The Santa Monica College Teacher Academy was created in response to California’s projected need for teachers over the next decade. Through partnerships with local universities, the Teacher Academy offers courses and fieldwork for those planning to teach at all grade levels in the K-12 system. The Teacher Academy staff will direct students to appropriate support services available on campus and in the community, and will assist students in defining, pursuing, and achieving their professional goals.

Teaching Credentials needed to teach in the K-12 System

A bachelor's degree (B.A.) and additional coursework in teaching methods are required to teach in the California K-12 system. Transfer coursework and pre-professional supervised experience can be completed at the community college level prior to transferring to a college or university that offers a B.A.

Students who are planning a career in K-12 Education should enroll in Education 1, Career Choices in Education and Education 2, The Early Childhood through 12th grade teaching experience. Participation in these two classes fulfills the 30 hour internship required to enter the credential program at many of the CA state university programs.

For students interested in pursuing a career in teaching elementary, middle school, high school, or special education, it is highly recommend you make an appointment with our Education Department counselor Angelica Hermosillo. (to schedule an appointment, call Michelle Aragon at 310-434-8109). Together you can draft a learning plan for your time at Santa Monica College. This will ensure you take the correct courses to allow you to transfer seamlessly to a 4 year university to complete your teaching credential requirements.

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Teacher Education K-12 Resources

EDUC 1, Career Choices In Education

3 Units • Transfer: CSU
This course provides an introductory overview of the Early Childhood through 12th grade teaching profession. It will explore the philosophy, history and sociology of the American educational system with an emphasis on elements unique to the State of California. In addition, qualities of effective educators, elements and purposes of a professional portfolio and critical issues in diverse contemporary classrooms will be addressed. Students will record school site observations that will be archived to a professional E-Portfolio. Portfolio training will be provided within the course.

EDUC 2, The Early Childhood Through 12th Grade Teaching Experience

3 Units • Transfer: CSU
This course builds upon the foundation of Education 1. Students will gain actual tutoring experience with K through 12th graders and document observations of their experiences. Special attention to teaching strategies, observation techniques, and engaging children with diverse learning styles and needs will be emphasized. Examination of personal suitability for the teaching profession, preparation for state teacher exams, and transfer to four-year institutions to complete teaching credentialing will be discussed. The professional E-Portfolio training of Education 1 will continue.