LEWISTON – An informational workshop on the teacher education program at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The undergraduate program called CLASS (Collaborative Learning and School Success) prepares students for careers in the classroom as “teacher-leaders.” CLASS enables students to complete a bachelor’s degree in an academic major of their choice in the arts and sciences and to become certified teachers in grades kindergarten through eight.

The program provides all the education courses and experiences required for students to become qualified, state certified candidates for teaching positions. The education courses, field experiences and seminars all occur “on-site” in local public schools.

By the end of the program, students will also have completed at least 35 graduate credit hours toward USM’s Master’s in Teaching and Learning.

The CLASS program is based on the Professional Development School model with the college’s two partner schools being located in Auburn.

The informal session on the program will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at USM/L-A on Westminster Street. It will be an opportunity to meet with college and partner school faculty, as well as with students in the program. Light refreshments will be served. Those who wish to attend are asked to call 753-6618 or email [email protected] Space is limited, so advance registration is encouraged.

The program is designed specifically for undergraduate students. Anyone interested in teaching who already holds a bachelor’s degree may want to consider the ETEP program. ETEP is a post-baccalaureate teacher education program offered through USM’s College of Education and Human Development. Those interested are encouraged to call 780-5306 for more information.

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