ERIC Number: ED468843
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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The Appalachian Model Teaching Consortium: A Community and Learning Model for Rural Appalachian Teacher Preparation.
Proffit, Alvin C.; Sale, R. Paul; Alexander, Ann E.; Andrews, Ruth S.
A consortium involving the Grayson County (Virginia) school system, Wytheville Community College, and Radford University was developed to address the teacher shortage in rural, economically depressed Grayson County. Using existing courses, a curriculum was developed that allows a student at Grayson County high school to obtain as much as 32 hours of college credit guaranteed to transfer toward an associate of arts in education from Wytheville and a bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies from Radford, which carries the recommendation of teacher licensure in Virginia. High school students may graduate with enough college credit to be classified as sophomores. After high school graduation, students attend one more year studying at Wytheville. For most students, this means they can enjoy the lower tuition rates of the community college while living at home. Students have the option of attending Radford immediately after graduating from Grayson County High School. Admission to Radford is pro forma at any point if the student meets program criteria. Students take the last 2 years of the program at Radford. During the first semester of the 4th year at Radford, students divide their time between education courses and working in public schools. During the second semester, students return to the Grayson County school system to do their student teaching. Immediately upon completion of the program, students are eligible for employment with the Grayson County school system. (Contains 31 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Advanced Placement Programs, College School Cooperation, Consortia, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Innovation, High Schools, Higher Education, Institutional Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Descriptions, Rural Schools, School Districts, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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