Rowan Offers Unique Five-Year Education Program

Rowan Offers Unique Five-Year Education Program

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Glassboro-The face of education is ever-changing, and the College of Education at Rowan continues to work to provide future teachers with the background they will need t
Glassboro-The face of education is ever-changing, and the College of Education at Rowan continues to
work to provide future teachers with the background they will need to be best prepared to meet those changes.

This semester, the College of Education is initiating Co-Teach, a five-year program that combines
undergraduate preparation in education and liberal arts with graduate study that leads to certification in
elementary and special education. Co-Teach also includes an option for certification in reading.

Students who complete the program will earn a bachelor of arts degree in a liberal arts field as well as in
education and a master of science in teaching degree as well.

Co-Teach was designed to prepare teachers for the diverse classrooms that are becoming more and more
the norm, with students with a range of learning abilities increasingly being taught in the same classrooms,
often by two or more teachers working together.

The Co-Teach program offers more than an added degree. Students are part of a cohort group that studies
together as a learning community, with designated class sections and ongoing activities aimed at community
building. The program also offers students the opportunity to select a designated living area on campus.
Faculty from different departments co-teach the courses, and field experiences expose students to children
with a wide range of learning abilities, including those with disabilities.

<+>The Co-Teach program is the first of its kind in New Jersey and one of the first in the United States,<+> said
Jay Kuder, chair of Rowan's Department of Special Education. <+>We are excited about helping our students
become excellent teachers with a firm grounding in liberal arts.<+>

(NOTE: Rowan University has one of the largest education schools in the country.)