Sessions offer details on teacher certification programs

August 8, 2011

Individuals with a bachelor’s degree in any field and a desire to enter the teaching profession can learn about Arizona State University programs leading to a master’s degree and Arizona teacher certification during one of several upcoming information sessions. The sessions are offered online as well as in person at the university’s Tempe, Polytechnic and West campuses.

ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College offers its Master’s and Arizona Certification (MAC) programs in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, special education and physical education. Programs are offered at ASU’s Polytechnic, Tempe and West campuses and on-site in local school districts. Partners for on-site programs in metropolitan Phoenix include the Osborn and Deer Valley districts, with the Sunnyside district in the Tucson area to be added in the summer of 2012. Classroom lab setting Download Full Image

Through a federal grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, teacher candidates in the Osborn and Sunnyside programs are eligible to apply for a living-wage stipend in the amount of $18,000 during the first year of the residency. The living wage is paid directly to the teacher candidate in monthly installments during the first year. To earn the living wage, teacher candidates must agree to work in the partnership district for a minimum of three years after completing the certification program.

“Our programs have a great reputation for producing high-quality teachers who have successfully completed rigorous coursework, field experiences and student teaching,” said Barbara Giles, assistant dean in Teachers College. “We maintain strong partnerships with school districts and work closely to ensure the preparation our students receive is consistent with the skills and qualities districts are looking for when hiring teachers.”

All requirements for on-campus MAC programs, including teacher certification and a master of education degree, may be completed in 18 months. Coursework meeting Arizona’s Structured English Immersion (SEI) requirement is built into all programs. On-site programs in partner school districts are four semesters in length, including summer coursework and field experience internships.

For prospective students considering starting a program in January 2012, offerings include the on-site elementary education program at the Osborn School District in Phoenix; the special education programs at the West and Polytechnic campuses that also provide elementary education certification; the elementary education and secondary education programs at the Tempe campus; and the early childhood education program, which features an online format.

Additional programs will admit their next cohort of students in the summer or fall of 2012.

Upcoming information sessions cover admission requirements, program options, and information about the Arizona teacher certification process. The sessions, which provide details about all programs at all locations, include:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 10: Online info session, 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 25: Polytechnic campus, 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 29: Tempe campus, 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 31: Online session, 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 6: West campus, 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 8: Polytechnic campus, 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 12: Online session, 10 a.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 12: Tempe campus, 5 p.m.

Information sessions are approximately 90 minutes in length. Participants may register online at

For more information, call (602) 543-3634.

McCormick, Cronkite offer census online training

August 8, 2011

In partnership with the McCormick Foundation, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University is offering free online training for journalists reporting on the U.S. census.

The McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute, “Going Deep with Census Demographic and Economic Data,” offers videos, slide presentations and other materials to help journalists and others understand the wide range of demographic, economic and other data collected by the Census Bureau. Download Full Image

The site captures presentations by 17 top journalists, data experts and census subject area specialists. Each session is approximately 40 minutes long and consists of professionally edited videos and accompanying slide presentations time stamped to match the videos.

Presenters include journalists from The New York Times, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune and The Orange County Register as well as experts from the Census Bureau, the Pew Research Center, ASU, Duke University and the University of Minnesota.

“Tapping into the treasure trove of data emanating from the census takes extraordinary expertise,” said McCormick Journalism Program Director Clark Bell. “We expect journalists across the nation will benefit from the creative ideas produced at this workshop.”

The Cronkite School developed the innovative training program under a grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Chicago that funds programs aimed at building a more active and engaged citizenry and strengthening a democratic society.

Offering the training online was a way to broaden access, said Cronkite Associate Dean Kristin Gilger. “With a traditional training workshop like this, you could reach 20, 30 or 40 people,” she said. “This way, we can reach thousands of people anywhere on the globe with this important and timely information.”

The sessions also will be distributed through the Poynter Institute’s News University and a Cronkite School’s podcast collection on iTunesU.

Steve Doig, the Cronkite School’s Knight Chair in Journalism who is leading the census training effort, said demographic and economic data gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau impacts ordinary Americans in ways most people don’t realize. It ranges from “head counts used for redrawing political boundaries to the detailed workings of every sector our economy and the flow of imports and exports to and from America,” Doig said. “But few reporters know about this cornucopia of information and how it can be used for stories.”

Specific topics covered include employment and unemployment, county business patterns, income and poverty, jails and prisons, wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing and services, foreign trade, government finances and housing.

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