El Camino College



The Teacher Preparation Pipeline (TPP) program at El Camino College (ECC) establish pipelines to offer preparation for career technical training in various high-demand Career and Technical Education (CTE) industry sectors, while continuing to provide academic preparation in a real world, experiential learning context.

TPP emphasis is on addressing the critical need in California for teachers with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) backgrounds. California’s demand for new math and science teachers in the next 10 years is expected to exceed 33,000, far surpassing the number of STEM teachers that the state is expected to produce. In addition, an estimated 51,500 openings for elementary school teachers and 31,100 jobs for secondary school teachers will occur statewide between 2010 and 2020. Despite the increased need for new teachers, fewer college students are choosing careers as teachers.

To help combat this future crisis, the El Camino TPP program offers the following:

  • Teacher Assistant/Intern positions with stipends available to current ECC students – allowing students to connect course content with application in real-life classrooms.
  • Mentoring program with stipends available for the mentor – providing students with a mentor that has traveled through the educational pipeline into STEM or CTE teaching.
  • Job shadowing program – immersing students in the world of work, to get first-hand information about teaching skills and career opportunities. Bringing students into the workplace to see a STEM or CTE teacher at work gives them an introduction to the classroom and business setting.
  • One-on-one counseling with a designated CTE counselor – students can meet with a designated CTE counselor, at least twice a semester, and develop an educational plan.
  • Professional Development Activities – provide faculty and staff development to secondary and post-secondary institutions and business/industry representatives to provide teacher preparation-related information and direction.
  • Provide information and assistance to skilled professionals – assisting them one-on-one in obtaining their Designated Subjects Credential in an appropriate, related CTE field. Job placement assistance provided, as needed, on a case-by-case basis.
  • Provide Teacher Assistant/Intern positions with stipends available to skilled professionals – allowing skilled professionals to connect course content with application in real-life classrooms. Evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Please visit the El Camino College Teacher Preparation Pipeline webpage