College of Education

Department of Liberal Studies

Teacher Pathway Programs

The first two Hartnell-CSUMB TPP Cohorts visiting the CSUMB campus.

The CSUMB Teacher Pathway Programs (TPP) are part of a CSUMB - Community College collaborative effort to "grow our own" future educators to address teacher shortages in our own tri-county region and state-wide, by offering a seamless academic pathway for students interested in pursuing teaching careers. The CSUMB College of Education has partnered with Hartnell College, Cabrillo College, and Monterey Peninsula College to design and implement curricular pipelines that offer students three different pathway options:

  • (1) a 2+2+1 pathway to complete the AA-T in Elementary Education in two years, the CSUMB Liberal Studies degree in two years, and a CSUMB Elementary Education or Special Education Teacher Credential in one year,
  • (2) a 2+2 pathway to complete the AA-T in Elementary Education in two years, and a CSUMB Liberal Studies Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) in Elementary Education, Special Education, or Bilingual Elementary Education in two years, and
  • (3) a part-time AA-T Elementary Education pathway to transfer and complete a CSUMB Liberal Studies traditional BA or BA+Credential ITEP pathway.

The CSUMB Teacher Pathway Programs offer education pathway students curricula, resources, and support from both their Community College and CSUMB such as tutoring, cohort-based enrollment, enrichment and pre-professional workshops, priority registration, stipends, targeted academic advising, and mentorship. The core of our collaborative teacher pathway programs is a commitment to eliminate barriers that have traditionally kept Latino and other underrepresented students from achieving their goal of becoming teachers. Elements that are essential to the success of the teacher pathway programs include the following:

  • (a) fully articulated transfer agreements between CSUMB and the local Community Colleges,
  • (b) a commitment each Community College and CSUMB to fully offer all program courses at a time and in a schedule that is accessible for program participants,
  • (c) a commitment from Community Colleges and CSUMB to provide leadership, faculty, and staff that offer students wrap around supports to ensure the success of all TPP participants,
  • (d) a commitment from partner K-12 districts and county offices of education to support the project in recruitment and program delivery, and
  • (e) a commitment from all participating agencies to establish meaningful support mechanisms for the highly diverse, mostly first generation TPP students to ensure that all barriers are removed.

These essential Teacher Pathway Program elements are aimed at developing and sustaining a teacher workforce who come from our tri-county communities, and who represent and will serve as role models for current and future K-12 students in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. Each Teacher Pathway Program has its own unique features to best meet the needs of local students.

Hartnell-CSUMB TPP Logo

A unique feature of the Hartnell College - CSUMB Teacher Pathway Program is that both the Hartnell and CSUMB curricula are offered in students home communities in South Monterey County at the Hartnell King City Education Center or in Salinas at the Hartnell College main campus. There are currently four cohorts of Hartnell-CSUMB TPP students, two working on their AA-T in Elementary Education at the Hartnell main campus, and two cohorts working on their BA in Liberal Studies at the King City Education Center. A fifth cohort is being recruited for Fall 2020 who will complete the program in King City.

Cabrillo-CSUMB TPP Logo

A unique feature of the Cabrillo College - CSUMB Teacher Pathway Program is the partnership with the Pajaro Valley Unified School District to offer high school students and school staff who are the AA-T Elementary Education coursework at the Cabrillo Watsonville Center, and the opportunity to transfer in to one of the Integrated Teacher Education Program pathways in Elementary Education, Special Education, or Bilingual Elementary Education or the Liberal Studies BA pathway following by a Teacher Credential program at CSUMB.

Dr. Deedee Perez-Granados

Teacher Pathway Program Director


Phone: (831) 582-4322

Ms. Margaret Dominguez

Interim TPP Coordinator



Dr. Antonio Gallardo

TPP Student Support & Recruitment/Outreach Coordinator



Ms. Kamille Stevens

TPP Project Assistant