While school districts across Illinois say recruiting and retaining teachers is a growing problem, College of DuPage is addressing the issue and achieving results. Rita Haake of COD sits on the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s board of directors and writes here about how much COD and the Chamber are doing to make sure teachers are recognized. On August 15, the WSCCI hosts its Annual New Teacher and Administrator Welcome Breakfast … to celebrate and honor the new teachers who will help educate our future leaders, not only in this west suburban region, but nationally and internationally as well!
A report released by the Illinois Association of Superintendents of Schools (IARSS) provided in-depth details about the statewide problem. According to the report, 60 percent of the districts across the state reported difficulty with staffing positions. Sixteen percent of responding districts had to cancel classes due to a lack of teachers with appropriate qualifications and 76 percent reported that fewer qualified candidates were applying for positions. Forty-three percent reported that the candidates applying were worse than applicants from previous years. Remaining a leader in education, College of DuPage took steps to address the problem. Since 2015, courses in COD’s Teacher Preparation program have been aligned directly with Illinois Professional Teaching Standards (IPTS) with student progress reported using these standards. The College now offers Enhanced 2+2 degree programs in Elementary Education, Special Education, Elementary/Special Education and Early Childhood Education, which provide students the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree from COD and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lewis University at a significantly reduced tuition rate.
In addition, the College offers a 16 credit-hour Teaching Online Utilizing Technology (TOUT) certificate program which provides hands-on training for educators, managers, trainers and students who want to incorporate the latest technology into their curriculum. Demonstrating its effective approach to providing a quality education while remaining current and addressing challenges, COD saw its 2017 spring enrollment in its Teacher Preparation program increase 24 percent compared to the spring 2016 term. College of DuPage President Dr. Ann Rondeau recently wrote about this topic in a column for the Daily Herald. Click here to read more.
What else is happening around COD? The McAninch Arts Center has an exciting selection of music, dance, theater, comedy and literary events showcasing world-class artists. Click here to view the 2017-2018 season at the MAC. Fall registration is underway, with classes starting on Monday, Aug. 21. Sign up now to get the classes you want on the schedule you need.
Come out to help the WSCCI honor the region’s educators on August 15. Click here for details!