CofC’s School of Education at the Head of the Class – The College Today

by | Nov 17, 2022 | Education

With solid enrollment and new programs on the horizon, the College of Charleston’s School of Education is focused on preparing the next generation of teachers to handle any challenges they may face in the classroom. Despite national dialogue around teacher shortages, pay inequity and teacher burnout, enrollment is up in some of the school’s undergraduate and graduate programs, says Frances Welch, dean of the School of Education. Enrollment in the school’s undergraduate elementary education program, for example, has increased by 25% over the last two years – from 142 students in 2020 to 178 this fall. And enrollment in the Master of Arts in Teaching programs for elementary education and early childhood education has more than doubled over the last few years, with a combined 37 graduate students in those programs today. In total, the school currently has 211 education majors completing practicum hours across 28 public schools in the Lowcountry. Practicum hours allow education majors the opportunity to observe and work with K-12 students in the classroom before full-time student teaching.“The trends look really good,” says Welch of the school’s enrollment. “This generation wants to make a difference – and what better way to make a difference than be a teacher?”  That upward trend is also reflected in the school’s cohort of 26 teaching fellows for the 2022–23 academic year – the largest freshman cohort the Department of Teacher Education has seen in many years. The Teaching Fellows Program is a statewide program that provides support, professional development and scholarships to college students pursuing a degree leading to teaching certification. Over the past two years, the school has also welcomed its first students from the Teach Local Program, a partnership between the College, Trident Technical College and the Charleston County School District’s Early College High School. The program allows hi …

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