Freed-Hardeman University and Chester County High School have amended their dual enrollment agreement to include a new program begun this year at CCHS. Teaching as a Profession (TAP) will allow eligible students to get a head start on completing a four-year degree, qualifying them to teach in Tennessee schools and saving themselves both time and money.
Students who complete the program will receive six hours of dual enrollment credit, Teaching as a Profession II (3 hours) and Teaching as a Profession, Practicum (3 hours). Prerequisites for enrollment in these courses are Fundamentals of Education and Teaching as a Profession I. High school credit is awarded for the prerequisites. Chris Melton currently teaches the courses at CCHS.
“Freed-Hardeman is pleased to partner with Chester County High School to attract and prepare future teachers,” Dr. C.J. Vires, FHU vice president for academics, said. “Our nation, including Tennessee, is having a more difficult time attracting qualified students to the field of education. We hope TAP can help alleviate that problem.”
Chester County superintendent of schools Troy Kilzer, II, said, “Having a higher education partnership with FHU will benefit our school district with a stronger pipeline of well-trained educators in future years.” Kilzer had approached Vires and FHU’s dean of the College of Education, Dr. Sharen Cypress, with a collaboration proposal a year ago.
He plans to ask the Tennessee Department of Education to recognize a certification test that would strengthen the program and increase the number of local individuals who might not want to teach, but would like to work in the school system as support staff. “Having more individuals trained with content that benefits our students' learning will increase our students' academic performance,” he said.
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