The Weatherford College Education Center at Granbury recently hosted an Evening for Future Educators to provide information on the various pathways to become a certified teacher in Texas.
WC alumnus Shannon Butler, a 2015 WC Associate of Arts in Teaching graduate and a graduate of Tarleton State’s interdisciplinary studies program, offered encouragement to aspiring teachers concerned about being adequately prepared for this challenging profession. She recently completed her first year at Blue Haze Elementary in White Settlement.
“They say nothing really prepares you for that first year in the classroom,” she said. “This year I found out how true that statement was. I am so fortunate to have been able to rely on what I learned from my professors to help bridge that gap between pedagogy and real-life experiences.”
Dr. Deborah Banker, associate professor of education, presented information about the Tarleton State University Education Program available both in Stephenville and at the Fort Worth campus.
Dr. Zinab Muñoz also provided details regarding Texas Tech University’s Teach Across Texas program. This innovative initiative offers a fast-track teacher preparation initiative, permitting students the opportunity to complete bachelor’s degrees and earn teacher certifications in one year.
“Students can take their courses for the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree in Granbury and then transfer to local universities to earn their degrees and certification,” said Dr. David Russell, associate dean of WC Granbury. “They can begin preparing for this exciting and rewarding career in teaching this fall with courses such as Education 1301, algebra, Spanish and other courses required for this degree pathway.”
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