November 22, 2002

Grossmont College is Key Link in Teacher Training Pipeline

EL CAJON - According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), some 2.4 million new teachers will be needed nationwide by 2008, due to teacher attrition, retirement, and increasing enrollment. In the western United States, elementary schools will face even greater need, with increases in enrollment projected as high as 17 percent. The need for teachers increases to 2.7 million when class size reduction efforts are included in the projections.

“We have a responsibility to help alleviate the growing need for classroom teachers,” said Grossmont College President Dr. Ted Martinez, Jr. “Grossmont College provides a logical, convenient and low-cost connection for future teachers who will eventually transfer to the upper division teacher credentialing program at San Diego State University.”

Grossmont College is providing opportunities for future teachers to begin their teacher preparation at the community college with three specialized classes, each of which provides transfer credit to San Diego State University for the teacher credential program. Enrollment fees are $11 per unit for California residents.

Education 111: Principles of Elementary School Literacy Skill development for Tutors in Elementary School Settings. This three-unit course will be offered during the January Intersession, January 2 through January 24. The class will be held Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. This class is especially attractive for students who also participate in the AmeriCorps Reads program, as they are involved as volunteer tutors in local elementary schools.

Education 159: Introduction to Educational Technology. A two-unit course to be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays during the spring semester, beginning January 28, 3:30 – 4:50 p.m. Students will be introduced to the basic computer skills and terminology in the context of teacher education, including basic competencies required for meeting the educational technology standards required for teachers.

Education 200: Teaching as a Profession. Specially designed for students considering teaching as a profession and for classroom paraprofessionals working the public school system. Students will explore Career options, foundations of education, critical issues, as well as standards for the teaching profession and conditions for effective learning.This three-unit course will be offered during the spring semester 2003 on Wednesdays, 4 – 6:50 p.m. beginning January 29.

New and readmit students may apply online at www.grossmont.net or by filing an application for admission at the Admissions and Records Office at Grossmont College. All enrolled students may register for these classes on the Internet by signing onto WebConnect at www.grossmont.net, or through telephone registration.

For more information regarding the teacher preparation curriculum at Grossmont College, contact Dr. Janet Castanos, Dean, Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, 619–644–7161, janet.castanos@gcccd.net.

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