National University to Offer Teacher Education Programs in Contra Costa County Through Partnership with John F. Kennedy University

To help meet a need to prepare qualified teachers for unfilled teaching positions in Contra Costa County, the National University Sanford College of Education will expand its offerings to the John F. Kennedy campus in Pleasant Hill, following the approval this month from the WASC Senior College and University Commission. National University and JFK University are part of the National University System, a group of nonprofit universities and education-related affiliates dedicated to providing education programs aligned with workforce and regional needs. The partnership reflects the strategic plans of both universities, which strive to create academic pathways to address the needs of communities by preparing students to effectively contribute to positive change in the region.

The collaboration, which has been developed in coordination with the region’s superintendents, creates new professional pathways for teachers by allowing National University to offer at the JFK University Pleasant Hill campus two master’s degree programs: a Master of Science degree in special education and a Master of Education in teaching degree (multiple-subject credential). Both programs will be led by full-time faculty from the National University Sanford College of Education, which prepares more teachers for credentials than any other university in the state of California.

“The National University System is fulfilling its strategic mission in identifying innovative educational collaborations that put students first while meeting critical needs in the regions we serve,” said Dr. Michael R. Cunningham, Chancellor of the National University System. “We are very pleased to offer, through this unique partnership, unparalleled access to National University’s quality teaching programs at JFK University that support the great work of…

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