CT Post, January 3, 2010

New Teaching Pathways Program Offered At Housatonic

Joint Effort with SCSU Can Lead to Teacher Certification

H
ousatonic Community College (HCC) next semester is unveiling a new Pathways to Teaching Careers major in conjunction with Southern Connecticut State University ( SCSU).

The program, said Elizabeth Steeves, the HCC professor coor­dinating the program, will allow students to complete two years at HCC, receive an associate degree, then transfer seamlessly into the School of Arts & Sciences at Southern for their final two years. Students also can apply to SCSU’s School of Education to pursue a Connecticut teacher’s certificate.

“ The program was created in response to a State of Connecticut study that showed a shortage of biology, chemistry, English, for­eign language, mathematics and physics teachers in urban areas,” she said.

Students from urban areas who are trained as teachers are like­ly to go back to urban areas to teach, she said. Housatonic, being an urban college, is in a good position to recruit such prospective teachers.

“ It’s natural that a community college would offer a teaching program because teaching is such an important part of our mis­sion,” she said. “Who better to prepare students to teach than those with such a strong commitment to teaching?”

The benefits of the program are many, she said. Students have the option of pursuing a degree in their major field as well as a certificate, she said. They also have the advantage of early advis­ing.

In addition, she said, students have the benefit of more person­alized attention and more affordable tuition.

Registration for the spring semester is going on now. In- person registration will be conducted Monday through Friday, from 9 a. m. to 4 p.m. through Jan. 22; by fax, mail, or dropping off a registra­tion form and payment information in the drop box in Lafayette Hall through Jan. 15, or online at www. hcc. commnet. edu through Jan. 25.

Formal registration sessions will take place Thursday, Jan. 7, from 10 a. m. to 6: 30 p. m.; and Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 10 a. m. to 6:30 p.m. Late registration sessions will take place Tuesday, Jan.

19, from 2: 30 to 6: 30 p. m.; Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m.; and Thursday, Jan. 21, from 2: 30 to 6: 30 p. m. A special registration session for senior citizens and high school partnership students will be held Thursday, Jan. 21, from 10 a. m. to noon.

Classes start Friday, Jan. 22.

For more information, contact Admissions at 203- 332- 5100 or the Registrar’s Office at 203- 332- 5088.