Narrated Orientation to the Secondary Education Teacher Credentialing Program

Hello, and welcome to this presentation of the
orientation for applicants to the secondary
education teaching credential program. My name is Anna Thaler Petersen, and I’m the
fieldwork coordinator for the program. I’ll be
giving you some general information about our program, and walking you through the basics of
our application process. If you have questions,
my contact information can be found at the end of this presentation—I’ll be glad to answer any
questions you have.
We’re very excited about the recent transformation of our program into a distance-
accessible online hybrid format. What this
means is that you can enroll in classes, complete fieldwork requirements, and interact
with professors and university supervisors from
anywhere in California—as long as you have easy access to reliable and high-speed internet.
(We will still have a small number of in-person
meetings—including a beginning-of-the-program intensive where students will get training in the
technology tools we will be using, and complete
our capstone class, “Multicultural Issues in Education”, which is taught in an intensive week-
long, all-day format prior to the start of the
school year. We will likely also have a few in- person community meetings throughout the
If you’re interested in applying and living locally in Humboldt County, you can expect to be
placed in local schools. You will have three
possible class meeting formats throughout the semester, either face-to-face (with
accommodations for distance-learners), online in
real-time, (where you’ll be watching presentations from your instructor, raising your
hand to interact with them virtually, and engaging
in discussions with your classmates in virtual break-out rooms), and asynchronously online,
when your instructor will post an assignment
and you’ll post or turn in a response. Whether you are a local or distance-learning
student, our program is heavily reliant on
technology so it is important to your success that you be comfortable with computers. Here is
an outline of the program’s coursework and
fieldwork structure. It’s a year-long program, with the fall semester focused mostly on coursework.
That’s when you’ll be working to build a
theoretical foundation to understand the history and background of the field you’re entering.
You’ll also be spending 12 hours a week in a
classroom with a mentor teacher: observing and helping out. In the spring you have just a couple
of classes, and your fieldwork increases—you
will actually take over two classes from your mentor teacher, and that’s when you learn to
teach—by teaching!
So now you’ve gotten a quick overview of our program, I’ll walk you through the process of
applying. The first thing to know is that you’ll
actually submit two different applications—one to the University via an online site called CSU
Mentor, and one to our office. They’re different
applications, and the one for the university is online (there’s a link in the our application, which
is a PDF file on our website.)
As our program is a post-baccalaureate credential program, you will need to have
completed your Bachelor’s Degree by the time
the program begins. This means that you can apply the February before you graduate. For
details on that, contact me and I’ll let you know
what to do to make sure you’re ready to sign up for classes in the fall.
You need to have maintained a GPA of 2.67 or
above for your last 60 units of coursework. There is an appeals process available for anyone with
a GPA of below 2.67—contact me to find out
more. Prior to entering the program you will have to
complete 45 hours of early fieldwork in a
secondary classroom—that’s a junior high or high school classroom with a credentialed
teacher. There are a couple of ways you can do
that. Some undergraduate majors with teaching pathways have courses, as do we –SED
210/410 (two numbers, one class)—that help set
you up with a local teacher. You’ll then visit their classroom to observe and lend a hand, and
check in with an instructor at HSU once a week
or so. The other option for completing this prerequisite requirement is to get approval ahead
of time from us to connect with a credentialed
teacher independently, and do your 45 hours of early field experience with them. Either way,
there’s a form for you to fill out in the application.
You will need to be CPR certified for the duration

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