Classes to begin this fall

Great teachers are always in demand – now more than ever.

New offerings at Jackson College will help meet that demand. The College discontinued teacher education because of declining enrollment and demand, but now there is a greater interest at the local, state and national levels with some teacher shortages. To help meet this demand, Jackson College will bring back a teacher education program this fall.

“We are an institution that meets the needs of our public and our taxpayers, so we felt that it was important for us to explore revamping the education program,” said Dennis Baskin, dean of business and human services.

TWO TEACHING PATHS

The College will take a two-phase approach to teacher education. This fall introductory courses will allow interested students to learn about the teaching profession so they can decide if they want to transfer on to a university. Officials are working on transfer agreements with universities now to offer seamless transfer for students. A second phase will allow an alternative route to a teaching certificate for those who currently have a bachelor’s degree. Those who meet certain requirements, such as a minimum grade point, would be able to complete additional coursework in education to become certified through K-12. The College is currently working with the Michigan Department of Education to offer this opportunity and hopes to have it available by fall 2020 at the latest.

“Perhaps someone has a business degree, but they no longer desire to be in business. Now, they want to be a teacher,” Baskin said. “They can go to the alternative certification entity, go through the process and become certified.” The College would collaborate with local districts to offer job shadowing, mentoring and on-the-job training for K-12 teachers.

“It’s rewarding and prestigious to be a teacher. I think all professions have a connection with or impact from teachers. People who want to make a difference would want to explore becoming a teacher.”

Courses available this fall include:

EDU 221 EXPLORING TEACHING (3 credits) “What are the things prospective teachers beginning their formal study of teacher education should know?” Students will gain knowledge of the role of a professional teacher and education topics: schools, diverse students and their needs, historical and current education issues and trends, as well as philosophical and legal foundations in American education. Students will explore and experience key concepts and skills through reading, research, presentation of a lesson, development of a professional portfolio and teaching philosophy, documented technology and education site-based field experiences. Field experience is included. Offered Tuesdays, 6-8:54 p.m., Central Campus, Sept. 3 – Oct. 22.

PSY 256 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 credits) Application of psychological theories to the teaching-learning process. Principles of cognitive and social development discussed along with discipline, motivation and assessment and evaluation. Offered Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1-2:27 p.m., Central Campus, Oct. 29 – Dec. 19.