Standard 2

Candidate Recruitment and Support

Candidates are recruited and supported in all educator preparation programs to ensure their success.

The education unit accepts applicants for its educator preparation programs based on clear criteria that include multiple measures of candidate qualifications.

Basic Credentials:

Advanced Credentials:

The education unit purposefully recruits and admits candidates to diversify the educator pool in California and provides the support, advice, and assistance to promote their successful entry and retention in the profession. 

Across all programs, efforts are made to recruit individuals who represent the diverse student populations served in our region. Worth noting is that Fresno State serves a population of students that largely comes from the region which we serve and thereby reflects the region’s diversity: Over 60% of our students are first-generation college students and over 53% identify as Latinx. Within our Preliminary Credential Programs, over two-thirds of our candidates identify as a race/ethnicity other than white.

For our Multiple Subject program, recruitment efforts begin even before students enter the university. The Kremen School of Education and Human Development holds the Title V Enseñamos grant, which partners with local community colleges to provide pathways for high school students into the Liberal Arts major and then into the Multiple Subject credential program. 

In recent years, our Liberal Studies program has developed a number of initiatives to support the pathway from undergraduate into and through the credential program. At Fresno State, the program has worked to develop cohorts of students who take all of their upper-division courses together and complete the program requirements--including MS program prerequisites--within two years. From there, they are equipped with both the academic knowledge and the support network to enter the MS credential program. Additionally, the Liberal Studies program has developed the Integrated Teacher Education Program, in partnership with College of the Sequoias, to create a two-year integrated Bachelor’s and Multiple Subject credential program available to students transferring into the university. 

For the Single Subject credential, discipline-specific coordinators housed in academic-area departments across the university work with undergraduates to ensure they have met the necessary prerequisites to enter the credential program. These coordinators  advise and teach undergraduate students as they consider the teaching profession, take pre-requisites, move through subject matter preparation programs and apply for the credential program. Additionally, once students enter the Single Subject Program, these coordinators teach methods courses and place credential candidates with mentor teachers for the final part of their field-based preparation.

Once students are admitted to one of the teaching credential programs, they have access to various advisors, both within our Center for Advising and Student Services, in their subject areas (for Single Subject and Advanced Credentials), and within the Office of Clinical Practice. Moreover, clinical coaches play an important role in supporting the growth and development of our candidates. 

This same type of support and recruitment occurs with each of the advanced credentials offered at Fresno State. Each program has a coordinator who oversees the recruitment and advising of applicants. When appropriate, recruitment begins at the undergraduate level, as exemplified by the School Nursing, School Social Work, and Deaf Education program. For other advanced credentials, such as the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, the program coordinator visits local school districts to actively recruit individuals to the program. Consequently, over 60% of regional school administrators received their credential from Fresno State.

Once individuals are admitted to a program, the program coordinators continue to provide support and guidance, in tandem with field-based coaches and supervisors. These individuals serve as critical supports and liaisons between the university and the candidates during the candidates' time in their program.

List of Personnel Positions Assigned to Supporting,
Advising, and Placing Candidates:

Office of Clinical Practice

  • Office of Clinical Practice Program Coordinator: Dr. Felipe Mercado
  • Office of Clinical Practice Program Assistant: Brenna Barks
  • Internship Program Assistant, Maria Vargas
  • FAST II Coordinator, Professor Ricci Ulrich

Center for Advising and Student Services

Kremen Advisors:

  • Ana Espinosa
  • Ivy Fitzpatrick
  • Jessica McVay
  • Semester Interns

State Credential Application Support:

Processing of all State Credentials (Initial and Advanced):

  • Sherri Nakashima, Credential Analyst

Program Admissions:

Applicants to all programs must complete the Cal State Apply 

Admissions Support

  • Renee Flores, MS, SS, Ed Specialist, Dual, & BAP Credential Program Admissions Analyst
  • Renee Petch, Graduate and Advanced Credential Program Admissions Analyst

Program Coordinators and Subject Area Advisors:

  • Agriculture Specialist: Dr. Rosco Vaughn, Dr. Art Parham, and Dr. Steve Rocca
  • Bilingual Authorization: Dr. Ana Soltero-Lopez
  • Deaf Education: Dr. Janice Smith-Warshaw
  • Early Childhood Education: Dr. Imelda Basurto 
  • Education Administration: Dr. Jennifer Moradian Watson
  • Education Specialist: Cheryl McDonald
  • Multiple Subject: Dr. Heather Horsley
  • Reading/Language Arts: Dr. Maria Goff
  • School Counseling: Dr. Dominiqua Griffin 
  • School Nurse Services: Patricia Gomes, M.Ed, PHN, RN and Barbara Miller, MSN, PNP, RN
  • School Psychologist: Dr. Marilyn Wilson 
  • School Social Work: Dr. Andrea Carlin 
  • Single Subject: Dr. Imelda Basurto
    • Agriculture Education: Dr. Rosco Vaughn, Dr. Art Parham, and Dr. Steve Rocca
    • Art Education: Dr. Ah Ran Koo
    • English Education: Dr. Alison Mandaville
    • Industrial Technology: Professor Darnell Austin
    • Mathematics: Dr. Rajee Amarasinghe, Dr. Agnes Tuska, and Dr. Lance Burger
    • Music Education: Dr. Tony Mowrer and Dr. Emily Mason
    • Physical Education: Dr. Dawn Lewis
    • Sciences: Dr. David Andrews, Dr. Jaime Arvizu, Dr. Ali Hansen
    • Social Sciences: Dr. Neil Conner and Professor Robin Sischo
    • World Languages (French): Dr. Natalie Munoz
    • World Languages (Spanish): Dr. Maria Dolores Morillo
  • Speech Language Pathology: Dr. Sabrina Nii and Dr. Fran Pomaville

