Home Grown Teachers
Beginning the fall semester of 2006, students who want to pursue an elementary teaching license can complete Wichita State University coursework at Cowley College’s Arkansas City or Mulvane campus, through a new Cowley College and WSU partnership. WSU will offer the Core courses of the elementary education licensure program at Cowley’s Mulvane campus.
Thanks to interactive television technology, the courses will also be beamed to the Arkansas City campus. The new partnership will help Cowley students limit their commuting time by not having to travel to Wichita for the required coursework. An incoming freshman could attend classes on a Cowley campus for three and one-half years, earning an associate degree from Cowley during the first two, and then attend WSU classes at a Cowley campus for the next three semesters. The culminating student teaching semester can also be completed in a district located in south-central Kansas. There are a few classes that students may need to complete at the Wichita campus, but the two institutions are working to provide all coursework at a Cowley campus.
“We are delighted to partner with WSU in bringing access to this educational program and their service area,” Cowley College President Dr. Pat McAtee said. “It’s another example of college’s working together to serve citizens of South Central Kansas.” “We are excited about this partnership program for many reasons, but specifically, the program reflects WSU’s mission to meet the needs of our community,” WSU President Don Beggs said. “The structure of this program illustrates our desire and willingness to serve the needs of our students.”
The program is on a first-come, first-serve basis and will have a capacity of up to 30 students. Once accepted to the WSU teacher education program, students can enroll in the WSU Core I classes offered at Cowley during the upcoming fall semester, 2006. In another benefit to students, courses will be taught at times and through delivery methods that are convenient to the working adult or stay-at-home parent, with courses typically beginning after 4 p.m. or offered online. “Offering courses in the evening and/or on line better serves prospective students who need to be free during the day because of needed employment and/or family obligations,” said Lori Miller, Wichita State University Associate Dean for Teacher Education. “This program will help provide quality, competent instructors for employment in the south-central school districts.”