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Community College Student Planning an Elementary School Teaching Career

If you are planning a career as an elementary school teacher, there are many things you should be doing right now. Some California Community Colleges offer Teacher Education and Early Childhood Education courses, some of which may be transferable as part of a blended teacher preparation program. Contact your local community college to see what specific courses are offered. In addition, you should identify the 4-year college you wish to to transfer to, and the courses you will need to complete there. Students who are interested in elementary school teaching are advised to complete a Liberal Arts program in preparation for passing the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET).
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Community College 4-Year College Teacher Prep  
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Participate in a teacher recruitment program at your community college.
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Gain experience and learn what teaching is like by volunteering in classrooms for different grades, tutoring, or mentoring students. Check out service learning activities. Volunteer with local education foundations.
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Research and plan to take teacher preparation-related courses that are transferable to the 4-year or teacher preparation program you plan to complete.
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Complete a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
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Pass a course (at least two semester units) on the provisions and principles of the U.S. Constitution.
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Pass an examination on the provisions and principles of the U.S. Constitution at a regionally accredited community college, college, or university.
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Complete a California multiple subject teacher preparation program including successful student teaching, and obtain the formal recommendation for the credential by the California college or university where the program was completed.
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Complete a Developing English Language Skills, including Reading course that is research-based and includes the study of phonemic awareness, spelling patterns, early intervention techniques, ongoing diagnostic techniques, and a strong literature, language, and comprehension component.
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Pass the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA).* (Applicants who hold a valid California teaching credential other than internship credentials, internship certificates, and emergency permits are exempt from this requirement.)
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Verify knowledge of the subject to be taught by receiving a passing score on the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET).
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Complete computer education coursework that includes general and specialized skills in the use of computers in education settings.

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