(December 8, 2015) -- California State University’s CalStateTEACH program, which offers prospective teachers the opportunity to study and earn credential credits online, has won the coveted national Apple Distinguished Program Award for the third consecutive time. This year, the CSU is the only university to be named among the six school recipients.

In announcing the 2015-17 award, John Couch, vice president of education for Apple, said “the administration and faculty at California State University have shown that they demonstrate the five best practices of an Apple Distinguished Program – visionary leadership, innovative learning and teaching, ongoing professional learning, compelling evidence of success and a flexible learning environment.” He noted that more than half of all K-12 teachers in California are CSU graduates.

“This award is further validation of our success in our continuing quest to innovate and push the edge of teacher preparation,” said Loren Blanchard, CSU executive vice chancellor of the Academic and Student Affairs.

CalStateTEACH uses online technology to prepare teacher candidates for the Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential, which qualifies them to teach in California’s K-8 general education classrooms. The online platform makes earning a teaching credential more accessible to those from underserved areas of California. Through the program’s website, students are engaged in self-study with access to online materials, E-texts, videos, web-based “classroom discussions,” and on-site coaching. Each student is assigned a CSU faculty member for support and ongoing interaction via email, videoconferencing, and face-to-face on campus. They also receive on-site support from a site mentor or a master teacher.

Apple’s Couch added that “our education mission is to provide a learning environment that supports the way students live and how they want to learn. We applaud programs such as this one that advance this mission, ensuring that all students are prepared for future success in work and life.”

Last year, CalStateTEACH won the Best Practice Award for Innovative Use of Technology from the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. CalStateTEACH is a cornerstone of the CSU’s distinguished teacher preparation program, which is nationally recognized as a leader in preparing educators to teach the new national and statewide K-12 standards. The CSU is the largest producer of K-12 teachers in the state and nation, graduating an average of 6,500 new teachers annually. Moreover, the CSU leads the nation in producing the largest number of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teachers with more than 1,500 new teachers graduating annually.

For more information about CalStateTEACH, its application deadlines, eligibility requirements, fees and other program features, visit www.calstateteach.net.

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