education
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Congratulations for considering the College of Education at San Jose State University
for your teacher preparation program. As the oldest public teacher preparatory school in California, the SJSU Credential Program has a well-established reputation for being one of the finest available.
We are committed to preparing the highest quality teachers and look forward to assisting you toward that end.
Inside the Advisement Guide you will find information about the various programs and emphases 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 then put feet to your intention by completing the application process.
Few professions offer such profound intellectual and emotional rewards as does teaching. Distilled down to its essential attribute, teaching is a "calling." Therefore, as you consider a career in teaching, make sure this is where your passion lies. Only then will you optimally serve your students and honor your profession. Passion coupled with commitment, caring, and scholarship will transcend whatever challenges you encounter. You have in your hands the power and responsibility to enrich the lives of others in countless ways. Give it your best, every day. [Carolyn Nelson's letter from Dept. of Elem. Ed. website]