San Diego State University program latest to take aim at preparing more diverse, bilingual teachers
Working with three nearby community colleges, San Diego State University is launching a training program aimed at increasing the number of Latino and bilingual teachers in California.
Beginning next year, San Diego City College, Southwestern College and San Diego Mesa College — each with significant Latino student populations — will send 100 students annually to San Diego State’s bilingual credentials program, which prepares teachers to teach in bilingual K-12 classrooms. Students who participate in the partnership, announced last month and supported by a $3.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, will receive stipends to cover some costs, such as books, exam registration fees and professional development opportunities, but not tuition.
“Those high expectations combined with the right support can have really significant impacts on students’ learning and growth,” said Elisha Smith Arrillaga, executive director of The Education Trust–West, an education advocacy group.