Saturday, March 02, 2002

Colleges target mid-career makeovers

        Around the Tristate, universities and colleges are launching programs to help mid-career professionals become teachers. They include:

        • Cincinnati Public Schools and the University of Cincinnati are partnering to use the State's fast-track secondary school teacher licensure program. About 30 science and math professionals can obtain an Ohio Alternative Educator License for free, if they commit to work in Cincinnati Public Schools. • Northern Kentucky University this school year began a five-semester fast-track program for people with undergraduate degrees to get teaching credentials and a master's degree in 18 months to two years. Forty-one people are in the program.

        • Thomas More College in January approved a new route to teacher certification for adult degree-holders who want to become middle- and high-school teachers in about two years.

        • The College of Mount St. Joseph is partnering with Cincinnati Public Schools to launch a one-year Teacher Education Apprenticeship Master's (TEAM) program. Students complete course work for a master's with a focus on early childhood education and at completion are eligible for teacher licensure for preschool through grade three.

        • Xavier University is creating an accelerated early childhood licensure program beginning in May geared to career-changers.The course work could be completed in less than two years. This year's 25 positions are filled.

— Jennifer Mrozowski



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