Starting subsequent 12 months, the Vigo County School Corp. will absolutely implement a brand new education professions twin credit score pathway that hopefully will encourage extra college students to enter instructing.
The faculty board accepted this system Monday. It is a joint effort between VCSC and Indiana State University.
One of the targets is to encourage college students to enter instructing, particularly in scarcity areas, mentioned Doug Dillion, district CTE curriculum coordinator.
The initiative is a part of the state Next Level Programs of Study, geared toward higher directing college students towards a profession path. “It modernizes a lot of career pathways that needed updating,” Dillion mentioned.
With the up to date education professions pathway, college students may earn up to 15 school credit.
The first 12 months, college students would take two dual-credit programs at the highschool, Principles of Teaching and the Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence, which embody statement hours. Both programs are three credit score hours every and would happen all 12 months.
The second 12 months, college students would go to ISU’s Bayh College of Education for a three-hour block to take three programs: the Exceptional Learner within the Regular Classroom; Children’s Literature; and Education in a Multicultural Society.
Second-year programs could be taught by ISU school, and VCSC would pay 50% for the teacher. The programs would happen all 12 months.
By having college students at ISU, “This gives us an opportunity to get them introduced to college professors, the College of Education and also show them the multiple routes” in instructing they’ll pursue, Dillion mentioned.
Students would be taught extra about instructing alternatives in center and highschool in addition to specialty areas, he mentioned. “We need a better avenue to introduce and show them, hey, science education is fun. If they go see that big beautiful science building at the college and see what science ed classes are like in college, they might pursue that.”
The biggest want proper now’s in particular education, Dillion mentioned. Other areas embody expertise and engineering education, household and client sciences, greater degree math and science areas that embody chemistry, biology, botany, zoology and physics.
Students who full the pathway would have the opportunity to switch to ISU and different establishments as effectively, he mentioned.
VCSC plans to share it’s new program with the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet and the purpose is for different faculty districts within the area to profit from this system, Dillion mentioned.
The most ISU may cost college students for tuition could be $25 per credit score hour, though the courses would have to be free for college students on free/diminished lunch, Dillion mentioned.
Some grants could also be out there to assist tackle these prices, he mentioned.
The board additionally accepted plans for a 2022 summer season faculty program for incoming Okay-2 college students at every elementary faculty. It would supply time for college students to strengthen educational abilities prior to the beginning of a brand new faculty 12 months.
The voluntary program would run from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 1-5. Transportation will likely be supplied.
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