In the era of accountability, teacher quality is being examined and scrutinized now more than ever. Current research in teacher education, high stakes testing in K-12 schools, the adoption of the Common Core standards, and legislation such as the No Child Left Behind Act (2001) are pushing teacher preparation programs to examine how they train and support new teachers entering the profession.
In addition to coursework, teacher candidates in the multiple subject credential program at Cal State Fullerton are required to participate in 90 hours of classroom field experiences and 13 weeks of full-time student teaching before being recommended for a preliminary teaching credential in the state of California. These experiences are an integral part of the program because they provide prospective teachers with an opportunity to connect theory and practice in a real classroom setting, while being supervised and mentored by a veteran classroom teacher. Continue reading