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Teacher Preparation Program (TPP)
Do you want to be a teacher?
The Teacher Preparation Program at El Camino College has been helping students interested in a career in teaching for many years. Historically, building our Teacher Education Program began with funding from two Title V grants that resulted in the development of a comprehensive and thriving program. During the great recession the program was significantly scaled back, but fortunately many of the key components were funded by other sources such as Teacher Preparation Pipeline (TPP) and Strong Workforce Program (SWP) funds. Based on these collaborations, El Camino has participated as a lead/mentor college in the regionally-funded Los Angeles Region Strong Workforce Program Teacher Preparation Pipeline STEM/CTE Collaborative, as well as a Regional Model in the newly-funded (2018) Education Futures - Teacher Preparation Program.
Throughout all of these years and changes in funding streams, our main goal of serving students along their pathway to becoming future educators has not changed. El Camino’s program embraces all aspects of educational preparation and provides pathways to all related fields including early childhood, elementary, middle, high school, special education including those pursuing CTE designated subject credentials.
One of the latest emphasis, statewide, has been on addressing the critical need in California for teachers with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) backgrounds. California’s demand for new math and science teachers in the next 10 years is expected to exceed 33,000, far surpassing the number of STEM teachers that the state is expected to produce. In addition, an estimated 51,500 openings for elementary school teachers and 31,100 jobs for secondary school teachers will occur statewide between 2010 and 2020. Despite the increased need for new teachers, fewer college students are choosing careers as teachers.
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