May 17, 1999 Vol. III, No. 16

CSU Launches New Program for Emergency Permit Teachers

Statewide Credential Program Will Use Independent Study
So Participants Can Remain Employed

Thousands of teachers working in California public elementary school classrooms on "emergency" permits soon will have a chance to gain full certification-while staying employed- through the new, 18-month CalStateTEACH program to start statewide in the fall.

Developed by the Cal State system, CalStateTEACH will deliver high-quality teacher education directly to working teachers unable to attend a CSU campus because of work schedules, family obligations or distance. The program can handle up to 1,000 applicants to start statewide.

The new program will combine self-study with on-line support and personal coaching, and be fully integrated with teachers' daily experiences in the classroom. The site-based curriculum will allow emergency permit elementary teachers to continue to work while they pursue their regular teaching credentials.

California is expected to need as many as 300,000 credentialed teachers during the coming decade because of teacher retirements, class size reduction and increased enrollments. Many school districts already have been forced to hire teachers without full certification using emergency permits instead.

"The California State University educates the majority of teachers in California's public schools," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "Using technology and teaching mentors, we are pleased to broaden the reach of CSU teacher training and help fill an urgent need in our elementary schools."

The CalStateTEACH program will be offered in four stages during an 18-month period. Participants will need access to a computer with Internet capability. Program fees will be $1,142 for each stage, including the cost of all course materials and books.

Program applicants must meet the standard requirements for elementary teacher preparation programs, including a bachelor's degree, passage of the CBEST test and letters of recommendation. They also must secure either a teaching position on an emergency permit or find an elementary school to supervise their teaching.

Working in groups of 18-20, the beginning teachers will access their course materials through the Internet, texts and audio/video materials. Each group will have mentor support from a Cal State faculty member. They will communicate with their mentors via e-mail, or get help from an Internet support system.

While program participants will be able to study at the time and place of their choice, they still will be required to keep up with other members of their group by submitting assignments on established dates. Completion of the program will include 38 college credits and recommendation for a multiple subject teaching credential.

CalStateTEACH will be operated through five regional centers that will be supported by all CSU campuses, including Cal State Northridge, with teacher education programs. The program will be led by CSU campuses at Fresno and Monterey Bay, Hayward, Fullerton, Pomona and Los Angeles. More information about the program is available via a toll- free hotline (1-877-CALSTATE), on the Internet at, or via e-mail request to

May 17, 1999

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