January 24, 2006
Meetings set to discuss Cowley/WSU Education partnership
Two informational meetings have been set for this semester to answer questions and provide information on the Cowley/WSU Education partnership.
The meetings will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 6, and 6 p.m. March 7. Both meetings will be held in the Mulvane and Arkansas City IDL classrooms (room 131 in Mulvane and Brown Center room 202 in Arkansas City).
An open house for the program will be held Feb. 28, as 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 the 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.
The program is on a first-come, first-serve basis and will have a capacity of up to 30 students. All WSU coursework being offered on a Cowley campus will require students to pay the WSU tuition and fees, and Cowley will provide the facilities for the program for free.
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.
Interested students should complete the WSU Teacher Education Application Packet, which is available from Amy White on the Arkansas City campus or Emily Bontrager on the Wichita Southside campus, or call a WSU teacher education adviser to schedule an appointment at (316) 978-3300. The application packets also can be accessed through Cowley or WSU college web sites.