Academic Supports for Students:

Program-Specific Recruitment & Support Details:

Agricultural Specialist Credential

Link to Admission Requirement

Student Recruitment Materials 

Program-Specific Advisors and Placement Personnel 

  • Dr. Rosco Vaughn, Professor, Ag. Credential Program Coordinator & Final Student Teacher Placement Advisor
  • Dr. Steven Rocca, Professor, Ag. Credential Program Admission Advisor
  • Dr. Art Parham, Professor, Ag. Initial Student Teacher Placement Advisor 
  • Dr. Sharon Freeman Assistant Professor Undergraduate Advisor

Bilingual Authorization Program

Link to Admission Requirement

Student Recruitment Materials 

Program-Specific Advisors and Placement Personnel 

  • Ana K. Soltero Lopez, BAP coordinator & faculty, CSU Fresno
  • Marivel Bravo-Mendosa, academic counselor, CSU Fresno
  • Patricia D. Lopez, BAP faculty and Ensenamos Director, CSU Fresno
  • Dori Trujillo, Ensenamos research assistant, CSU Fresno
  • Gladys Villanueva, Ensenamos research assistant, CSU Fresno
  • Jessica Loera, Ensenamos research assistant, CSU Fresno

Deaf Education Credential

Link to Admission Requirement

Student Recruitment Materials 

Program-Specific Advisors and Placement Personnel 

  • Janice Smith-Warshaw, Deaf Education Program Coordinator
  • Fran Pomaville, Graduate School Coordinator

Early Childhood Education Specialist Credential

Link to Admission Requirement

Student Recruitment Materials 

Program-Specific Advisors and Placement Personnel 

  • Heather Horsley, ex-ECE Program Coordinator and ECE Program Faculty:  Monica Bllen, Feiyen Chen and Pei-Ying Wu 

Education Administration Services Credential

Link to Admission Requirement

Student Recruitment Materials 

Program-Specific Advisors and Placement Personnel 

  • Jennifer Watson, PASC Coordinator, provides all face-to-face and virtual presentations and serves as the advisor to all candidates throughout the three semester program

Education Specialist Credential

Link to Admission Requirement

Student Recruitment Materials 

Program-Specific Advisors and Placement Personnel 

Program Description Webpage

ES Information Sessions

Recruitment:

Recruiting Materials [in folder]:

ES and Dual Credentials:

  • Cheryl McDonald, Coordinator, Education Specialist and Dual Credential Programs

Master of Arts in Special Education 

  • Dr. William Garnett, Graduate Coordinator, Master of Arts in Special Education

Multiple Subject Credential

Link to Admission Requirement

Student Recruitment Materials 

Program-Specific Advisors and Placement Personnel 

Admission Requirements Program Description webpage

Residency Partnerships:

  • Heather Horsley, PhD - Program Coordinator and advisor to students in the program

Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential and Added Authorization

Link to Admission Requirement

Student Recruitment Materials 

Program-Specific Advisors and Placement Personnel 

Promotional Flyers: 

  • Maria Goff, PhD - program coordinator and advisor to students in program

School Counseling Services Credential

Link to Admission Requirement

Student Recruitment Materials 

Program-Specific Advisors and Placement Personnel 

  • PPS Program Coordinator (Dr. Dominiqua Griffin)
  • CER Dept Faculty (All of the core faculty are assigned to advise the students in the dept)

http://fresnostate.edu/kremen/academics/departments/cer.html 

School Nurse Services Credential 

Link to Admission Requirement

Student Recruitment Materials 

Program-Specific Advisors and Placement Personnel 

Coordinators of SNSC Program: 
  • Patricia Gomes RN
  • Barbara Miller RN

School Psychology Services Credential

Link to Admission Requirement

Student Recruitment Materials 

Program-Specific Advisors and Placement Personnel 

  • Marilyn Wilson, Ph.D., NCSP. Program Coordinator 

School Social Work & Child Welfare & Attendance Services Credential

Link to Admission Requirement

Student Recruitment Materials 

Program-Specific Advisors and Placement Personnel 

 

Single Subject Credential

Link to Admission Requirement

Student Recruitment Materials 

Program-Specific Advisors and Placement Personnel 

  • Dr. Imelda Basurto, Single Subject Program Coordinator
  • Renee Flores, Kremen Admission Analyst
  • Kremen Admission Advisors:  Ivy Fitzpatrick, Ana Espinoza, Jessica McVay  

Speech Language Pathology Credential

Link to Admission Requirement

Student Recruitment Materials 

Program-Specific Advisors and Placement Personnel 

  • Fran Pomaville, PhD, CCC-SLP Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator
  • Sabrina Nii, M.S., CCC-SLP,Clinic Director

Appropriate information and personnel are clearly identified and accessible to guide each candidate’s attainment of program requirements.

Information is available through Program Review submission at http://fresnostate.edu/kremen/about/cctc/index.html

Evidence regarding progress in meeting competency and performance expectations is consistently used to guide advisement and candidate support efforts. A clearly defined process is in place to identify and support candidates who need additional assistance to meet competencies.

Information is available through Program Review submission at http://fresnostate.edu/kremen/about/cctc/index.html

 

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