Indiana State Board of Education Approves New Bachelor Programs to Address Critical Teacher Shortage

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – To address the nationwide teacher shortage in Indiana, which has only been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, Purdue University in Fort Wayne will implement five new bachelor’s degree programs ‘education.

The Indiana State Board of Education approved the programs on Wednesday. Of the five programs, three of them are transition-to-teaching programs: Special education, primary and secondary education. Meanwhile, the other two programs are in high need areas: speech therapy and elementary STEM.

Prospective students can apply immediately and start as early as the spring semester 2022.

Many Hoosier teachers work in districts on emergency licensing. These teachers, as well as future educators, have an immediate need for additional pathways to obtain a permit. As a result, Purdue Fort Wayne has worked with schools in the northeast Indiana area to close this gap.

“Purdue Fort Wayne’s Transition to Education programs address critical needs, particularly certified special education teachers,” said Charles Cammack Jr., director of operations for Fort Wayne Community Schools, in a statement. Press release. “We know that people hear the call to education at different times in their lives, and these programs will take them from a non-educational career to the classroom where they can make a difference in the lives of students. daily. “

The Speech-Language Pathology Licensing Program addresses one of the most needed areas of licensure. Elementary STEM, a much sought-after new path, will make Purdue Fort Wayne the first university in Indiana to offer this particular degree.

“Our Transition to Teaching programs are specifically designed to help address the teacher shortage by providing a streamlined path for people changing careers who already hold a bachelor’s degree,” said Isabel Nunez, Principal of the School. of Education and Professor of Educational Studies at Purdue Fort Wayne. , in a press release. “While our goal is to address the K-12 teacher shortage, our primary goal is to develop excellent qualified teachers. Each of these new programs will help us achieve these priorities.

Transition to teaching programs require 24 credit hours of specific instructional content, the elementary program also requires 24 hours of course credit, and then the secondary program requires 18 credit hours.

Applicants for Transition to Teaching programs must have an undergraduate degree and a GPA of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. Applicants who do not meet the qualifying GPA may apply for admission through related work experience or by passing the Praxis Content Exam for the field in which they wish to obtain a teaching license.

The programs are expected to last from one year to 18 months. Upon successful completion, students must pass the designated Praxis tests for Indiana to obtain a license. Those who wish to apply can do so in line.

Educators who are interested in learning more can contact someone at Purdue Fort Wayne at [email protected] or by calling (260) -481-6111. Additional information may also be requested in line.

Milton S. Rodgers