June 20, 2005
05-168

Jennifer Tanner
Communications Specialist

VSU Hosts Teacher Apprenticeship Workshop

Valdosta State University recently continued its efforts to keep quality teachers in the classroom. VSU held a teacher apprenticeship program on June 16 and 17 "is designed for high school students who think they want to be teachers," said College of Education Advising Center Director Maggie Roberts.

The VSU workshop held in the Education Building was for teachers who will be teaching the Introduction to Education classes in their high schools. Those who participated in the workshop at VSU will go back to the high schools there they teach, and instruct those students who are considering making teaching a profession. The workshop is designed by the State Department of Education, Dr. Ellen Wiley and Maggie Roberts of VSU.

High school students are selected in their junior and senior year to participate in the program. Juniors are taken to introduction to education classes while seniors participate in a paid apprenticeship in the schools. Those students who complete the program receive 144 hours of related academic instruction and 400 hours of field based experience.

Forty-five teachers from across the state participated in the workshop at VSU. The university has held the workshop for the last five years.