Teacher Education Program
Our vision, mission, and working paradigm
Member of the Claremont University Consortium. Claremont. California
Our working paradigm
CGU’s Teacher Education Program prepares a special kind of teacher: one who fosters academic success in all students while “fast-tracking” the achievement of students who struggle. We know it is a myth that certain children (whether they are poor, students of color, students with disabilities, or non-native speakers of English) “can’t learn.” Indeed, on any given campus one can find star teachers who cultivate success and breed optimism with even the most disenfranchised populations.
These are the teachers CGU prepares for our K-12 classrooms.
Every assignment and class at CGU is designed to develop the skills, strategies, and attitudes known to interrupt cycles of academic failure. We believe teachers do not have the luxury to indulge in activities that do not directly and effectively cultivate their ability to reach students.
The best social justice program a nation can offer its children is a great education. A free and just democratic nation must have a well-educated, personally responsible and responsive citizenry who are given every opportunity to fulfill their purpose in life, including raising healthy families that make up and contribute to the community. This opportunity begins in the home and ultimately includes the classroom, the workplace and larger society.
To provide such an education, we need teachers deeply committed to academic excellence, equity, and integrity; who work diligently to develop the skills and attitudes necessary to teach every child as though they were teaching their own; who collaborate with the parents of their students, other educators and policy makers; and who use technology and other resources as a means to maximize achievement and opportunities.
The integrity and character of great teachers prompts them to hold themselves accountable and to join alongside others to do the hard work it takes to make this vision a reality for all the students assigned to their classrooms.
Our unique structure
Our teachers simultaneously grapple with the theoretical/academic & the clinical/practical within a learn while-you-earn context
We believe the best way to prepare a highly effective teacher is for them to simultaneously grapple with the academic/theoretical and the practical/clinical. Work in schools needs to be informed by academic study and research and, likewise, discussions at the university need to be deepened via the real-world context of schools.
Accordingly, in both or Preliminary Program and our Induction/Clear Program, our teachers are working in clinical settings. And in both Programs there are earn-while-you-learn options.