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Fullerton Future Teachers

chair with texbooks and apple on top If you enjoy working with kids in a classroom setting then our Freshman Future Teachers learning community will get you headed in the right direction!

This learning community is designed for those planning to be K-12th grade teachers.

The Fullerton Future Teachers learning community is an academic year-long experience (fall and spring semesters) for first-time freshmen. It focuses on helping prospective K-12th grade teachers develop a solid network on- and off- campus while earning their degree and preparing for a teaching credential. In collaboration with the Center for Careers in Teaching, you will explore and get assistance with charting an academic and career path just right for you!

Why join this learning community?

  • Stay on-track with support from our freshman-friendly faculty, advisers, professional staff and peer mentors; as well as other department services
  • Graduate on time with academic coaching and 4-year graduation planning
  • Learn information literacy and library research skills
  • Be mentored by an upper-division student
  • Participate in service learning to gain hands-on experience working in a K-12 classroom
  • Make new lifelong friendships

What can I look forward to?

  • Get the right start with University Studies 100
  • Develop connections with students and faculty in the Liberal Studies, Child and Adolescent Studies, and Education departments
  • Introduction to the Subject Matter Standards for multiple and single subject teachers and the California Standards for Teaching Professionals (CSTP)
  • Meet other students in the Freshman Programs computer and study areas called the Lava Lounge
  • Gain knowledge of the range of academic and student support services, clubs and organizations available to help you meet your goals (i.e. Freshman Programs Student Association)
  • Attend academic field trips in the fall and spring semester which are FREE for Freshman Program students!
  • Live on campus and extend your learning community experience by participating in the First Year Connection located in Pine Residence Hall

My First-Year-In-Review

Below you find a snapshot of the courses you might take within the Fullerton Future Teachers learning community.  There are some majors that require specific courses as well as Early Start Program requirements which may alter this schedule. Rest assured that we advise each student based on their circumstances.

Fall Semester
Course Name Units
University Studies 100 1 unit
English or Human Communications 3 units
Math 3 - 5 units
Linked GE course 3 units

Examples of possible Linked
General Education (GE) Courses:

  • Geology 102 (3 units)
  • Art 101 (3 units)
Spring Semester
Course Name Units
University Studies 100B
(includes service learning component)
2 units
Course from Major/GE course 3 units
English or Human Communications 3 units
Math (if required by major) 3 - 5 units
Linked GE course 3 units

Examples of possible Linked
General Education (GE) Courses:

  • Reading 290 (3 units)
  • Geography 100 (3 units)

It's Easy to Apply!


Be admitted to CSUF as a first-time freshman student (college transfer students are not eligible). Contact the Office of Admission and Records with admissions questions, 657.278.7601.


Complete the online Application today. First consideration will be given to students who apply by May 1.  Applications will be accepted until all spaces in the program are filled. You may also contact Freshman Programs by email at or visit our office in Langsdorf Hall (LH) 216.

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All incoming freshman students must attend New Student Orientation (NSO). To join Freshman Programs, students are required to attend NSO. Please visit for NSO registration information.