Science Teacher Preparation and Development in the Heart of Silicon Valley
The Science Education Program at San José State University is well positioned to meet the increasing demand for well-qualified and prepared science teachers in our community. Our program focuses on three aspects of science teacher education: recruitment and undergraduate experiences, pre-service training and preparation at the credential level, and professional development for in-service science educators. Our network of partners within SJSU and with school districts in the greater San José area ensures that our students receive essential hands-on training to fully prepare themselves for careers as science educators.
Congratulations! to: Dr. Tammie Visintainer whose publication "I think at first glance people would not expect me to be interested in science: Exploring the racialized science experiences of high school students of color" was chosen for a Research Worth Reading award by the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST).
Congratulations! to: Professor Ellen Metzger who has been invited to work on an initiative of the CSU Chancellor's Office - Academic and Student Affairs. Dr. Metzger will be assisting with the development of a report on the effects of the current Covid-19 pandemic to environmental literacy and sustainability efforts across the state of California.
Congratulations! to: PI Cassandra Paul and Co PIs Tammie Visintainer, Resa Kelly, Katherine Wilkinson, and Marcos Pizarro who were just awarded an NSF DUE AWARD #1953760 in the amount of $1,699,833 over the next 5 years for the grant: "Transforming Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Through Culturally Sustaining, Active, and Asset-Based Approaches to Introductory Science Courses."
Credential Program Updates and Reminders:
Please direct all inquiries to the Chair of TED, Dr. Patricia Swanson (firstname.lastname@example.org). (Updated May 18, 2020)
Reminders: Credential Requirements
Whether you are just entering the program or planning to complete, now is a perfect time to meet credential requirements.
Testing centers reopen. Testing centers are starting to reopen where local guidance permits. If you have outstanding testing to complete, we recommend that you sign up as soon as possible. For more information, visit the examination webpage for California Educator Credentialing Assessments.
Educational Technology requirement. Please remember that to complete the program you must meet the level 1 tech requirement. Follow this link to enroll for the free certification class (NOTE: do not enter SJSU when it asks for your institution, or you will be charged for the class as an employee instead of enrolling for free as a student). (link)
U.S. Constitution requirement. For students still needing to fulfill the U.S. Constitution requirement, here's an online exam that they could take. It is offered through Notre Dame de Namur University. (link)
CPR requirement. The credential office is now accepting fully online CPR courses due to COVID-19. We are recommending this course as it covers Infant, Child and Adult CPR and it meets the American Heart Association guidelines: (link) (NOTE: because this certification is only good for one year and it is an exit requirement, we recommend that you wait until mid-way through the program or later to meet the requirement).
For program completers
CalTPA update: The Governor's office still has not issued any executive orders about the TPA requirement. Updates will be given as information is received.
Single Subject Credential Program Admissions Requirements (link)
Bilingual Authorization: Bilingual Single Subject Candidates who wish to be able to teach in their Subject Area through the language of Spanish can also apply to earn a Bilingual Authorization (Spanish) during their Single Subject Credential Program. Learn more about the Critical Bilingual Authorization Program here.
(Updated May 13, 2021)
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