UC offers apprentice teacher certificate

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Utica College (UC) will once again offer a Transitional B Apprentice Teacher Certification Program and expects to run a summer cohort starting this May, to help address an imminent teacher shortage in the state, the college announced Wednesday.

The application deadline is Feb. 15, and a 16-week course of study is tentatively scheduled for May 1-Aug. 24. Contact graduate admissions at 315-792-3010, John Rowe at jrowe@utica.edu, or Lynn Cope at lcope@utica.edu.

The UC program of study is designed for candidates with a bachelor’s degree in a high-need area such as English, French, social studies, Spanish, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, mathematics or technology, and a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.

Candidates in the Adolescence Education Apprenticeship Teacher Certification Program must complete a 200-hour course of study during the summer, including time in a public-school setting. Candidates finish their degree program while engaged in mentored teaching as full-time employees of a local school district, said UC.

Enrollment in teacher education programs across the state has dropped 47% since 2009 according to the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) union, UC noted. In addition, the college said the New York Teacher Retirement System projects that one-third of the current teachers in the state could retire in the next five years.

“That means that New York State will need about 180,000 teachers in the next decade,” said Michelle Licht, president of Williamsville Teachers Association and member of the NYSUT board of directors. “And we just don’t have that many people who are going into education.”

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