The Charter School of Education operates a Bilingual Center that is
housed in the Division of Educational Foundations and Interdivisional Studies.
This center functions as the administrative unit for federal funds that
support the following bilingual activities:
- B.C.C. Short-Term Training. Classes in bilingual methodologies and the history and culture of language minority children are provided for classroom teachers preparing for the Bilingual Certificate of Competence exam. Classes are offered on campus and at school sites in Los Angeles County.
- Distribution of Bilingual Materials. Under the title of Evaluation, Dissemination, and Assessment Center, curriculum materials and texts are produced and distributed for use in bilingual programs at every level from kindergarten to university.
- Educational Personnel Training Program. Stipends are provided for nearly one hundred bilingual students to pursue course work leading to the doctorate in Special Education.
Center for Excellence in Early Intervention
Housed in the Division of Special Education, the center was founded to create a model program for training early intervention professionals. Its objectives include developing, demonstrating, and evaluating the best practices in early intervention service delivery to young children with special needs and their families; providing early intervention training to professional, paraprofessionals, and parents; developing and evaluating early intervention training and service delivery materials for dissemination to special educators, child development specialists, speech clinicians, allied health professionals, social workers, psychologists, physicians, and parents; and developing and operating a media and material library about early intervention.
Center for Multicultural Education
The center's specific goals and objectives are to provide in-service training for faculty and staff, and pre-service training to students about issues related to cultural pluralism, diversity, and multicultural education. The center can also provide assistance to faculty seeking a greater degree of infusion of multiculturalism into their curriculum. The center provides technical assistance to school districts, and offers a Saturday morning field experience for Cal State L.A students who tutor students from the community who are at educational risk.
Pacific Rim Institute
A consortium created by Cal State L.A. and a group of Asian and U.S. firms to increase exchanges and improve communication and understanding between their corporate cultures, the institute seeks to provide managers in both U.S. and Pacific Asian business communities the knowledge and skills needed for managing the challenge of cultural differences. It also endeavors to increase their effectiveness in working together in each other's environment. These goals are accomplished throughout the presentation of seminars, forums, and briefings.