Students get paid to experience teaching

Evelyn Caicedo

The Teacher Pipeline Preparation (TPP) program is offering a $10 per hour wage for students who desire hands-on experience in a secondary education classroom in the role of educator.

The student would be working as a teacher’s assistant in high school courses such as science, mathematics, or the career and technical education courses offered through the Regional Occupation Program (ROP). Along with receiving a paycheck, the student who completes the course successfully gains four units transferable to California State University.

“This program is great because it is usually when the student is in the credential programs that they would be able to experience the classroom,” said Jorge Guerroro, TPP program technician. “But this program lets them explore very early on in their career and find out sooner that teaching is for them or not.”

TPP also invites students who enjoy certain hobbies such as photography or working on automobiles, and lets them discover they could be teaching their hobby as an actual career.

A student who successfully completed the program said in testimony that the experience in the actual classroom setting enabled the teaching assistants to develop both teaching as well as interpersonal skills.

“It is a great way to get classroom experience early on in your college career,” said another student, “and to be able to figure out if teaching is something that they would want to do.”

Those interested in this internship opportunity must enroll in the class listed as EDUC 150, which begins Jan. 31 and ends May 19 on Monday evenings from 6 to 8:50 p.m. with instructor Brian Devaney. Part of the course requirement is the 40-hour paid internship that requires being in the classroom five hours per week.

In order to be accepted into the program the student would undergo an interview to assure they are knowledgeable in the subject area they will be teaching. They must also attend a TPP workshop.

Only 25 students are allowed to enter the paid internship per semester because the program is grant funded and it only allows a certain number of students.

Since the student will be hired as a Saddleback employee once accepted, the program must first fingerprint scan and test the student for tuberculosis.

The participating high schools are in of Saddleback Valley Unified School District and Capistrano Unified School District.

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