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TREASURE COAST -- With Indian River State College's introduction of a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Treasure Coast residents can now complete all the courses they need to become an elementary school teacher within easy driving distance. Registration is now underway, with classes beginning Jan. 8.
"Busy Treasure Coast residents juggling work and family responsibilities can now achieve their dream of becoming an elementary school teacher without leaving the area to complete their education," said Dr. Ian Neuhard, director of IRSC Baccalaureate Programs.
"IRSC combines this convenience with many opportunities to develop teaching skills right in local schools."
The IRSC program was launched in response to the strong demand for elementary school teachers in the region. Based on labor market data and a survey of local schools, between 100 to 200 job openings are projected annually in the four counties served by IRSC. Stressing the need for more teachers, the School Districts of St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River and Okeechobee counties submitted letters to the Florida Department of Education indicating their support of a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education at IRSC.
The program offers students the opportunity to participate in multiple practicums in local schools, culminating in student teaching. In addition, an innovative TeachLive simulator engages them in interaction with different types of students and behaviors. Upon graduation, students receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with endorsements in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Reading, which increases their value to school districts.
In addition to the convenience of local campuses, IRSC students benefit from affordable tuition, which is 40 percent less than university tuition. IRSC is ranked as the 4th Most Affordable College in the Nation by the US Department of Education and 12th Top Public Regional College in the country by US News & World Report. IRSC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, one of the most respected and prestigious accrediting organizations in the country.
For more information, visit www.irsc.edu or call (866) 792-4772.