College of Education

Department of Liberal Studies

Teacher Pathway Programs

The first two Hartnell-CSUMB TPP Cohorts visiting the CSUMB campus.
  • (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. Ondine Gage

Teacher Pathway Program Director


Ms. Sasha Kingsley 

COE Special Programs - TPP Advisor & Coordinator




Dr. Antonio Gallardo

TPP Student Support & Recruitment/Outreach Coordinator



CSUMB Vision 2020 Campaign features Teacher Pathway Programs (June 22, 2020)

KSBW Feature Story: CSUMB's Teacher Pathway Program Gets Boost from Hearst Foundation (January 9, 2020)

King City Rustler: TPP Student and Program Featured at King City Education Center Expansion Groundbreaking Ceremony (December 18, 2019)

Teacher Pathway Program Grant to Help Expand Program in Region (July 30, 2019)

KSBW Feature Story: Teacher Pathway Program Bridges the Lettuce Curtain Divide (June 18, 2019)

King City Rustler Feature Story: South County Cohort of Teaching Students Graduate from Hartnell (May 19, 2019)

Hartnell-CSUMB Teacher Pathway Program Receives Funding to Support Continued Program Growth (August 2018)

First Teacher Pathway Cohort graduates from Hartnell with their AA-T in Elementary Education (May 2018)

Growing Our Own: CSUMB Magazine profiles our students' first visit to campus. (December 2017)

CSUMB Welcomes TPP Students to Campus (September 22, 2017)

Teacher Pathway Program receives generous donation at 6th annual Mariachi festival on September 9th.

Teacher Pathway Program welcomes second cohort of future educators (Soledad Bee, August 16, 2017).