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Bakersfield College

Teacher Preparation Pathways

About the Program

Since 2014, Bakersfield College has been working on Guided Pathways. At BC, they are called Learning and Career Pathways. With the students and community at the forefront, Education was names one of the 10 pathways. The Education Pathway is the home for students who are passionate about learning and empowers other people to be life-long learners as well.

The current teacher shortage in California demands that communities work together to find solutions. Bakersfield College is working with school districts, universities, and local organizations to address gaps in the teacher preparation pipeline, focusing on Kern County. The Education Department is working alongside the Family and Consumer Education Department to provide clear pathway options for students seeking careers in Education. In January 2018, Bakersfield College was awarded the Education Futures Grant to work with regional partners to brainstorm ways Community Colleges can effectively contribute to the Teacher Preparation Pipeline.

In September of 2018, California legislature approved Senate Bill 577 - California Community College Teacher Credentialing Partnership Pilot Program. The Commission on Teacher Credentialing, in coordination with the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, will award up to 3 grants, in the amount of $500,000 each, for the purpose of offering teacher credential coursework remotely at participating community college or colleges.