Students enrolled in the Teacher Academy will benefit from the following support services:
Transfer Agreements with Local Universities
Teacher Academy students can complete most of their lower division major and general education course requirements prior to transfer.
Future Educators’ Club
The Future Educators’ Club provides working and prospective teachers with an opportunity to attend monthly meetings featuring guest speakers from diverse fields of education, and is designed to foster social and professional connections among members. Members also receive detailed newsletters which include information about upcoming club meetings, professional development activities, and special services and/or events on campus and in the community.
Students in the Early Childhood Education program who aspire to teach in the preschool or infant/toddler years also have a club of their own called the Kids At Heart Club.
Teacher Resource Room
The Teacher Resource Room is equipped with numerous teaching resources including Education and curriculum resource books, a laminator, book binders, die cuts, children’s books, puppets, flannel stories, CDs, tapes, computers, scanners, and more!! Some of these items may be checked out for use at home or in the classroom.
The Resource room is open to all Teacher Academy students and is located on the 4th floor of the Bundy Campus, room 429.
Fall hours of operation are 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Several of the interdisciplinary courses linked with the Teacher Academy, courses called "apple-courses", offer students a Teacher Assistant (TA) or supplemental instructor. TA's are SMC students who have taken and passed specific courses and have returned to help tutor their peers in those same courses.
Peer mentors are provided to all Teacher Academy students through the Mentors Across Campus program.
Professional Support Staff
Teacher Academy students will have the opportunity to take courses from dedicated professionals who bring to the classroom both their subject matter expertise and their experience as preschool, elementary, middle and/or high school and special education teachers. In addition, the Teacher Academy employs knowledgeable and caring counselors who help students develop education plans, select appropriate courses, and find answers to specific credential questions.
Access to Campus and Community Resources
The Teacher Academy staff inform students of the services on campus and in the community that can help them achieve their goals. Such services include Learning Community courses and classes with Supplemental Instruction. Learning Community courses afford students the opportunity to take linked courses from instructors who collaborate weekly on course content and assignments. Classes with Supplemental Instruction provide students with additional tutorial support both in and out of class.
If fieldwork is required by a student’s transfer university, Teacher Academy students can complete up to 45 hours of this fieldwork while attending SMC. Fieldwork is offered in conjunction with certain education courses and enables students to observe and/or participate in the teaching process under the direction of mentor teachers who model exemplary teaching strategies.
CBEST Preparation Courses and Software
All K-12 teachers in California must take and pass the three sections of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). Review courses are currently offered through the Santa Monica College Community Education Program. These three courses are designed to help students review and strengthen the skills needed to pass each section of the CBEST.
SMC Continuing & Community Education - C-BEST Preparation & Review