Central Valley Partnership for Exemplary Teachers (CPET)

Coordinator:
Colleen Torgerson

Phone:
(559) 278-0240

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Central Valley Partnerships for Exemplary Teachers

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Earn a Teaching Credential while completing your professional preparation classes and fieldwork experience on a school site within one of our local school districts.


Partnerships 2014-2015

Limited seats available

Fresno Unified School District Partnership
2013-15 Multiple Subject with emphasis in 4-6th grade Math/Science
Began Fall 2013

Sanger Unified School District Partnership

  • Priority Application Deadline for Summer 2015 is Friday, February 6
  • Summer 2015 Semester Dates - Monday, May 18 - Friday, July 24

Benefits of joining a Partnership Cohort:

  • Employers rate partner prepared teachers higher when hiring
  • Research finds teachers report they feel better prepared after one year of teaching than traditional or intern programs
  • Teacher candidates learn the culture of the district
  • Opportunities for classroom demonstrations and activities
  • See "theory to practice" applied
  • Daytime offerings of credential courses in first semesters
  • Districts offer opportunities for professional development
  • No parking pass required!
  • EMPLOYMENT OFFERS to strong partner teacher candidates
  • Many districts forecast a need for teachers from this program in the next three years
  • Fresno and Sanger Unified committed to consider partner candidates as substitutes and for early offers
  • Financial support from T2T, APLE ($5,000 possible)
  • Tailored advising, test prep, and mentoring

Central Valley Partnership for Exemplary Teachers
Frequently Asked Questions

What is CPET?
Where are CPET cohorts?
How will I know which partnership cohort will be starting in a particular semester?
Who can be in a CPET cohort?
How long does it take to finish the credential program if I join a CPET cohort?
What is the time commitment for a partnership cohort?
Can I begin in the summer if I don’t participate in a partnership cohort?
Can I take the summer program with the cohort and then take Phase 2 and 3 on campus?
How do I indicate I am interested in the 12-month cohort that begins in the summer?
How are applicants chosen to be in the summer cohort?
What is the schedule for the summer?
Can I go part time in the summer?
How will I find out I have been accepted into the summer CPET partnership?
Is my financial aid affected if I complete the program in 12 months?
If I am interested in a CPET cohort, do I need to schedule my admission interview with the CPET Director?
Can I be in a partnership cohort if I go part time?
I am a dual credential student. Can I participate in a partnership cohort?

1. What is CPET?

The Central Valley Partnership for Exemplary Teachers (CPET) is a collaborative effort between the university and local school districts to prepare teachers as educational leaders in the diverse communities of the Central Valley. CPET offers field-based cohorts that provide unique experiences for credential candidates to become more closely connected to the educators in a local school district.

2. Where are CPET cohorts?

In the current CPET cohorts, credential courses are held on-site at an elementary school in the partner district and field placements are at a partner district schools. Currently, partner districts include Fresno, Fowler, Sanger, Clovis, and Central. Only one CPET cohort starts in a semester, therefore the districts rotate start dates/semesters.

3. How will I know which partnership cohort will be starting in a particular semester?

See future Partnerships or contact the CPET director for the projected schedule.

4. Who can be in a CPET cohort?

Currently, full-time Multiple Subject and Dual Credential candidates are given preference in a CPET cohort. Candidates begin the cohort in Phase 1 and remain with the cohort for all 4 phases of the program. If space is available, part-time students may take courses with a CPET cohort.

5. How long does it take to finish the credential program if I join a CPET cohort?

CPET offers 16-month options and one 12-month option for candidates who are interested in taking advantage of the benefits of participating in a partnership cohort.

6. What is the time commitment for a partnership cohort?

A critical component of CPET is the opportunity to build strong connections with partner district personnel and with other cohort members. Consequently, candidates in a CPET cohort agree to remain in the cohort for all 3 phases. The schedule of coursework and field experiences for the 16- month partnerships is similar to non-partnership coursework for each of the three phases. The schedule of coursework and field experiences for the 12-month option requires students to commit to Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the twelve-week summer session. Fall and spring semesters follow the regular semester schedule.

7. Can I begin in the summer if I don’t participate in a partnership cohort?

In order to begin phase one in the summer, you must be part of the CPET partnership cohort.

8. Can I take the summer program with the cohort and then take Phase 2 and 3 on campus?

Because of the nature of the cohort, you must commit to staying with the cohort for all three phases of your Multiple Subject program.

9. How do I indicate I am interested in a partnership cohort?

Indicate your interest on your application. You will then be contacted about additional information related to the requirements and schedule.

10. How are applicants chosen to be in the  cohort?

Applications are reviewed in the order the applicant is cleared for admission to the program. Interested candidates are required to attend a CPET information session or schedule an appointment with the CPET Director. For candidates in the blended program, preference is given to those who have passed at least 2 parts of the CSET and who need to take no more than one additional non-credential course to complete their degree.

11. What is the schedule for the summer?

The summer cohort begins courses at the start of the CSUF summer session, usually the week after the spring semester ends. Because Phase 1 is completed in a fewer number of weeks during summer than in fall or spring, candidates must be available Mon-Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the 12- week period. The specific schedule will be given out shortly before the summer session begins.

12. Can I go part time in the summer?

No, if you choose the summer cohort, you will need to commit to remaining full-time with the cohort for all three phases.

13. How will I find out I have been accepted into the CPET partnership?

You will be notified by the CPET Director that you have been accepted into the partnership cohort. This acceptance is separate from your admission to the program.

14. Is my financial aid affected if I complete the program in 12 months?

We recommend that you contact your financial aid advisor to ensure that your aid will not be affected by the 12-month schedule.

15. If I am interested in a CPET cohort, do I need to schedule my admission interview with the CPET Director?

You do not need to schedule your admission interview with the CPET Director. You may schedule it with any appropriate faculty member.

16. Can I be in a partnership cohort if I go part time?

Partnership cohorts are designed for full time students. However, if space is available, part-time students may be allowed to take courses with the cohort.

17. I am a dual credential student. Can I participate in a partnership cohort?

Yes, dual credential candidates can participate in a dual partnership or multiple subject cohort. If in a multiple subject cohort, you will need to take the additional special education courses in the evening on the CSUF campus. You will stay with the cohort for the three phases, then complete the fourth semester of your dual credential on campus.