The first week of school is over and a program helping students receive teaching degrees is making its debut in the West Irondequoit school district.
It’s called Pathways-to-Teaching.
The Pathways-to-Teaching program is helping 11th and 12th grade students at West Irondequoit High School explore teaching as a potential career choice.
The program allows students to earn college credit towards their teaching degrees while they’re in high school. Students must engage in weekly field work with those who are in elementary school, helping them build literacy skills.
The district superintendent, Jeff Crane, says he’s excited to introduce this program to the district.
“It’s a dual credit, college-level course and hopefully they’ll go to school here for education and we’ll hire them back and this way we hope kids of all types help us diversify our teaching staff,” said Superintendent Crane.
Students have the opportunity to earn three to nine college credits by the end of the program. The district hopes this will help alleviate a teacher shortage they’ve been experiencing.