National Leads California in Preparing Credentialed Teachers for Eighth Consecutive Year

La Jolla, Calif. – National University has prepared more teachers for credentialing than any other single institution of higher education in California for the eighth consecutive year, according to figures released by the Commission on Teaching Credentialing (CTC).

Between July 1, 2006, and June 30, 2007, 2,458 teachers earned their single-subject, multiple-subject, and special education teaching credentials through National University, according to the 10th annual report on state teacher supply issued by the CTC. To review CTC data on teacher credentialing online, visit the commission’s website. The source of credentialed teachers by university begins on Page 17 of the report.

Students completing their teaching credentials at National University accounted for 12 percent of the statewide grand total during that time period, outnumbering the second-ranked university by a more than two-to-one ratio.

In 2005-2006, 2,699 California teachers were prepared for their teaching credentials through National University. In 2004-2005, National University prepared 2,851 California teachers. In 2003-2004, National prepared 3,629 California teachers, and in 2002-2003, the number was 2,466. The year before, National successfully recommended a total of 3,698 candidates for teaching credentials in California. One year earlier, National led California by recommending 2,576 teachers for credentials.

Graduates and those obtaining their teaching credentials from the National University School of Education are recognized as some of the best educators in California, based upon assessments by the National Blue Ribbon School competition, the California Distinguished School Program, and various teachers of the year competitions.

Three of the five 2008 California Teachers of the Year were National University alumni, including Mr. Lewis Chappelear, who teaches engineering design at James Monroe High School in North Hills (Los Angeles County); Mr. Gregory McFall, an eighth grade teacher at Johnson Middle School in Westminster (Orange County); and Ms. Tamara Reina, who teaches English and U.S. History at the East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility in Otay Mesa (San Diego County). Mr. Chappelear, Mr. McFall, and Ms. Reina are on a distinguished list of National University alumni who have been named California Teacher of the Year, joining Ms. Sandra McBrayer (1994), Ms. Jan Mongoven (2000), and Mr. Alan Sitomer (2007).

In the past, National University alumni have also earned such honors as National Teacher of the Year (1994); California Principal of the Year (2003); Los Angeles Unified School District Teacher of the Year (2002); and Sacramento County Teacher of the Year (2003).

National University’s School of Education is also recognized for the diversity of its graduates and students completing their teaching credentials. Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranks National University first in the nation in granting master’s degrees in education to all minorities.

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