Volume 95, Issue 59

Thursday, January 17, 2002
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New teacher program unveiled at Laurier

By Kristina Lundblad
Gazette Staff

High school students hoping to become teachers can begin training immediately after graduation thanks to a new program offered at Wilfrid Laurier University's Brantford campus.

The concurrent program is the result of a partnership between Laurier and Nipissing University in North Bay.

Students graduating from the four-year program will receive two degrees – a bachelor of arts in contemporary studies from Laurier and a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing, said Leo Groarke, dean of Laurier Brantford.

"Starting [in September], the program will be a pilot project – we'll just take 35 students," Groarke said, noting some complications in the program still need to be addressed.

While a concurrent education program means students complete both degrees at once, consecutive education programs – like the one at Western – require students to attend a year of teacher's college after they complete a bachelor's degree.

Groarke said both programs have their advantages.

A concurrent program is ideal for students who know they want to be teachers right out of high school and a consecutive program is best for those who want time to determine which career is right for them, Groarke explained.

"[The concurrent program] is ideally for high school students," said Ronald Common, dean of Nipissing's faculty of education, adding it is difficult for current university students to transfer into the program.

"One of the benefits [of a concurrent program] is that students will do 24 weeks of practicum spread over all four years," Common said, adding this is twice as long as the 12-week practicum required in teacher's college.

Joel Campbell, president of Western's Education Students' Council, said concurrent programs are appealing because each year they offer a small amount of teaching theory with another field of study.

However, he added consecutive programs like Western's are also beneficial because they allow students to concentrate solely on their desired subject areas, while afterwards, offering a concentration in teaching methodologies.

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