ERIC Number: ED413957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul-31
Reference Count: N/A
Urban Teacher Program. Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. Final Report.
The Urban Teacher Program (UTP) is the result of a collaboration between Wayne County Community College (WCCC), Wayne State University (Michigan), and Eastern Michigan University. It was created to recruit, educate, and prepare minority students for teaching careers in urban elementary schools, where learning is hindered by violence and lack of educational support. Sixty-six volunteer teacher mentors provide counseling and encourage UTP participants to work with children and act as role models. The program includes a course sequence that meets the requirements for an Associate of Arts degree at WCCC as well as the transfer requirements to Eastern Michigan University and credit for six additional education classes. Although there is a lack of documented evaluations, student and teacher reactions to the program have been positive, suggested by the increase in program enrollment. And despite changes in program directors and cessation of state funding, WCCC has continued its sponsorship of the program. UTP, which now includes special education and the secondary education major, has achieved stability since the appointment of key personnel. Further efforts for improvement are underway. (YKH)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Cooperative Programs, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Mentors, Minority Group Teachers, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation, Teacher Education, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Supply and Demand, Two Year Colleges, Urban Education, Urban Problems, Urban Teaching
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wayne County Community Coll., Detroit, MI.