California faces a shortage of special education, mathematics, and science teachers. With a special focus on these shortage areas, the TEACH California Web site is designed to recruit individuals to the profession of teaching, explain the teacher preparation process, assist prospective teachers in creating their plan to become credentialed teachers, provide relevant content, partner with related public and non-profit entities, and offer links to important resources. The TEACH California Web site is the California Department of Education's (CDE) primary Web effort for recruiting individuals to the teaching profession.
The TEACH California project is consistent with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlarkson's, mission statement for CDE.
"California will provide a world-class education for all students, from early childhood to adulthood. The Department of Education serves our state by innovating and collaborating with educators, schools, parents, and community partners. Together, as a team, we prepare students to live, work, and thrive in a multicultural, multilingual, and highly connected world."
The purpose of the Special Education Division at the CDE is to provide information and resources to serve the unique needs of individuals with disabilities so that each person will meet or exceed high standards of achievement in academic and non-academic skills.
The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) created the original CalTeach website in the late 1990's as part of the larger State funded teacher recruitment project administered by the California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office and was created by SB 824 (1997). In 2003-04, the SCOE contracted with the California Department of Education to migrate the content from the CalTeach Website to the now TEACH California Website when the CalTeach project was defunded by the state legislature.
TEACH California is a special contracted project of the California Department of Education with the Sacramento County Office of Education. Some federal funds are provided to California from the U.S. Department of Education through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the U. S. Department of Education.