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Frostburg State University, Frederick and Washington County Public School Systems Collaborate on Alternative Teacher Preparation

A new partnership between Frostburg State University and the Frederick and Washington County public school systems is designed to meet the needs of local school systems in finding qualified career changers and recent college graduates to meet critical teacher shortage areas.

The Secondary Education Alternative Preparation Program allows prospective teachers to complete a paid, yearlong “residency” on the way to certification. Alternative Preparation candidates will work closely with an experienced teacher during a pre-residency internship and during the residency. They will also be required to take special courses during pre-residency training. Courses are offered by FSU at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown. This opportunity is open only to those planning to teach secondary school in areas designated as critical shortage areas in the state of Maryland: math, physics, chemistry, earth science, English and foreign languages.

“This program provides valuable support to the school systems in their efforts to find qualified teachers in these critical shortage areas,” said Dr. Kim Rotruck, project director of FSU’s Alternative Preparation Program.

The Alternative Preparation Program shares many features of FSU’s Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary program. Successfully completing the alternative certification program will allow candidates to gain a Standard Professional Certificate. With some added coursework and the credit hours in the Alternative Preparation program, candidates can complete a master’s degree. Teachers in Maryland are required to eventually earn a master’s degree or equivalency. Candidates for the program must already have a bachelor’s degree and passing scores on the Praxis I and Praxis II content tests. The degree or significant coursework must be in one of the critical subject areas.

Initial application is made through the personnel offices of the respective school systems. Those who would like more information are encouraged to attend the upcoming open house at USMH on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. in room 124-125. USMH is at 32 W. Washington St. in downtown Hagerstown.

For more information, contact Rotruck at (240) 527-2736 or FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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