Greetings! (updated 04/01/2020)
Dear College of Education community and our cherished community partners, you all know we are living in a challenging time, and a lot has changed within a matter of weeks about how we live our lives. The College of Education, CSUSB, and the entire CSU system continues to be creative in our efforts to continue to serve our students and engage with our community partners. First, let me make clear that the entire California State University system is taking all the necessary steps to mitigate the disruptions caused by COVID-19 while ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and communities.
As a college, all our classes have gone online, and our exceptional faculty members and their staff support have worked hard to prepare themselves to deliver instruction to our students by synchronous and asynchronous online models. Our goal is to continue to deliver quality instruction with compassion and efficiency. Our Instructional Technology (IT) team has worked hard to provide our students with needed technology tools to enable them to continue to learn without interruption. If you are a student and still need support in this area, please reach out to us and we will work with you to make sure your learning is not interrupted.
For those students who are finishing their course work and hoping to enter the job market this fall, I recognize the added stress placed on you by the K-12 school closures, which makes it hard for you to complete your clinical practice and the California Teacher Performance Assessment (CalTPA). We are working closely with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to ensure that you complete your program and enter the job market in the fall. By now, you should all have received communication from your Program Coordinators about multiple options that are open to you. If you have questions, please reach out to your Program Coordinators. They should have the most current information for you.
For those prospective candidates who were planning to enter our credentialing and master’s degree programs this fall, please know that we have continued to admit students into our programs. Be assured that all CSU campuses are prepared to be as flexible as possible when working with fall 2020 applicants on meeting admission requirements and selection. This flexibility will vary by program application, based on the impact COVID-19 has on the application requirements. Even though the nation-wide COVID 19 policies have led to the closure of many establishments, thereby impacting your ability to sit for the CBEST and CSET exams, the CSU chancellor has decided to provide a temporary waiver on these exams as admission requirements for this fall. You can be admitted into our programs in the fall without these, and you will be able to sit and pass the exams while in the program so as to meet the CTC requirement for obtaining a credential.
Please be aware that CSUSB has transitioned our staff and faculty to working remotely, yet we continue to process admission applications and continue to communicate with applicants. We would encourage all fall 2020 applicants to continue to check their emails and campus portals regularly. The best way to reach us during this season of working remotely is by use of emails. We love to hear from you.
Be safe, keep the social distance, respect the Governor’s mandate to stay home, and I look forward to seeing our students, faculty, staff and community partners when this dust settles.
Blessings to you all.
Chinaka S. DomNwachukwu, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Education
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