MCC receives state approval to help get more certified teachers in local elementary classrooms

Published by The Bee News

June 30, 2022

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MOHAVE COUNTY – Mohave Community College is now offering a post baccalaureate program to help qualified applicants obtain a teaching certificate.

The Arizona Department of Education recently approved the college plans to offer a pathway for those with bachelor’s degrees to earn their K-8 teaching certification.

“This new program is perfect for people who are currently working in our local school districts, have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, and would like to become a certified elementary teacher in Arizona,” said Dr. Lucinda Leugers, MCC Dean of General and Transfer Education.

Dr. Leugers said some school districts pay for their employees to complete post baccalaureate programs to become certified teachers, and the college is also looking to offer tuition assistance that is specific to this program for those who qualify.

“So, ideally we’re very hopeful that students who have their bachelor’s degree will not have to pay for tuition to complete the program and receive their teaching certificate,” said Dr. Leugers.

The MCC program includes 14 courses and a student teaching requirement.  Many of the classes are designed to help an individual understand teaching methods and how to manage a classroom.

In order to apply for an Arizona K-8 license, individuals enrolled in the MCC program must complete the required courses with at least a grade of C, have an overall 3.0 GPA, and pass the AEPA (Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment), Elementary Education Subtests I and II, and the Constitutions of the US and Arizona exams.

The first classes for this new program begin on August 22, and those individuals interested in signing up should do so as soon as possible.  Get started by filling out the online Request Information Form at www.Mohave.edu/Certified.

For more information contact Dr. Lucinda Leugers at [email protected] or Dr. Jennifer Woolston at [email protected].

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