Core support program at Marietta College in applicant phase

The informational Developing Core Teachers in Ohio's Appalachian Region meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7 in Erwin Hall 102.

The meeting is open to professionals in the field of science or mathematics with an undergraduate degree in mathematics, chemistry, biology or physics who wish to continue their education to pursue licensure at the high school level in mathematics, biology, chemistry or physics. The program offers free tuition.

The mentor meeting for the program is at 11 a.m. The program needs 11 more mentors. To meet the criteria for a mentor, a candidate must teach a high school level of math, biology, chemistry or physics.

The Core Support Program, developed in 2007, is a program to help build teacher capacity in high school mathematics and the sciences. The Ohio Department of Education awarded Marietta College a $425,000 grant last year to develop the program. Tuition for participants in this program is paid by this grant.

"The idea behind the program is to take people who have knowledge in the math and science field and show them how they can take that knowledge and teach it to students," said Elaine O'Rourke, program coordinator.

The Core Support Program allows professionals to continue working while completing 24 undergraduate credit hours. Each participant is assigned a mentor, however, the program is designed so the student can complete the majority of the coursework online, off campus. There will be Saturday classes on campus bimonthly.

"The program is designed for people who are looking to make a mid-career change of profession," O'Rourke said. "It meets the needs of Ohio because they foresee that there will be a shortage of science and math teachers. We have seen success because the people we have selected that have taken the Praxis [test] have scored extremely high on the test."

Applications, transcripts and background check for the Core Support Program are due no later than 4 p.m. July 18. Candidates can upgrade their courses to graduate level, with tuition difference paid by the participant. For more information about the program, call O'Rourke at (740) 376-4663 or email elaine.orourke@marietta.edu.

Applications and brochures are also available on the Department of Education website.