LEWISTON – An informational session will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College to address the university’s Extended Teacher Education Program.

The graduate level teacher education program consists of two phases: the internship and the master’s degree in teaching and learning.

The internship phase provides all of the coursework and experience required for Maine certification in either a compact, full-time format or for certification in kindergarten through grade eight special education or secondary education, a part-time two-year format.

Once students complete the internship and secure their first teaching assignment, they have the option of completing an additional 13 credits of advanced professional study to earn a MS Ed with a concentration in teaching and learning.

The program also has a two-year unified kindergarten through grade eight general education/special education option leading to certification in both areas. The unified option is designed especially for participation by people employed in schools, such as educational technicians.

Students engage in teaching activities in public schools under the supervision of a mentor teacher. They complete courses designed to help them learn subject area methods, knowledge of student development and features of curriculum construction and assessment.

Students may pursue either elementary and middle school certification or secondary certification in six subject areas. Some of the partner schools include Poland Regional High School and the Bruce Whittier Middle School in Poland.

The free workshop, open to the public, will be held in Room 170 at Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster St. Light refreshments will be served. Those who wish to attend are asked to call 753-6552 to register or to get more information.

Space is limited, so advance registration is encouraged. A similar event focused on the undergraduate teacher education program known as CLASS will be held Tuesday evening, Oct. 26.

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