New Teacher Preparation Program
to See Graduation of Inaugural Class
May 20, 2003 :: No. 240
|CSUF President Milton A. Gordon
and the Blended Teacher Education Program's Class of 2003.
The time is near for the inaugural class of
26 students enrolled in the Blended Teacher Education Program to
say ‘goodbye’ to Cal State Fullerton and ‘hello’
to their own classes of young students around the Southland.
Their graduation ceremony is slated for Sunday, June
1, when they will be recognized by the university and the College
of Human Development and Community Service.
The Blended Teacher Education Program (BTEP) was instituted
in 1999 to offer aspiring elementary school teachers the chance
to earn a bachelor’s degree while preparing for a teaching
credential in just four years. The term ‘blended’ refers
to the idea that students take classes in subject matter and teacher
education simultaneously, noted Claire Palmerino, director of the
university’s Center for Careers in Teaching.
“These students have had the opportunity to
experience a variety of classrooms and grades, and to grow and mature
into their roles,” she noted.
The BTEP Class of 2003 includes the following Orange
County residents: Marion Pedicone and Norma Hernandez of Anaheim;
Jeniece Ewald and Melissa Hooper of Brea; Jamee St. Clair of Cypress;
Taylore Coulombe and Christina Miller of Fullerton; Lisa Diane Chips
of Huntington Beach; Erica Marston of Laguna Niguel; Julia Jeffers
of Orange; and Lien Huynh and Janelle Miller of Santa Ana.
Others in BTEP’s Class of 2003 are: Sabrina
Arroyo and Vanessa Delgado of Chino; Andrea Delgado Holling of Chino
Hills; Jennifer Burns of Diamond Bar; Genevieve Anderson and Griselda
Salazar of La Puente; Karina Pena of Los Angeles; Stephanie Hyatt
of Moorpark; Adrianne Liggett of Rowland Heights; Cristine Sanchez
of San Gabriel; Kara Schuster of Upland; Cynthia Madrigal of Walnut;
and Jennifer Ponce and Alexandria Luna of West Covina.
“It is important to note that these students
have had classroom experiences almost since day one,” said
Palmerino. “They’ve been an observer, taught a lesson,
served in the capacity of a teacher’s aide and, lastly, they’ve
taught for the whole day,” she said. “This class was
recruited straight out of high school.”
BTEP combines undergraduate studies and teacher education
experiences from the student’s freshman through senior year.
The concepts from each type of course are integrated and taken in
conjunction with field experiences in elementary classrooms. “It
is a carefully designed sequence of courses that enables students
to complete their general education, major and preliminary credential
requirements in only eight full-time semesters plus two summer sessions,”
BTEP students choose from two academic majors, liberal
studies or child and adolescent development, and two credential
paths — the elementary education multiple-subject credential
with emphasis on cross-cultural language and academic development
or the special-education specialist credential.
In addition to completing a bachelor’s degree
and teaching credential requirements simultaneously, the program
offers specially designed courses that make connections between
content and elementary school participants. The program offers participants
opportunities to network with students following the same program
and career path, as well as a wide range of elementary school experiences
throughout the four years. In addition, faculty members mentor and
interact with participants beginning in their freshman year.
Admission to the program is limited to first-time
freshmen who have a minimum high school GPA of 3.2 and commit to
a full-time, five days-per-week program. “Part-time employment
of more than 10 hours per week is strongly discouraged, due to the
intense time commitment of this program,” said Palmerino.
“Every year the number of freshmen who apply
to BTEP grows, and each BTEP class is larger than the one before
it. We expect 26 seniors to graduate this year, and approximately
40 to graduate next year,” said Palmerino. “Cal State
Fullerton is actively working with several community colleges to
design a similar program for transfer students,” she said.
||Claire Palmerino at 657-278-4805 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Katsaros, Public Affairs, at 657-278-4854 or email@example.com
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