TAMIU Offers Alternative Teaching
Information Session Nov. 27
Making a difference in children's lives, longer summer vacations, and high
job demand are some of the perks of becoming a teacher and if you're interested
in exploring the education profession, Texas A&M International University
invites you to a free information session Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Bob Bullock Hall 113.
The Alternative Teacher Certification
Program (ACP) information session, will tell participants what they need
to know to get certified as a teacher and how TAMIU's program can help with
test preparation workshops, classes, scholarships and a child care stipend
for working parents.
Elizabeth Greninger, Alternative Certification
Program director, said test preparation workshops will begin in January and
that those interested must hold a bachelor's degree.
"The benefit of participating in
the ACP program at TAMIU is that in addition to preparing them for the test
preparation workshops, students will get to take four University courses that
will help strengthen their teaching career," Greninger said.
Participants will also receive
assistance and guidance from experienced TAMIU mentors who will visit each
new teacher at their respective campuses during their first year to provide
Teachers are currently in high demand
in the areas of special education, math and science, Greninger said.
"We often get calls from school
districts looking desperately for teachers in these subject areas because there
are vacant positions that have not been filled."
Once certified by the State of Texas,
teachers can relocate anywhere in the state, Greninger said, adding that large
cities like Austin and Dallas are in special need of bilingual teachers, which
Laredo has in abundance.
The ACP program is designed for those
seeking teaching either as a first career or as a change in profession, Greninger
"There are even people who are retired
and start teaching as a second career," Greninger said, "For example,
we currently have a retired Border Patrol agent and a retired Health and Human
Services employee that are participating in our program.
For further information, please contact
Greninger at 326.2687, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit offices in the
Sue and Radclifffe Killam Library, room 427.
office hours are 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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