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BCSC Announces Launch of Pathway to Teacher Licensure Program

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BCSC is proud to introduce the Pathway to Teacher Licensure Program. Pathway Paraeducators will work full time in elementary, middle and high school classrooms while pursuing their bachelor’s degree in education at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC), online. This program will meet BCSC’s need to:

·        provide current teachers with highly qualified, motivated and dedicated support personnel after weathering the difficult 2020-2021 COVID school year,

·        address perennial teacher shortages, and

·        grow a broad cohort of teachers trained in the systems, culture and high expectations of the district.

This cohort of Pathway Paraeducators will take courses together online with mentor support from SMWC as well as from within BCSC. Most importantly, tuition and textbook fees will be paid for by BCSC, under an agreement with participants to maintain a certain GPA, meet support staff evaluation goals, and remain with BCSC until degree completion. As a licensed classroom teacher upon graduation, Pathway Paraeducators will be guaranteed a teaching position and are expected to commit to remaining in BCSC for two years.

As an equal opportunity employer, BCSC recruits, employs, trains and compensates regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.

At BCSC, we want to be the place where a broad mix of talented people want to come, to stay and do their best work with a diverse student body. We value diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, ability, national origin and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different. 

While taking on some traditional duties of a teaching assistant, Pathway Paraeducators are expected to apply course learnings in direct academic work with students and complete field placement activities and student teaching while working in BCSC. Pathway Paraeducators can attend faculty professional development and will train to gain teacher licensure in the BCSC-specific context. The Pathway Paraeducators will meet regularly as a cohort and build a creative and supportive community with the same goal: To improve their own lives through higher education while serving our students as diverse role models and future teachers.

While this program is designed for those who have not earned college credit, candidates who have credits of some kind, an associate degree or even a bachelor’s degree unrelated to education, can also be considered.

Information Sessions for any interested candidates will be held June 23 & 24 from 5:30-6:30pm at Columbus North HS Large Group Instruction Rm., as well as via Zoom on June 22 from 5:30-6:30pm. RSVP for a session here: https://bit.ly/3g3ZvCg