There is a significant teacher shortage in California and San Francisco, one that diproportionately affects low-income students of color because teacher turnover rates are much higher in underserved communities. In addition, low-income students of color often have limited access to the teaching profession, even if they have success as community leaders working with youth.
Well known for graduating a majority of the Bay Area’s teachers and leaders, SF State Graduate College of Education's Center for Future Educator Pathways addresses critical needs in the recruitment, preparation and retention of high quality educators from a diversity of backgrounds. The Center focuses on developing seamless pathways into educator preparation programs, expanding future educator outreach and recruitment efforts, addressing barriers for future educator candidates, providing coordinated services and support to help candidates succeed, and aligning educator preparation with the current needs of local schools and communities.
California is facing a major educator shortage of about 21,500 positions, a shortage expected to persist due to an aging workforce retiring in large numbers and a diminishing pipeline of future educators.
The goal for the Center is $3,000,000