Accredited teaching credential program recruits aspiring teachers

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Lake County’s teaching credential program Teach Lake County Program, or TLC, was recently accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for its multiple subject teaching credential.

TLC is a partnership between Lake and Mendocino County Offices of Education, and previously operated as a satellite program of the North Coast School of Education.

“We are thrilled to be providing a local, high-quality educational opportunity for Lake and Mendocino county residents to earn their teaching credential,” said Lake County Superintendent of Schools Brock Falkenberg.

The TLC program offers a pathway for people with bachelor’s degrees to obtain their teaching credential in multiple subjects (elementary school) or mild/moderate special education.

“TLC develops teachers who are committed to the community and have the skills and perspectives necessary to support our kids,” Jamie Buckner-Bridges, director of Teach Lake County at the Lake County Office of Education said.

TLC is recruiting for its fifth cohort. This class of students will begin in January 2022.

"We've tried to solve the local teacher shortage by looking outward to recruit and train, and it hasn't been effective,” Buckner-Bridges said. “Teach Lake County provides a different approach. We are a local program, developed and led by local educators, that provides opportunities to local residents”

TLC’s mild/moderate special education credential is still operated through NCSE. TLC expects to receive its accreditation from CTC for the special education credential as soon as the State of California finalizes the new special education teaching credential curriculum requirements.

If you are interested in earning your teaching credential through the Teach Lake County program, visit