School districts face teacher shortages, yet job-seekers who are considering a teaching career are sometimes surprised to learn they must commit to about two years of a master’s degree program to become eligible for those jobs.
The education publication Chalkbeat recently highlighted an alternative path of preparing teachers–teacher residency programs– in “With the alarm sounded statewide over shortages, Chicago forges ahead with a teacher experiment.”
Reporter Cassie Walker Burke’s story quoted NLU student Yesenia Francois, who works in a Chicago Public Schools classroom setting Mondays through Thursdays and then takes classes at National Louis University on Fridays and during the summer break. Francois had earlier worked as a paraprofessional in a magnet school, and said the residency program offers her a chance to get the master’s in education she’s been trying to earn for a decade.
The article also quoted NLU’s Janet Lorch, C.A.S., associate professor and resident program director, explaining the importance of mentor teachers and of reinforcing theory with hands-on assignments. For example, she asks residents to plan a community engagement project at the school where they are assigned.
Robert D. Muller, Ed.D., dean of NLU’s National College of Education, was also quoted reinforcing the idea that theory intermixed with practice helps the residents learn effectively.
See the Chalkbeat article here.
Learn more about NLU’s teacher residency programs here.