Central Valley Higher Education Consortium will work in collaboration with several universities to provide current high school teachers opportunities to receive master’s degrees in English and mathematics so that they can teach dual enrollment courses on their current campuses. This project will expand the reach of CVHEC’s initial project with Fresno Pacific to include feeder schools to Merced College, Madera College, Reedley College, West Hills College Coalinga, and West Hills College Lemoore.
The master’s degree programs will be offered online and will be both flexible and rigorous. The end result will be the competition of California community college minimum qualifications for ambitious high school teachers. In collaboration with K-16, CVHEC hopes to greatly increase the number of high school teachers able to teach dual enrollment. In English and math, each cohort will have about 20 students participating in the master’s degree programs at the same time. The program will also work to decrease the cost of obtaining a master’s degree for participating teachers through scholarships and fellowships. One of the positive outcomes will be that high school students in expanded geographic areas and/or disproportionately impacted communities will have the opportunity to successfully complete transferable college credits while still in high school. Teachers will also have an opportunity for salary advancement once they have completed their master’s degree program.