USI, Evansville schools launch elementary ed program
The University of Southern Indiana and the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. are taking steps to address the state’s teacher shortage in elementary schools. The two are partnering on a new program that allows high school students to take college level education courses before graduating high school.
The Academy of Future Educators allows HS students to complete a minimum of 18 hours of college credit and complete their freshman education coursework before heading off to college. The half-day program is housed at Reitz High School and will include 150 hours of classroom experience. It’s open to juniors and seniors, including students in school districts surrounding Evansville. There will also be coursework on the USI campus during the students’ senior year.
Those who successfully complete the program will have the opportunity to apply for direct admission to the USI Teacher Education program.
The partners say the program could save students more than $13,000 in college expenses.
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