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By Lookout Staff

October 9, 2017 -- Santa Monica College (SMC) has been chosen to partner with UCLA in a pilot four-year program that prepares future teachers in math and science, college officials announced Tuesday.

The Integrated Teacher Preparation Program allows SMC students to "earn a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a preliminary teaching credential in four years, followed by a bilingual authorization certification within six months," officials said.

The program, which is funded by a grant from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), furthers SMC's working relationship with the four-year university less than seven miles away.

“Santa Monica College has long enjoyed a valuable relationship with UCLA,” said SMC Superintendent/President Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery. “We have had the highest transfer rate to the University of California for 26 years—with UCLA being a top destination for students.

"The SMC STEM Science and Research Initiative came into being and flourished along with UCLA. This new partnership is exciting, because it symbolizes another way in which two great institutions can combine forces to create opportunity for a wonderfully diverse student body.”

Under the program, SMC students pursuing an Associate degree in science or math who are enrolled in the UCLAIP pathway will take designated courses then transfer to UCLA, where they will complete their BA and earn their California Preliminary Teaching Credential.

Program graduates will then join other UCLA Teacher Education Graduate students for a resident year as full-time teachers in partner schools while working towards a Master’s degree.

Officials at UCLA Center X, which encompasses two graduate credential programs including the Teacher Education Program, said the program helps fill a need for teachers.

"Our partnership with SMC is an exciting opportunity for UCLA Center X to advance our efforts to prepare highly skilled, caring, social justice-oriented teachers for high needs schools across Los Angeles,” said Annamarie M. Francois, executive director of the the Center.

The program, Francois said, serves "to enact our shared belief in the transformational power of preparing community teachers for community schools.”

The program is expected to launch in Fall 2018 and could be expanded to serve students from other Los Angeles area community colleges.

For more information on the program, contact Annamarie Francois at francois@gseis.ucla.edu or Georgia Lorenz at Lorenz_Georgia@smc.edu.


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