Alternative Route to Education - A Teacher's View

Teachers going through an alternative route program are professionals who have a bachelor's degree in another subject and decide to go into education.

These teachers don't just step into a classroom; they take preparation classes.

The classes are applied to a Masters of Arts Degree in Education, while the teacher is working.

The teachers have temporary teaching certificates that are renewable each year, for a maximum of three years. Officials with Western say if all of the courses aren't completed in those three years, the certificate can't be renewed and the individual won't be able to teach.

Holly Bush is one of those new teachers. She says: "I never thought I'd be a teacher. I swore I'd never be a teacher, my parents are both teachers and through my work experience I found that's what I was naturally doing, and probably what my calling was."

Holly majored in math at Western Kentucky University and was working for the school when she realized she may want to try the one thing she never thought she'd do.

Holly says: "I had been working at WKU and the position I was in I had to train people to do certain things and that was the part of my job I enjoyed the most and made me think, maybe I do want to try teaching."

Holly turned to an alternative route program to begin the certification process.

She began two of her classes this summer. Through those classes Holly's learning the skills it takes to be a teacher. "We cover how you handle a classroom, how you manage your classroom, talking about content, how you present yourself, really getting us ready to come into the classroom."

Holly and her classmates at Western will continue their education together, so they'll have someone to call for support or advice.

She's hoping this real world experience will take her far in the classroom.

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