November 19, 2001 Vol. VI, No. 7

Northridge Makes a Major Impact in Education

University Leads State in Teacher Preparation

Cal State Northridge, through its College of Education, once again is California's leading public university in preparing future elementary and high school teachers, according to the latest statistics from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Students from Northridge's College of Education were awarded 795 teaching credentials during 1999-2000, more than any other public university in California. That total included 602 multiple subject credentials for elementary school teachers and 193 single subject credentials for high school teachers.

"You don't become the leader and stay the leader without good reasons," said Philip Rusche, dean of Northridge's College of Education (right)."Our good reasons are strong faculty, quality programs and committed students. We're big because of the quality of what we do."

According to the CTC data, Northridge was followed by Cal State San Bernardino with 783 single and multiple subject credential recipients and Cal State Dominguez Hills with 749 recipients during 1999-2000. In total, the entire CSU system was responsible for 10,359 teacher credential awards during that year.

Northridge's College of Education is continuing to respond, with the rest of the Cal State system, to the state's dire need for well-qualified teachers. According to the most recent state report, 18 percent of the certificated public schools staff in Los Angeles County (16,120 educators) worked on emergency permits during 1999-2000.

The high share of Los Angeles County public school educators working without being fully credentialed compared with five percent of public school educators in San Diego County and eight percent in Orange County. Emergency permits allow teachers to work in public schools before they have earned their teaching credentials.

Northridge's education college is facing the challenge of having a very high share of part-time credential candidate students, by some estimates up to 90 percent, because its students typically are hired by school districts under emergency permit status almost before they have even begun their credential programs.

Although the state and the CSU system are facing budget reductions in the coming year, Rusche said Northridge's teacher preparation programs likely will continue to grow. "We're committed to continuing to address the education workforce needs of the greater San Fernando Valley," he said.

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