Pair future teachers with faculty mentors or TK-12 teachers to do informal mentoring. Recruit mentor teachers who are willing to voluneteer their time if stipends are not available. Mentees can observe the mentor teacher (20 hours for the semester) and provide one-on-one mentoring outside of the classroom. Mentor can allow/attend with mentee to attend meetings, school events, district events, board meetings, union meetings, etc.
Assign faculty mentors to students interested in pursuing careers in teaching. Mentors can help mentees with the application process, finding financial aid options, and meet with them throughout their time in the credential program. If possible, mentors are paired with mentees in their specialty area (e.g., multiple subject, single subject, bilingual authorization, special ed, etc.).
STEM Early Field Experience Pathway
Cal Poly SLO has a STEM Early Field Experience Pathway. You can't choose what you haven't experienced. This pathway lets undergraduates work with kids, then work with kids as a teacher would, and then work in work in actual classrooms with actual students. Here is our pathway:
Learn-by-doing Lab - Undergraduates teach science and engineering to visiting elementary and middle school students
After-school Mentors - Undergraduates teach science and engineering one day a week to… Read more
Field Trips to Local Schools
For undergraduates who have attended our Celebration of Teaching Events, we plan to organize field trips to local schools for early structured field experiences. We would bring them to classrooms with teachers who model high impact practices (e.g. eliciting student thinking) to complete structured observations. We would end the field trips with a guided reflection on the observation.
Advertisements About Teaching
Take advantage of public advertising opportunities via the campus marquee, posters, bus or train ticker tape, etc. Provide URL and QR Codes when possible for interested parties.
Provide physical space for future teachers to study, collaborate, network, and get advising from faculty and staff. Could be an advising center as well so staff would be there to provide support and could manage the space.
CSULA invites students, faculty, staff, and community partners to "socials" where the Dean welcomes them. We try to build morale and then eventually have the students network. We also use this time to recruit students.
Wide Advertising to Recruit Credential Candidates
CSUDH utilizes a massive public-facing electronic sign situated on the corner of campus in a very high-traffic intersection that invites anyone interested in a career in education to attend our monthly information sessions. This is the broad funnel that brings many from outside the university's walls into our pipeline.