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Teacher Certification Program Offers Information Session Sept. 13

Teacher Certification Program Offers Information Session Sept. 13

Sept. 5, 2003 - The Teacher Certification Program at Collin County Community College District will be offering an information session from 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, September 13 at its CCCCD@Allen site, 300 Rivercrest Boulevard in Allen, Texas. The session will explain the alternative teacher certification process to attendees and, through its unique program, give them insight on how to become secondary school teachers in Texas.

"The information session will provide a clear understanding of the steps necessary to become a certified teacher in Texas," said Brenda Kihl, director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Professional Development.

Kihl manages the program that helps new teachers become certified, provides professional development to those already certified, oversees grant projects relating to teacher education, and administers certificate and degree programs for students who are education majors. Kihl also sits on the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs Executive Board as a member-at-large, in which capacity she represents the interests of teacher preparation programs nationwide.

Currently in its third year, the teacher certification Program at CCCCD offers several different training tracks that can be followed--the Spring 2004 Session (Track XI) runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from early February to late May. The application deadline for this track is September 25, 2003. Classes are held on evenings and weekends to accommodate students' schedules.

CCCCD's Teacher Certification Program was created to address the state's need for highly trained and successful educators by offering an accelerated path to becoming a certified secondary (grades 4-8 or 8-12) teacher. The program is designed for degreed professionals seeking to change careers and move into the teaching field.

The program also serves current teachers by offering them professional development credits and, among other things, re-trains former teachers to re-enter the field. CCCCD's was the first alternative teacher certification program to be offered at a community college in the state of Texas.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP the information session prior to attending at 972-377-1060. For general information on the Teacher Certification Program, visit the website at