The Wayne State University College of Education is offering a new summer program to address the shortage of certified teachers in the state. The college will offer a two-week, non-residential college-readiness program designed specifically for underrepresented students interested in a career in teaching, said Roland Coloma, assistant dean for the college’s Division of Teacher Education.
The program is designed to provide students the opportunity to explore the teaching profession and engage with current Wayne State students and education faculty on a one-to-one basis, thus creating a pipeline from the high schools to Wayne State University. Students will explore the benefits of a career in teacher education, learn about applicable college scholarships and be provided with university resources for a successful college experience.
The program will begin Monday, July 8, and last through Friday, July 19, with a selective group of 35 students. “Our goal is to bring together a diverse group of students who represent the student population in the schools,” said Coloma. “By becoming a teacher, you’ll have the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of children and create learning opportunities for all children by removing barriers to learning, creating equal access for all.”
The Michigan Department of Education recently published the report “Grow Your Own: Addressing Vacancies and Shortages,” which states, “To instruct Michigan students effectively, the department believes that teachers should exhibit competency in three areas of the profession: content knowledge for teaching, pedagogical practices and professional behaviors.”
There are more than 900 public school districts in Michigan and districts are struggling to fill teaching positions across the K-12 levels. “The Next Gen Teachers Summer Program provides high school sophomore/junior students the opportunity to explore the number of opportunities available to them in the K-12 teaching profession,” said Jeff Lisiecki, an undergraduate recruitment coordinator in academic services for the College of Education.