Teacher and Leader Preparation:
California revised its education program standards to include the knowledge and skills educators need to work effectively with all students, including students with disabilities and English learners. The institutions of higher education (IHEs) have increased collaboration between general and special education teacher and leadership preparation programs to better prepare educators for diverse populations. Each university has strengthened local education agency (LEA) partnerships to enhance candidates’ clinical experiences in inclusive settings.
The CEEDAR IHEs are developing and implementing the undergraduate Urban Dual Credential Programs (i.e., special and general education certification) and online modules for teacher and leadership preparation that present evidence-based strategies to meet the needs of students with disabilities. IHEs have also strengthened partnerships with LEAs to create more inclusive schools and provided professional learning opportunities for faculty. The IHEs have used the innovation configurations (ICs) and the new state standards for teachers and administrators to review and revise their courses and programs.
Certification and Licensure Standards:
California approved new teacher standards for general educators, described as the “trunk” of a tree—the skills all teachers need to know and be able to do to work effectively with diverse populations. The “branches,” the specialized skills needed by those who work intensively with students with disabilities, are in development. Licensure structures are also being reconsidered.
Preparation Program Approval and Licensure:
The standards for multiple- and single-subject programs have been approved and include the new teaching performance expectations designed to prepare teachers to work effectively with diverse populations. The standards for education specialist programs have not yet been revised, but it is anticipated that the Commission will direct staff to work on this in the near future.