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Teacher certification partnership aids K College students

Feb. 18, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College have entered into an agreement that will put K students on a fast track for teacher certification.

Under the agreement, approved Feb. 15, by the WMU Board of Trustees, K College students who complete a teachable major and minor and meet WMU's program admission requirements will be permitted to enroll in professional education courses at WMU while enrolled at K College. They also will have the option to enroll as WMU students with a "certification only" designation. Upon completion of teacher certification requirements, WMU will recommend them for certification by the Michigan Department of Education.

K College will designate an academic advisor, who will work as a liaison between K College students and the WMU teacher education program. Students must have passing scores on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification Basic Skills tests; have a minimum grade point average of 2.5; and complete the Education 2000 course or a designated equivalent with a grade of C or better. Students will work closely with their K College academic advisor to assure their academic major and minor programs are equivalent to WMU's state-approved majors and minors.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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