Teacher Education Program
California University has a long and distinguished history of preparing teachers for the schools of the commonwealth with nearly 30,000 Teacher Education alumni. The College of Education and Human Services has developed and maintained a reputation of excellence in the preparation of teachers. Because of its accreditation, the unit requires a variety of teacher certification examinations that match the state certification requirements. California's graduates are able to obtain teacher certification in most states in the United States.
California University has been given a snapshot of where it stands in comparison to other colleges and universities in the commonwealth that prepare teachers. The comparison data is based on the number of students who completed all the academic requirements of the Pre-K-4, middle level, secondary, technology and special education from September 2007 to August 2008, totaling 318 students. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) released information to all teacher preparation institutions regarding the Higher Education Act (HEA) Title II report. While the data uses a statewide cohort for comparisons, ETS plainly noted, "Within the same state, comparisons made between institutions are equally unsubstantiated because each institution prepares students for different licenses utilizing different testing requirements." There are other factors that have an impact on percentages, including the number of students taking specific tests, so that the size of the tested population is very important.