ULM has become the first institution of higher learning in the state to offer a pre-educator pathway recognized by the Louisiana Department of Education. The program will be offered to high school students to give them an early start toward teacher certification upon graduation.
Amy L. Weems, ULM assistant professor in the School of Education, co-authored the plan with Lincoln Parish Schools. She presented the ULM Pre-Educator Pathway to the state Board of Secondary and Elementary Education at its Oct. 16 meeting in Baton Rouge. The board unanimously approved the plan.
The ULM Pre-Educator Pathway will build on the existing Educators Rising program started by the School of Education in the fall.
ULM partnered with three area high schools to implement Educators Rising. The initiative encourages and guides high school students toward careers as teachers. Wossman, Neville and Oak Grove high schools are providing preparatory course work through Educators Rising to aspiring teachers.