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MC meets community needs for teacher education and pre-kindergarten classrooms

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July 25-Midland-Midland College (MC) is currently offering a bachelor’s degree to West Texans with an interest in pursuing a career in early childhood education.

Registration is currently underway to start classes this fall.

“One of the main parts of our mission at Midland College is to train and educate the citizens of the Permian Basin to meet the labor demands of our community. This program is in early childhood. It definitely meets the needs of our community for our teachers, “said MC President Dr. Steve Thomas.

The new bachelor-level program prepares students to teach from pre-kindergarten to third grade. Students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Midland University in Early Childhood Education are eligible to take the state teacher certification exam from pre-k to third grade.

“We deliberately designed the curriculum for both our current associate’s degree and our new bachelor’s degree, providing college students with a unique opportunity in the lab environment of the Midland University Pre-Kindergarten Academy,” said Deputy Education Services. Dr. Damon Kennedy, President, said. ..

Midland College’s pre-kindergarten academy was the result of a $ 300,000 planned grant and feasibility study conducted by Midland College and the Midland Independent School District (MISD). The Academy welcomed the first group of 68 3 and 4 year olds on August 14, 2019. Funded by Midland Development Corporation, it now provides a modular building between the Helen Great House Children’s Center and the Physics Education Building. MC main campus. The Midland College Pre-K Academy also acts as a hands-on learning site for college students enrolled in educational programs.

Thanks to the great success of the Pre-K Academy, Midland College has begun construction of a permanent structure on the MC campus. This will not only increase the capacity of the pre-k Academy from 68 to 288, but also the university’s growing education sector. The new Pre-K Academy & Center for Teaching Excellence, scheduled to open in the fall of 2023, expands the hands-on training site for the new Bachelor of Science Program in Applied Sciences in Early Childhood Education at Midland College. Funding will be provided by Permian Strategic Partnership, Scharbauer Foundation and Inc with $ 10 million each in lead gifts. Other major donors include the Abell-Hanger Foundation, The Beal Foundation, Henry Foundation and WarrenCharitable Foundation. Individuals, families and businesses provide additional financial support.

Midland College offers full scholarships to students enrolled in both the existing Associate of Arts in Teaching program and the new Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education program.

Visit tinyurl.com/yzpe6x24 for a list of current project donors.

For more information and to begin the registration process, please contact Denise McKown, 432-685-6839 (432-685-6839), MC Dean of Education and Early Childhood Education.[email protected]) Or MC Enrollment Navigation office (432-685-4501), [email protected]Www.midland.edu/enroll.

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