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Teacher Certification Center Expands


TEACHER CERTIFICATION PROGRAM EXPANDS

June 11, 2001--The teacher certification program at Collin County Community College received a nod of approval when the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) granted the college's request to offer certifications in three additional subject areas: secondary math, biology and history. In certifying teachers in these other content areas, CCCCD will help school districts across north central Texas meet growing demands for qualified teachers in hard-to-fill subject areas.

The need for certified teachers is a growing problem. A recent study by the Institute for School-University Partnerships concludes that 25 percent of new teachers hired in 2000-2001 are not fully certified in their subject areas. The shortage of technology teachers is particularly acute. Last year, only three individuals graduating from Texas universities took the state exam to teach secondary technology education.

To address this need, CCCCD stepped in with its own certification program for teachers last year, in technology education. During its inaugural year, 17 technology educators completed their pre-service training through CCCCD's program and are now prepared to enter classrooms this coming fall.

For more information, contact program coordinator Brenda Kihl at (214) 495-3702 or at teachered@collin.edu.

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