CALLOWAY COUNTY, KY (8/17/12) – Murray State University (MSU), through the Teacher Quality Institute (TQI), has established several programs to improve the quality of teaching through the recruitment and retention of the most capable and promising individuals into the teaching profession. One such program, the TQI Dual Credit High School Teacher Education Program, is designed to encourage area high school students to explore teaching as a possible career choice.
High school seniors accepted into this program will be taking two courses. The 1st semester course, EDU 103: Issues and Practices of American Education (MSU) is designed to provide all students with an overview of the field of education. Included are topics related to motivation and learning theory, curriculum, school organization, and historical, socio-cultural, psychological and philosophical foundations of education. Although this is an initial education course for students seeking teacher certification, all students will be able to apply what they have learned as parents and concerned citizens in their adult lives. Field experiences are required.
The 2nd semester course, EDU 104: Exploration of Teaching is intended to serve as a bridge class between EDU 103 and collegiate level teacher education courses for high school students interested in pursuing teacher education as a career. The course will include an exploration of the professional qualities and expectations of the teacher/educator. Roles, responsibilities and challenges in the field of education will be examined. This course will include a minimum of 22 hours of field experiences.
Each student enrolled in the dual credit program has the opportunity to earn high school credit as well as up to six hours of tuition free college credit. Each will have tuition, mandatory fees and books provided through an agreement with the Teacher Quality Institute.
For the 2012-2013 academic year, 65 students from six school districts in the western region of Kentucky have been accepted into the TQI Dual Credit High School Teacher Education Program.
The schools participating in the 2012-2013 TQI Dual Credit Program are:
–Calloway County HS with 17 students
–Graves County HS with 10 students
–Marshall County HS with 10 students
–Muhlenberg County HS - West Campus with 17 students
–Murray HS with 3 students
–Trigg County HS with 8 students
Information provided by Russ Buchanan
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