Apr. 27—Starting subsequent yr, the Vigo County School Corp. will totally implement a brand new education professions twin credit score pathway that hopefully will encourage extra college students to enter educating.
The college board authorized 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 educating, particularly in scarcity areas, mentioned Doug Dillion, district CTE curriculum coordinator.
The initiative is a part of the state Next Level Programs of Study, aimed toward higher directing college students towards a profession path. “It modernizes lots of profession pathways that wanted updating,” Dillion mentioned.
With the up to date education professions pathway, college students might earn up to 15 school credit.
The first yr, 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 yr.
The second yr, 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 trainer. The programs would happen all yr.
By having college students at ISU, “This provides us a chance to get them launched to school professors, the College of Education and likewise present them the a number of routes” in educating they’ll pursue, Dillion mentioned.
Students would be taught extra about educating alternatives in center and highschool in addition to specialty areas, he mentioned. “We want a greater avenue to introduce and present them, hey, science education is enjoyable. If they go see that large stunning science constructing on the school and see what science ed lessons are like in school, they could pursue that.”
The best want proper now could be in particular education, Dillion mentioned. Other areas embody know-how 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 give you the option to switch to ISU and different establishments as nicely, he mentioned.
VCSC plans to share it is new program with the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet and the purpose is for different college districts within the area to profit from this system, Dillion mentioned.
The most ISU might cost college students for tuition could be $25 per credit score hour, though the lessons would have to be free for college students on free/decreased lunch, Dillion mentioned.
Some grants could also be obtainable to assist tackle these prices, he mentioned.
The board additionally authorized plans for a 2022 summer season college program for incoming Ok-2 college students at every elementary college. It would supply time for college students to strengthen tutorial abilities prior to the beginning of a brand new college yr.
The voluntary program would run from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 1-5. Transportation might be provided.
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