OGDEN, Utah – As Ben Prall neared completion of his bachelor's degree, he realized he wanted to use his background in science to become a teacher.
Prall, who was completing a minor in chemistry, decided to look at options available for obtaining a teaching license. After visiting with Claudia Eliason, director of the master of education program at Weber State University, he decided the route to secondary licensure track at WSU would be the best fit for his career goals. "The main reason I chose Weber State's master's program was because I wanted to be able to use those classes to count towards a graduate degree," Prall said. "The extra effort for the advanced degree really pays off in salary in just a couple of years."
The program at WSU includes a track for people with a bachelor's degree but no teaching background. Potential teachers can obtain an elementary or secondary teacher license through the master's program, while fulfilling requirements for a master's degree in education.
"By the time students complete one of our licensure tracks, they are halfway through the master's program," Eliason said. "The program helps students learn the teachings skills to go with the subject knowledge they obtained in their undergraduate degree."
An additional 16 hours of course work are required for a secondary education license, while 23 hours are required for an elementary education license. The program also includes mentoring and support for individuals who are currently teaching with a provisional license.
Kelli Brown, who completed her bachelor's degree at the University of Utah in English, is another student who decided to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher by enrolling in WSU's master's degree program. She has completed the licensure portion of the program and teaches English at Layton High School.
She said her favorite part of teaching is making a difference in her students' lives. "I love that I can have such a big influence on an important group of young people," Brown said. "I love seeing the "aha moment on my students' faces when they learn something new."
Brown, Prall and their fellow students are part of a growing trend of bachelor's degree holders in a variety of fields who are looking to transition to teaching, helping meet the teaching shortage facing school districts throughout the state.
The program is accepting applications for students interested in the two licensure programs. Potential candidates must meet admission requirements. For more information, visit weber.edu/meduc or call 801-626-6278.
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