New Early Childhood Education Bachelor’s program offered at Midland College

Jeanne A. Curley

MIDLAND, TX. (KMID/KPEJ) — A new Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education is now staying presented commencing in August at Midland College or university. It’s paired with the new Pre-K Academy making so learners can get true lifestyle experience operating with learners.

Dr. Denise Mckown, the Dean of Education and learning at Midland University says the university is excited to present this new prospect to West Texans. With an existing trainer lack nationwide, and in the Permian Basin, training new instructors is critical.

“Teaching education in common is essential in West Texas, we have a teacher shortage and we require fantastic high quality skilled instructors in our location. Our aim on the early childhood bachelor plan is to support fill that gap particularly for early childhood teachers.” mentioned Dr. Mckown.

She suggests its one thing that’s been in the is effective for rather some time.

“Until 2018 we weren’t lawfully allowed to supply a degree in education and learning, then the legislature then produced that attainable. So we have been operating on this for about 4 decades now.” explained Dr. Mckown.

These bachelor’s college students will study childhood from beginning to age 3, and with young pupils from the Pre-K Academy there in the classroom, they are able to get that first hand working experience.

“Specifically with our Pre-K Academy, have been searching to extend from 4 lecture rooms to 16 school rooms, meaning there’s going to be a require for early childhood academics, but there is also a need to have in the district alone.” stated Dr. Mckown.

Midland Higher education is in the course of action of having Texas Instruction Agency acceptance to be an Accepted Educator Preparing System which will let these new teachers to consider their certification plans as properly.

“The Bachelor’s program is just the two decades immediately after the AAT, which is the very first two many years in this article at Midland Higher education. So it is a 4 12 months program. The Associative Arts and Training is a two calendar year system that addresses some essentials and intro to schooling programs, so they have an idea if this is truly what they want to do. The Bachelor’s application is a full time deal with to experience method.” stated Dr. Mckown.

Intrigued pupils really should enroll in the pre-req’s and that AAT application first. Once concluded students can then shift into this Bachelor’s system.

“The Fall 2022 launch will be our 1st cohort of learners, we are hunting at about 20 college students that we can admit at this time.” stated Dr. Mckown.

This new plan will be the initially TEA accredited group college system in all of Texas that builds on an affiliate degree in education and learning.

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