By Staff, Louisiana Baptist Message
PINEVILLE, La. (LBM) – Louisiana Christian University presently is accepting applications for fall enrollment in its TEACH alternative certificate program that the school hopes will help place more teachers into the school system.
Previously, the school just offered summer enrollment for those who had a bachelor’s degree and wished to earn state certification in education. To accommodate the growing needs, LCU decided to expand the program.
“We are hopeful this fall group will attract those who missed the summer start,” said Victory Lindo-Lemons, LCU assistant professor of education and TEACH program coordinator. “We basically want to change the narrative to say that it’s not too late to join the TEACH program and earn your master’s degree while pursuing certification.”
Students must complete 21 hours to become certified.
According to the Rapides Parish School Board website, schools in the parish have more than 98 teaching positions that need to be filled with school starting Aug. 8. RPSB Superintendent Jeff Powell said LCU continues to be a strong partner through its TEACH program.
“Each year there is a big need to fill the dozens of vacancies left by those retiring, moving, or choosing other options,” he said. “LCU and our other higher education partners work diligently with us to fill those voids.”