The CalStateTEACH Curriculum
The CalStateTEACH curriculum is based on the California Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs), the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP), 21st century skills, and cognition and learning research. The program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), as well as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Unlike traditionally sequential programs, CalStateTEACH offers a spiraling, integrated curriculum that includes classroom management, learning theory, and pedagogy. CalStateTEACH is an Outcomes-Based Program. The Program Design Components illustrate the theoretical and conceptual foundations of CalStateTEACH. The CalStateTEACH Curriculum Overview by Term document provides a more detailed overview of the spiraling curriculum.
Curriculum Activity Examples
Activity 1.03: Project Based Learning (first term)
Activity 11.04: Closing the Achievement Gaps (second term)
The CalStateTEACH curriculum is adapted continuously to respond to new research in the field; feedback from teacher candidates, faculty, employers and on-site mentors; text editions; out-of-date publications; and changing websites. Unlike print materials, the electronic environment allows for maximum flexibility and responsiveness to changes in the teacher education knowledge base.
Since there are no traditional classes, some people expect that the work will be easier. In fact, the activities are very challenging, and the requirements are demanding. This level of rigor assures that teacher candidates are learning practical information that they can apply immediately to their classroom teaching.
It takes approximately 25-30 hours of work per week outside of teaching. Completing the work from home requires more self-discipline than attending class.
If you're a good fit for the program, it's well worth the time and effort.