Zeppos to represent private, nonprofit universities on state commission for teacher credentialing

Christine Zeppos

School of Education Dean Christine Zeppos, Ed.D., will represent private, nonprofit institutions in the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities with the commission that determines teacher credentialing in California.

The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) appointed Christine Zeppos, dean of the Brandman University School of Education, to serve as the association’s representative on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). She begins serving in April.

The CTC sets standards for educator preparation for the public schools of California, determines the licensing and credentialing of professional educators in the state, enforces professional practices and is responsible for the discipline of credential holders in California.

“It is a huge honor to represent these 79 institutions,” said Zeppos. She will be one of four higher education appointees joining the three representing the California State University (CSU), the University of California (UC) and California community colleges (CCC) systems. The governor appoints 14 voting members and the state superintendent, or a designee, serves as the 15th voting member. 

Her “experience and deep understanding of the teaching profession” make her well-prepared for the role, wrote Kristen F. Soares, president of AICCU, in making the appointment.

“My main goal is to make sure the private, nonprofit institutions are seen as a large, unified voice so that we are heard, not just at the commission level but also in the legislature,” Zeppos said.

The AICCU represents universities from throughout the state and as diverse in size as USC (43,401 total enrollment) and Providence Christian College (147 total enrollment).

The challenge for private, nonprofit universities is reminding others that they have been responsible for 43 percent of the educator preparation in the state and that they’re available in every community in California.

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