Utica College Offers Teacher Preparation Programs to Ease Teacher Shortage

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Accelerated program allows aspiring teachers to secure full-time employment in local schools.

In response to an unprecedented teacher shortage in New York State, Utica College has created an accelerated Teacher Certification Program that allows aspiring teachers to secure full-time employment in local schools via an alternative pathway to certification.
           
The program was designed for those who hold bachelor degrees in high-need areas (English, French, social studies, Spanish, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, mathematics or technology). Thanks to a partnership with more than 30 local schools, students who complete an intensive summer course of study and pass required teaching exams will earn the Transitional B Certificate and secure a full-time teaching job by fall 2018. Candidates then have up to five years to finish the remaining master's in education coursework under UC mentorship.
 
UC's program is a targeted response to the statewide teacher shortage, making it easier for aspiring teachers to fill vacant positions at schools with the highest need. With many area teachers at or near retirement age, the New York State Department of Education predicts that 32 percent of public school teachers will retire by 2022; New York State will need more than 180,000 new teachers per year over the next decade to meet growing student enrollment.
 
Utica College's program is one of only 17 in New York State offering the Transitional B teaching certificate, and the only program of its kind in Central New York.

“This program is ideal for people who are already in careers but want to make the switch to teaching,” says John Rowe, executive director of graduate admissions at UC. “It prepares teachers faster and gets them in classrooms where they're needed most."

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