DSU partners with Sussex County school districts to get more teachers into classrooms

DELAWARE- Getting more teachers into classrooms, it’s a mission that Delaware State University is trying to accomplish with the help of Sussex County School Districts.

“It’s just going to be a really good partnership with DSU and it’s one that we are really excited about,” David Maull, PIO for Indian River School District, said.

DSU will be running Alternative Route to Certification Programs. A program that gives adults who have earned their degrees in other fields an alternative way to get their teaching certification. All while working and earning an income.

“They are getting full-time real life experience practical experience coupled with the theoretical perspectives that they are learning within their academic program,” Dr. Tina Mitchell, ARTC Program Coordinator at DSU, said.

The classes will be held in Southern Delaware schools like the Indian River School District. A partnership, we’re told, will be beneficial beyond the classroom.

“It helps us know the skills that teachers need and it helps them know our needs, as well you know what areas of teaching certification we are looking for,” Maull said.

Especially, because this could open up a new pool of candidates for school districts.

“There’s a big need for it, I mean there’s a teacher shortage not just in Delaware, but nationwide and it’s been going on for a few years now,” Maull said.

The District told 47ABC several years ago they noticed fewer college students were pursuing a teaching career, and COVID-19 hasn’t helped the situation.

“When you have a teacher shortage it always makes things a little more difficult, we are managing, we are doing the best we can, we are doing a pretty good job as are most of the school districts around here,” Maull said.

But, with the goal of getting this partnership up and running by this upcoming fall both DSU and others schools are hopeful to tackle these issues.

There will be two informational sessions people can attend to learn more about the program.

One will be on February 23 at 6 p.m. at Georgetown Middle School. The other will be March 1 at 6 p.m. at Seaford High School.

The program is about 2 years long and students will take around 30 credits to complete it.

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