Center for Careers in Education

Center for Careers in Education

Teacher Preparation Institute (TPI)

Welcome to the Teacher Preparation Institute! We provide support and services to students by helping them choose classes and make transfer decisions, so they may successfully transfer to a four-year institution to complete an undergraduate program (B.A. or B.S.) and enter a teaching credential program in elementary, secondary or special education teaching. Mt. SAC also offers an Associate Degree for instructional aides.

To learn more about our program and the support and services we offer, attend an orientation session.



Did you know?
  • Currently there are more than 5.8 million TK-12 students in California and more than 300,000 teachers
  • According to the California Department of Education, the demand for teachers will continue to grow as almost 160,000 of those teachers are expected to retire in the next 10 years
  • Instructional aides will also be needed, especially to assist students with special needs.  
  • The greatest need areas for teachers are in the subject areas of special education, math, and science.
  • There is a critical shortage of males teaching in elementary schools
  • Teachers from diverse cultural backgrounds are underrepresented in all K-12 classrooms.
  • To become a credential teacher requires completion of a Bachelor's Degree and courses in a credential program at a 4-year college (typically offered in the Department of Education)
  • In this area of California, a new teacher's annual salary is approximately $54,000 for a 9 or 10 month responsibility. During summers, teachers can earn more money in teaching summer school. 
  • There are many financial incentives for teachers: state income tax reductions, mortgage assistance and student loan forgiveness.
  • Those who already have a Bachelor's Degree should have their transcripts evaluated at the university where they wish to get their teaching credential. Many of the courses taken in any major will qualify for the elementary or secondary path toward a credential, so it is likely that students with degrees will not take many community college courses. However, while taking those Mt. SAC courses, students are welcome to join TPI.

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Featured Events
Study group
Volunteer Opportunities

Step Up Tutoring
In collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Teacher Prep is excited to announce a great volunteer opportunity: Step Up Tutoring.  Volunteers will work with LAUSD's underserved communities, virtually tutoring 4th through 6th grade students.

Volunteer at Walnut Valley USD                                      Walnut Valley Unified School District is currently seeking after school program volunteers for the 2023-2024 school year who can help ELD (English Language Development) students with their homework.

Student teacher teaching elementary students

The first step to becoming a member of the Teacher Preparation Center is to attend an Orientation Session. To find out the kinds of support and services provided to future teachers and aides who are in this program, attend a 60 minute Orientation. 

Registration is required and available on the TPI Orientation page.

A photo of a orientation group in the classroom
TPI Perks
Office Staff

Dr. Frank Gomez, TPI Coordinator & English Professor
(909) 274-5254 or 

Veronica Baeza, TPI Specialist
(909) 274-5250 or 



Office Hours (Spring 2024)

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday-Sunday: CLOSED

Building 26A-1610

TPI Office
(909) 274-4190
Fax: (909) 468-4118