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Applications for new teaching program accepted until Oct. 2

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ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Pacific University is still accepting applications for a new teacher-training program that will hold evening and weekend classes in Roseburg starting in January.

Plans to open a Master’s of Arts in Teaching program started earlier this year between the Douglas Education Service District and Pacific University as a way to address teacher shortages.

“Long range economic forecasts show that teachers will retire in greater numbers than college graduates will enter the profession. This trend is expected to continue for at least the next decade. Since our area routinely competes with metro areas of the state for the limited number of teachers, our component districts and superintendents have asked us to find a way to grow our own,” said Holly Hill, Douglas ESD HR Director. “This partnership with Pacific University and these first cohorts are our first crop, and we’re eager to help fill up the classes.”

More than 80 people turned out in March for an information night to gauge interest in developing a local teacher training program, prompting the two institutions to work together to build a long-distance program that will be held at the Douglas ESD. The first two MAT programs have space for 15 to 25 students each.

A cohort specifically for special education teachers is expected to graduate students in about 16 or 18 months.

The second cohort for early childhood, elementary, middle school and high school teaching degrees will be completed in December of 2018.

The classes, scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursday evenings along with some Saturdays, begin Jan. 2, 2018 at the Douglas ESD offices at 1871 NE Stephens in Roseburg.

This program is for people who already hold bachelor’s degrees (in any degree). Applications for the MAT program are due Oct. 2. The online application is available on Pacific University’s website and requires an essay, resume, three references and college transcripts. Douglas ESD staff recommend contacting them for help submitting the application for the Douglas County-specific Cohort.

Because the Douglas County program is new, Pacific University has reduced costs by a third of its normal per credit fee. A financial aid night is schedule from 5-7, Sept. 12, to assist prospective candidates to know what other scholarships and financial options are available.

For more information about teaching and the MAT program please contact Holly Hill, holly.hill@douglasesd.k12.or.us, (541) 957-4837 or Jessica Vaughn, jessica.vaughn@douglasesd.k12.or.us, (541) 492-6611. For assistance navigating the online application portal, contact DD Bixby, (541) 530-3880, or dd.bixby@douglasesd.k12.or.us.

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