Department Chair: Dr. Ferdinand Rivera

As the oldest public teacher preparatory school in California, the SJSU Department of Elementary Education has a well-established reputation for being one of the finest available. Teaching is a profession that involves norms and expectations, and all K-8 teachers in California are expected to teach the new content and practice standards in a coherent, focused, and rigorous manner. The curriculum prepares students to become ethical and social justice oriented teachers who create relevant, rigorous, transformative educational experiences, attuned to students’ academic, cultural, linguistic, social, and emotional needs.

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