Explore a second career – become a teacher Goshen College offers information night for Transition to Teaching program

GOSHEN, Ind. – A career in teaching is inviting, challenging and satisfying – and requires the strong preparation that a nationally accredited school like Goshen College can provide.
Now, anyone who has earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university has the opportunity to enter the accelerated Transition to Teaching program at Goshen College to prepare to earn Indiana state licensure for classroom teaching.

Marg Mast, director of teacher education at Goshen College, said the Transition to Teaching Program was created for college graduates who wish to pursue a career as a certified elementary or high school teacher. To qualify for either the elementary or secondary teacher preparation program, individuals must have earned a minimum 3.0 grade point average while earning their bachelor’s degree; those interested in teaching high school should build on the field of study of their undergraduate degree.

“This is an excellent opportunity for people who are interested in an accelerated program that can enable them to step into a second career, in the classroom, in a year and a half,” said Mast. “Goshen College is uniquely prepared to help teacher candidates prepare for the demands of teaching in public schools – from understanding today’s classrooms to building a curriculum around the strengths of individual students. Our faculty have extensive contacts and good relationships with local school systems, and students have field experiences each semester for hands-on learning.”

The benefits of the Transition to Teaching Program at Goshen College, which is approved by the Indiana Professional Standards Board, include:

  • Accelerated format – a year and a half (three semesters), including student teaching.
  • Field experiences during every semester, for opportunities to work in different settings while connecting educational theory and practice.
  • Personal attention from experienced professors who understand modern classrooms and school requirements.
  • Convenient campus setting in Goshen.
  • Development of a teaching portfolio that prepares teacher candidates for licensure in the State of Indiana and for meeting the demands of today’s students in dynamic elementary and high schools.

The program for elementary education through the Transition to Teaching Program is 24 credit hours; the secondary program is 18 credit hours (assuming adequate preparation for teaching content related to the area in which the bachelor’s degree was earned).

For preliminary information about the Transition to Teaching Program, contact the Goshen College Admission Office by calling (574) 535-7535 or (800) 348-7422 or e-mailing admissions@goshen.edu.

Goshen College is a national liberal arts college known for leadership in international education, service-learning and peace and justice issues in the Anabaptist Mennonite tradition. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program and exceptional educational value, GC serves more than 1,000 students in both traditional and nontraditional programs. The college earned citations of excellence among U.S.News & World Reportand Barron’s Best Buys in Higher Education. For more information, visit the college’s Web site at www.goshen.edu./

Editors: For more information, contact Rachel Lapp, director of public relations, at (574) 535-7571 or racheljl@goshen.edu.