Cameron University launches “CU Become a Teacher,” free workshops aimed at education paraprofessionals in southwest Oklahoma

Paraprofessionals who want to become a teacher in special education, early childhood education or elementary education are invited to attend “CU Become a Teacher,” a series of free, specialized workshops presented by the Cameron University Department of Education. Workshops are scheduled from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. on Monday, November 16; Wednesday, November 18; Monday, November 30; Wednesday, December 2; Monday December 7; and Wednesday, December 9. There is no charge to attend. Dinner will be served, and free childcare for children ages 3 and up will be provided. Register online at www.cameron.edu/CU-Become-A-Teacher. For more information, call 580-581-2566. 

“Paraprofessionals already have first-hand, school-based experiences that provide a rich context for those who wish to pursue a degree in education,” says Dr. Lisa Huffman, Dean, Cameron University School of Education and Behavioral Sciences. “Oklahoma continues to struggle with a teacher shortage, so we are encouraging those who already work in schools to learn how they can become a certified teacher.”

The six workshops will cover the multiple pathways for becoming a teacher as well as study skills for going back to school, balancing school with work and family commitments, and test preparation for teacher credentialing (OGET, OSAT, & OPTE). In addition, one-on-one counseling about completing a college degree and registering for coursework will be provided.

The first 10 people to register are guaranteed to earn a $200 stipend for completing the six workshops.

Participants must be currently working with a school district in early childhood education, special education, or elementary education as a paraprofessional and may or may not have a completed college degree.

CU Become a Teacher is made possible through an Oklahoma Teacher Connection Grant from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

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November 5, 2015

PR# 15-176