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Change To Education provides opportunity to teach

July 2, 2012

KOKOMO, Ind. — Do you aspire to teach and are ready to switch careers? The Change To Education (C2E) program at Indiana University Kokomo provides this opportunity to anyone with a bachelor's degree to earn a teaching license in less than two years.

This fall semester, the School of Education will launch the C2E, a 24-credit hour plan that leads to teaching licensure in grades 5 through 12, in one of four content areas – math, science, social studies, and English/language arts.

"People who have science and math backgrounds are going to be in demand as teachers," said Paul Paese, dean of the School of Education. "We offer the degree to prepare them to be successful teaching those subjects."

Preparing more teachers in the sciences and math will fill a need in the region, as schools always require high-quality candidates for those areas. Paese soon expects the same demand for secondary teachers in other subjects as the baby boomer generation of educators begin to retire.

The program consists of two semesters, plus a summer session, of education-related coursework, which will be delivered in seminar format and online. This is followed by one semester of student teaching.

"We focus on essential teaching skills, such as development, curriculum, instruction, assessment and professionalism," Paese said.

Classes will be conducted later in the day, and many will combine online and classroom learning so students can continue to work. Field experiences may be accomplished by paid substitute teaching in one of the 25 school corporations associated with the School of Education's Center for Educational Partnership (CEP).

"Oftentimes being a reliable, prepared substitute provides you a foot in the door when you earn your degree and are ready to look for a job," he said. "Principals already know you and how effective you are in the classroom. This would be a great opportunity for our students."

Shirley Aamidor, associate dean, said school principals and other leaders may encourage volunteers and substitute teachers to enroll in this program, to earn certification.

"Principals probably know many talented substitute teachers who have bachelor's degrees, but no teaching certification," Aamidor said. "This will give them the opportunity to advance in their careers, while providing excellent teachers to our schools."

For more information about requirements to enroll, contact Aamidor at 765-455-9296 or saamidor@iuk.edu.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 08/21/2014