Pasco, WA - Columbia Basin College is joining efforts to fill teaching positions at local school districts.
After nearly four years of work and dozens of requests, the college is rolling out a bachelor’s in applied science degree in early childhood education starting this fall.
The high end of the pay scale is at the schools who are saying they need more teachers. Pasco Superintendent Michelle Whitney said the state is already facing a teacher shortage, and with more requirements on the horizon to lower class sizes, the problem is likely to get worse.
On top of the pressures faced by the school district, educators across the country are putting more emphasis on getting students prepared for kindergarten. State and federal laws are pushing employees of child care centers to get a bachelor’s degree.
Those students are interested in getting into the program, said Daphne Larios, the dean of transitional studies. She has received several phone calls asking if the college was going to start offering the bachelor’s degree.
The first half of the program is designed to allow students to continue working during the day while they take classes at night. Then, for the second half of the program, students will move into classrooms, where they will start student teaching.
More information is available at www.columbiabasin.edu/teachered or by calling Larios at 509-542-4562.
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