In response to the teacher shortage that is currently affecting New York State classrooms, Utica College has partnered with 30 local school districts to get new teachers in front of students as soon as possible.

The accelerated Teacher Certification Program gives aspiring teachers an alternative path to teaching full-time.

If you hold a bachelor's degree in any of the high-need areas including English, French, social studies, Spanish, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, mathematics or technology, you have the opportunity to earn a Transitional B certificate.

That will allow you to secure a full-time teaching position by fall 2018, and give you 5 years to finish the remaining master's in education coursework under UC mentorship.

“This program is ideal for people who are already in careers but want to make the switch to teaching,” says John Rowe, executive director of graduate admissions at UC. “It prepares teachers faster and gets them in classrooms where they're needed most."

With many area teachers at or near retirement age, the New York State Department of Education predicts that 32 percent of public school teachers will retire by 2022.

That means New York State will need more than 180,000 new teachers per year over the next decade to meet the needs of the state's growing student body.

For more information or to enroll, contact Utica College Graduate Admissions, or John Rowe Director of Graduate Admissions - jrowe@utica.edu, (315) 792-3010.

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