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Foundation of Modern Education class orients field experience

01 December 2018

“What Can New Teachers Expect?” was the focus question for Foundation of Education students in November when students met with David Schmidt, assistant superintendent for USD 382. The EDU 177 students met with their guest speaker, hosted in the Linda Hunt Memoria Library, and each asked a question that pertained to a possible career in education.  Questions ranged from possible interview questions, local salary range, dress codes and building safety factors.

“I appreciate the excellent level of cooperation between USD 382 and the PCC library,” said Rhonda Westerhaus, education instructor. “These students will continue the field portion of this class throughout the month when they visit preschool, elementary, middle school and high school classrooms.”

Each day includes observation of cued points in such topics as technology, diversity, teacher style, classroom management and group work.  The month also involves visiting the School Board Meeting on Nov. 12. Both activities are part of the Education Program Mission to ‘Prepare Education Majors’ with the attitudes, knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the teaching profession, and enrich the communities they will serve.

This mission along with the program outcomes, assessment and feedback process were recently approved by FALC, the Faculty Assessment and Learning Committee.
 “Growing our own teachers is critical to teacher demand in our area,” said Westerhaus.   

Recent data from PCC’s Career Coach reminds all of us that the career of a middle school teacher has grown by two percent over the last two years, and is expected to grow by 8 percent in the next 10 years. Currently 2,025 middle school teachers are employed in the region.

PCC’s Teacher Education Program is committed to providing trained graduates along their career path in Education.  This includes Para Pathways, a cooperative of PCC with Fort Hays State University in transitioning para educators to a Bachelor of Science in Education.  Inquiries are welcome to Westerhaus at rhondaw@prattcc.edu.