Provo City School District is taking an active approach to begin to address the Utah teacher shortage with a new course called Careers in Education. This course will begin in the Fall of 2017 at Timpview and Provo high schools in hopes to teach, train and inspire students to be future educators.  As demand increases, Careers in Education II and III courses will be added.

During the course, students will observe and experience education positions ranging from teacher aids to administrators. The hands-on course will provide opportunities for students to solve real classroom problems and practice techniques through case studies and reflection.

Superintendent Keith Rittel explained, “We want to get kids thinking from a variety of different angles.  This won’t be a course where students can spit out facts on a test. There will be a lot of reflection on practice.”

Diversity and education equity are important to Provo City School District.  As part of the course, students will learn how to teach a variety of student learners.

Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University have both shown interest in and support of the Careers in Education program. Utah Valley University will offer credit at the university for students taking Careers in Education.

Parents and students can learn more and sign up for Careers in Education at Timpview and Provo high school counseling centers and their respective websites.

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