TEACHER PREPARATION ACADEMY
Preparation Academy (TPA)
to all LAVC students who want to become elementary school or special education
Preparation Academy Mission Statement
Teacher Preparation Academy, an enrichment program, assists students who
to become elementary or special education teachers. The academy provides students
with academic and career resources to achieve their professional goals and
lifelong networking, thereby benefiting themselves, their future students,
to LAVC Students: Membership in the TPA
full-time students a chance to earn both a BA and a teaching credential in
as little as four years
teacher-focused enrichment (guest speakers; group projects)
participants informed about conferences and other events
full- and part-time students in a learning community (Statistics show that
students in such a group outperform those who try to study in isolation.)
an e-mail network with other students at LAVC (even when they attend at different
times of day)
an opportunity to give support to those just getting started (after you have
up-to-the-minute counseling in this changing field and information about transfer
participants a voice in selection of times the courses they need are offered
that the courses required for preparation are offered at least once every
about the required courses that are coming up.
Membership in the TPA is free to LAVC future teachers.
To Get Started to become part of the TPA program:
an e-mail account. If you have one already, that is fine. If not, as an LAVC
student, you are entitled to a FREE account. Just go to the LAVC
Student E-mail web page and follow the directions or go to the
Writing Center or LAIR on campus for help in setting up your own FREE
Dr. La Vergne Rosow, TPA Director, at (818) 947-2591 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Provide her with your name, e-mail address, snail-mail address, phone number,
number of units you are taking this semester, teaching focus (elementary or
special education), and the TPA counselor you are seeing.
one of the counselors to set up your TPA program
- Some of the most recommended transfer courses are:
* Education 203 (also available through PACE)
* History 86 (also available through PACE)
* Child Development 45
* Linguistics 1
* Speech 103 or English 105
- Make an appointment with a counselor for specific
advisement on what courses you need next.
the schedule of classes for more information on
these classes. Your counselor will advise which ones are appropriate for your
these interesting links when you have browsing time:
ITC has many interesting distance education links.
California Basic Educational Skills Test(tm) (CBEST®) The CBEST must be
taken before entering most university teaching programs. It is required
of all public school teachers in California. You may start preparing
for it now. It is a good idea to take it at your earliest convenience.
If you don't pass, you may take it over.
Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA®) This is a reading test
every new teacher must take. It is designed to go with a teaching
This site gives information on
testing, credentials, and the credential processes.
California Content Standards and Frameworks
are linked to this page. Some can be downloaded and some can be read