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Recruitment Strategies

This page includes a searchable database of strategies, programs, and reports related to the recruitment of teachers, something we also think about as activating the desire within many students to serve their communities in a meaningful way, with a special emphasis on recruiting for diversity. Specific characteristics of future teachers are listed when the resource specifically targets those populations. Resources can be searched by keyword and filtered by population and/or type of resource.

We welcome new strategy suggestions; you may submit them using the Recruitment and Strategies Suggestion form. Generally, these resources are available at no cost or through a subscription carried by CSU campus libraries.

View a list of barriers to teaching that have been used to address some of the real and perceived obstacles that teaching candidates face.

We welcome new ideas for activating and recruiting future teachers; use the Recruitment Strategies form to submit additional suggestions to the list.

Work with your IT Division to create a method by which you can identify future teachers at the undergraduate level (especially for campuses that do not have undergrad programs within their College of Education).

Submitted by: Aimee Nelson Populations: Bilingual Education, Community College, High School, Math, Other graduate, Paraprofessionals, Science, Special Education, Students of color, Undergraduate Strategies: Applications, surveys, etc.

​Take advantage of public advertising opportunities via the campus marquee, posters, bus or train ticker tape, etc.  Provide URL and QR Codes when possible for interested parties.

Submitted by: Fred Uy Populations: Community College, High School, Other graduate, Undergraduate Strategies: Advertising

We advertise widely to attract people into our MSTI-Teaching Assistant, CBEST and CSET preparation courses as well as into our math and science credential programs.​

Submitted by: CSU Northridge Populations: Math, Science, Undergraduate Strategies: Advertising, Test prep assistance

​The Committee has established a Be a Teacher Pathway (BAT), a local version of CSU EduCorps. Everyone involved in teacher recruitment encourages students to sign up for the BAT. The students who sign up receive a personalized email invitation from faculty who have signed on as first responders.

Submitted by: CSU San Marcos Populations: Undergraduate Strategies: Financial assistance, Social media

In 2014, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) created The Black & Hispanic/Latino Male Teachers Initiative Networked Improvement Community to help teacher education institutions increase the number of Black and Hispanic/Latino men earning teaching credentials.

Submitted by: Ken Futernick Populations: Community College, High School, Students of color, Undergraduate Strategies: Advising and mentoring, Early field experiences, Financial assistance, Test prep assistance

Call Me MISTER (acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models), first developed at Clemson University, now operates on over 20 colleges in South Carolina, with national partner schools in nine other states. The project is designed to expand the pool of male teachers with diverse backgrounds.

Submitted by: Ken Futernick Populations: Community College, Students of color, Undergraduate Strategies: Advising and mentoring, Financial assistance, SCTA and other clubs, Test prep assistance

CSU Dominguez Hills utilizes a massive public-facing electronic sign situated on the corner of campus in a very high-traffic intersection that invites anyone interested in a career in education to attend our monthly information sessions.

Submitted by: John Davis Populations: Community College, High School, Other graduate, Undergraduate Strategies: Advertising

​California State University, Bakersfield has worked with the TEACH grant, TQP Kern Rural Teacher Residency, Bechtel funded Kern Urban Teacher Residency, and the CSUB FabLab to address the state teacher shortage through inviting the community and current CSUB students to attend various on-campus events that encourage Sin

Submitted by: CSU Bakersfield Populations: Community College, Credential Student, Math, Science, Undergraduate Strategies: Special events