State Offers Classroom Route For New Science Teachers

College graduates interested in becoming high school science, math and technology teachers now have a new option for certification.

Applications are available until April 1 for a lateral-entry teacher certification program approved by the State Board of Education.

The North Carolina New Schools Project is one of 30 organizations nationwide awarded five-year grants from the U.S. Department of Education to recruit and train qualified mid-career professionals and recent graduates who didn't study education in college.

Candidates in the tuition-free, 15-month program will receive a year of on-the-job training combined with seminars and online coursework.

The goal is to prepare 48 teachers a year to teach science, math and technology in districts with the highest rates of under-qualified teachers.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 05:22 AM
    This is bull, I have a secondary science education degree. Why is it that people who chose a degree in something else get for free what I am still paying back in the form of student loans? The lateral entry program that is already in place was working just fine. If you really want to entice people up the salary, instead of giving out stupid grants that get watered down before they ever actually get to the people they are intended for.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 at 06:08 AM
    You ask...why would anyone want to do/try this? How about being an unemployed, laid off, college graduate for starters.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 05:23 AM in reply to
      There are jobs, they just might not be what you are used to. Greenville is getting a new Walmart that will bring tons of high paying jobs just contact one of the city council members.
  • by Mom Location: in front of computer on Feb 26, 2012 at 06:11 PM
    Why would anyone want to do this? Teachers are the worst paid employees now more than ever. They put up with undisciplined, mouthy students, who have more rights than they do. What would encourage people to do this? Seriously?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2012 at 03:17 PM
    Come on some of you teacher-bashers are sure to sign up, right?
  • by anon on Feb 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM
    Seriously? Because they can't get another job? That surely will result in dedicated teachers, but anybody can do it, right?
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      by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 at 05:45 AM in reply to anon
      Those qualified to teach the upper level science/math courses can make more money in other fields. Time to adjust the salaries of those that took a harder path in college.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 at 10:34 AM in reply to
        Sadly it's not just more money but usually a LOT more money. Why would anyone teach for 30-40k per year when they could easily make 2-4 times that amount in the private sector? Now, add in a student loan forgiveness option and we might have something here. Say, for every year of teaching a half year's worth of student debt is forgiven. That would probably net the people that frankly need it the most and might have the most relatable experience to our current crop of students.

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