Associates in Arts in Teaching Program


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Associates in Arts in Teaching Program

  1. 1. Associates in Arts in Teaching Program <ul><li>Leeward Community College </li></ul><ul><li>Pearl City, HI </li></ul><ul><li>Laurie Lawrence </li></ul><ul><li>AAT Coordinator </li></ul>
  2. 2. About Leeward Community College <ul><li>4000+ students enrolled </li></ul><ul><li>Gateway to higher education for West and Central Oahu </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership with University of West Oahu to provide a balanced and comprehensive offering of programs, services and educational opportunities at locations both on and off campus </li></ul>
  3. 3. LCC Mission includes <ul><li>To broaden access to post-secondary colleges in the State of Hawai‘i by providing open-door opportunities for students to enter quality educational programs within their community. </li></ul><ul><li>To provide vocational and technical programs, which both prepare students for immediate employment and provide the paraprofessional and trained workforce needed by the State. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Context <ul><li>Hawaii has a critical shortage of teachers, hiring over 50% of new teachers from the mainland </li></ul><ul><li>Over 10% of the Hawaii Department of Education teachers in West Oahu are new hires each year </li></ul><ul><li>Special educators and paraeducators are in very short supply statewide </li></ul><ul><li>Native Hawaiians and Filipinos are most underrepresented ethnic groups in teaching force </li></ul>
  5. 5. AAT Program History <ul><li>Grew out of HI DOE partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a career ladder for EAs </li></ul><ul><li>Formally approved by Board of Regents in fall 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Initial funding by HI Legislature to hire full-time coordinator and instructor FY 06. </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinator and instructor on-board spring 2006. </li></ul>
  6. 6. AAT Mission <ul><li>To promote teaching as a means to serve the local community by recruiting current Education Assistants and high school students who have expressed the desire to teach. </li></ul><ul><li>To improve access to teaching by offering an alternative to the traditional AA degree and a seamless transfer to 4-year bachelors degree programs on Oahu. </li></ul><ul><li>To provide early real-world field experience allowing students to make an informed decision about teaching as a career. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Our values and beliefs about teacher education <ul><li>We believe that high quality teacher education: </li></ul><ul><li>Is based on standards frameworks for what new teachers should know and be able to do </li></ul><ul><li>Is grounded in constructivist principles </li></ul><ul><li>Models high quality teaching practices to meet the needs of all learners </li></ul><ul><li>Balances content and pedagogical knowledge appropriately </li></ul><ul><li>Meets the needs of all learners </li></ul><ul><li>Is a means of promoting social justice </li></ul><ul><li>Provides an ethic of caring </li></ul><ul><li>Supports the establishment of learning communities </li></ul>
  8. 8. What is the AAT Program? <ul><li>Associates degree program for students interested in pursuing a teaching degree or employment as an Education Assistant </li></ul><ul><li>Three tracks – current EAs, traditional day students, non-traditional adult students </li></ul>
  9. 9. How are courses offered? <ul><li>Current EA’s take 3 courses in fall and spring semesters and 2 courses in the summer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Two accelerated evening courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distance education – cable TV and Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Day courses available for traditional students starting Fall 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Evening and DE courses available for nontraditional adult students starting Fall 2007 </li></ul>
  10. 10. Options for Graduates of the AAT Program: <ul><li>Continue employment as an education assistant in K-12 education </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer to a baccalaureate program in elementary education (University of Hawaii at West Oahu, University of Hawaii at Manoa) </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer to a baccalaureate program in secondary education (University of Hawaii at Manoa) </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer to a baccalaureate program for special education (Chaminade University, City University) </li></ul>
  11. 11. What are the current degree requirements? <ul><li>62 credits total over 3 years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>19 credits in education courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Intro to Classroom Management </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Foundations in Education </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Processes and Acquisition in Reading </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Processes and Acquisition of Math </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Working with Special Needs Populations I&II </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Standards-based Art for Elementary Teachers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Education Psychology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Field Experience </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>43 credits in general education (liberal arts courses) </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. What are the proposed degree requirements? <ul><li>Core Courses in Education </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to Classroom Management </li></ul><ul><li>Foundations in Education </li></ul><ul><li>Developing Language and Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to Multicultural Education </li></ul><ul><li>Field Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Plus 1 elective </li></ul><ul><li>General Education Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Written Communication (6 credits) </li></ul><ul><li>Arts and Humanities (6 credits) </li></ul><ul><li>World Civilizations (6 credits) </li></ul><ul><li>Math (3 credits) </li></ul><ul><li>Science (7 credits) </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Apps (3 credits) </li></ul><ul><li>Social Sciences (9 credits) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Articulation Agreements <ul><li>Current: </li></ul><ul><li>Chaminade University, Honolulu, HI </li></ul><ul><li>City University, Bellevue, Washington </li></ul><ul><li>Pending: </li></ul><ul><li>University of Hawaii West Oahu </li></ul><ul><li>University of Hawaii Manoa </li></ul>
  14. 14. LCC-UHM COE relationship <ul><li>Of all the UH community college transfer students currently enrolled in all COE teacher education programs , approximately 30% of the students have taken courses at LCC. </li></ul><ul><li>Of all the UH community college transfer students currently enrolled in the COE Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) programs, approximately 33% of the students have taken courses at LCC (the highest percentage among all community colleges). </li></ul>
  15. 15. Current EA Cohort Statistics <ul><li>3 cohorts currently in the program </li></ul><ul><li>3 males, 56 females </li></ul><ul><li>Majority (over 60%) are age 40-55 </li></ul>
  16. 16. Ethnic Backgrounds <ul><li>Most frequent response </li></ul><ul><li>Native Hawaiian </li></ul><ul><li>Japanese </li></ul><ul><li>Filipino </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese </li></ul><ul><li>Caucasian </li></ul><ul><li>Less frequent response </li></ul><ul><li>Hispanic </li></ul><ul><li>Native American </li></ul><ul><li>Pacific Islander (Tonga, Samoa) </li></ul><ul><li>Korean </li></ul><ul><li>Portuguese </li></ul><ul><li>African American </li></ul>
  17. 17. Retention and Completion Rates <ul><li>Retention rate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cohort 1 – 82% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cohort 2 – 92% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cohort 3 – 100% (so far) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Expected completion rate for Cohort 1 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>60% by Spring 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20% by Summer 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20% by Spring 2007 </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Future Plans (Cohorts 1&2 surveyed 2/06) <ul><li>Cohort 1 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>47% AAT only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20% B.Ed immediately </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>33% B.Ed later </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>0 not sure </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cohort 2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>0 not sure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>65% B.Ed immediately </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>25% B.Ed later </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10% not sure </li></ul></ul>