Prospective Teachers Can Receive Training at MCCC

11-30-04

Prospective teachers interested in pursuing an alternate route to certification are invited to an informational meeting at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Mercer offers the training as part of the “New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey” program, in partnership with New Jersey City University (NJCU). All aspects of the curriculum are built upon NJCU’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. Participants can earn 15 graduate credits or register as a noncredit, certification-only student. Classes in this intensive program will begin classes this summer.

The components of the program include a summer Pre-Service (Phase I), the Core program (Phase II) from September through May, and a Capstone Summer Institute the following June.

Phase I requires a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Students will be introduced to the realities of teaching as a career and will focus on needed skills and classroom management. At the end of the summer, participants may continue in Phase II if they are employed as an alternate route teacher, or if they are continuing with the program for graduate credit, have obtained a certificate of eligibility from their county superintendent, and have access to a hands-on teaching experience with children.

The Dec. 8 information session takes place at MCCC’s Conference Center on the West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A repeat session is set for Thursday, Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m. For more information or to register for an information session call 609-586-4800 ext. 3281 or email ComEd@mccc.edu.

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