Concord University was first founded in 1872, as a college preparing students for a career in teaching.
Over the years, the education program has made adjustments to it’s undergraduate program, to reflect changes in enrollment numbers for some areas of study.
Instead of students enrolling into the undergraduate program for subjects like math education, general science or chemistry, students will major in that subject. Students will later enroll into the Master of Arts in Teaching program.
Before, a student interested in teaching chemistry enrolled in the undergraduate program and completed coursework for both chemistry and teacher education.
“Sometimes they got it done in 4 years and sometimes they didn’t,” said Kathryn Liptak, Associate Provost and Professor of Education at Concord University. “Sometimes it took 5 years because they were doing two things at once.”
Instead, that undergraduate student will complete the chemistry degree first and later enroll into the MAT program.
But the department says these adjustments have created confusion about whether the education program still exists.
“,We are still offering teacher education degrees in elementary and secondary education and special education at the undergraduate level” said Liptak.”
Alexi Prackus, a Senior, majoring in Elementary Education. Prackus says she will be doing student teaching next semester and is considering the MAT program after she graduates.
“I see teachers that have graduated from Concord and they are experiencing success in their field,” said Prackus. “I’m confident that I will find a job.”
Liptak says the program numbers are not dropping for the undergraduate or MAT program.
“We have about 320 teacher education majors enrolled at the undergraduate level and we probably have about 120 at the graduate level,” said Liptak. Our numbers are not dropping at all and we hope we are contributing qualified teachers and graduates of our program .”
Liptak says the teacher education program at Concord is not being discontinued and they’ll continue to help students succeed in the teaching profession.