Garden City Public Schools is presenting a career fair this week for people interested in becoming teachers.
The information night, scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, is geared toward those interested in pursuing a degree in education, whether it’s a traditional or non-traditional pathway. Whether you started a degree but never finished, have a degree in a non-related field, are looking for a fast track to a new career or want to know more about working while pursuing a degree, this informational opportunity can help.
Seven colleges and universities will be on hand presenting through the evening, including Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Garden City Community College, Kansas State University, Newman University, the University of Nebraska – Kearney, and Wichita State University.
- Emporia State University’s Master’s Degree in Elementary Education is designed for career changers who currently hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education and are interested in teaching at the elementary level. With online courses and a clinical experience placement near you, you can earn your master’s degree without relocating. In as little as two years, you will be eligible to apply for an elementary education (K-6) teaching license.
- Fort Hays State University’s Transition to Teaching (T2T) is a program designed for those who either have a bachelor’s degree or higher in the content area or coursework equivalent to a major in the subject area and hired to teach that subject in an accredited Kansas school. This will allow you to apply for an Initial Teaching License in PreK-12 music, art, PE and 6-12 core subjects.
- GCCC partners with several colleges and universities across the state to offer transfer agreements which allow for a seamless transition from GCCC to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree in education.
- Kansas State University’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a 12-month program for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree outside the field of education and want to become teachers. This program combines rigorous online coursework with a field experience in an accredited elementary school. The MAT program will allow you to apply for an Initial Teaching License for teaching Elementary Education (K-6). Kansas State also offers 2+2 Partnerships with community and technical colleges which allows an individual with an associate’s degree to obtain an entirely distance-based bachelor’s degree.
- Newman University’s Accelerated Teacher Education program is designed for those who have an associate’s degree or have 60 or more college hours. Program length is 16 months (including the student teaching semester). The program is K-6; however, you can also major in Early Childhood Unified and earn a degree that is Birth – third grade in Special Education and K-6 Regular Education. Students are encouraged to be paraprofessionals or substitute teachers while completing the program. Classes are typically face-to-face in the evening, 2-3 nights per week at one of three area locations including Garden City, Dodge City and Liberal.
- University of Nebraska – Kearney offers undergraduate and graduate programs that lead to teacher and administrative certification. Options are available for those who have prior community college or university credit. Explore the online programs, undergraduate and graduate, that lead to certification. Also hear about the student teaching partnerships with Garden City Public Schools and the Kansas Advantage Scholarship.
- Wichita State University’s Teacher Apprentice Program (TAP) allows you to work as a para-educator while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education/Elementary Education online. You will earn college credit for your para experience every semester that will apply toward your degree. It is built around the philosophy of an “inverted curriculum,” meaning many of the “professional” courses are at the front end of the program to focus on heightening the skills of paras in their current position. This program will allow you to apply for an Initial Teaching License for the Early Childhood and/or Elementary Education level.
- In addition, GCHS offers a pathway for students interested in becoming teachers. Parents and students are encouraged to come and learn about opportunities to complete a degree, scholarships and the option of working for the district while working on a degree while staying in Garden City.
The teaching career fair will be at Garden City High School, 2720 Buffalo Way. Enter through the north doors at the point.
Contact the Personnel Office for questions at (620) 805-7020, or visit www.gckschools.com.