Are you a high school or college student thinking of pursuing a career in teaching? The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) has scheduled an event designed to inform current or future education students about their local options.
The CSM Fall 2017 Teacher Education Open House will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the college’s La Plata Campus, in Room BI-113, 8730 Mitchell Road.
“It’s for CSM students. It’s also for anyone in the tri-county area thinking of becoming a teacher,” said Professor Beth Settle, program coordinator of CSM teacher education. “It’s a fact-finding opportunity … all your information in one place.”
At the fair, information will be available about CSM’s programs, some of which enable a student to complete a bachelor’s degree entirely in Southern Maryland. Universities that partner with CSM to provide teacher education programs will be available to answer questions. In addition, human resources representatives from each of the Southern Maryland school systems will participate in the event to advise on each county’s job opportunities and requirements.
Visitors can learn about CSM’s 2+2 Partnership Programs with Notre Dame of Maryland University and Towson University as well as the three associate degrees in teacher education that are offered at CSM.
Kayla Watkins of Waldorf is a second-year education student at CSM who chose the CSM program because it allowed her to save money, stay local and still pursue her goals.
“I chose this school for multiple reasons,” Watkins said. “I was not sure what university I wanted to go to, so CSM was the best start. I’m getting the same education, with an affordable cost. And I could still live and home and still have time to work on other things.”
Watkins is passionate about her career choice, as she works toward becoming certified as an elementary school teacher. “I want to be a teacher because … I can make a big impact in a positive way.”
Watkins said the college’s open house will be a great opportunity for like-minded future educators. “They can get a better understanding about what they’re going to be doing in the future,” she said.
Settle said the open house is designed to assist students as they make decisions about their education and certification options. “The main thing is to see what opportunities are available,” Settle said. “We can tell you how to complete your teaching degree locally and maintain and hold that local professional network.”
For information about teacher education at CSM, visit www.csmd.edu/teachered.
CSM Fall 2017 Teacher Education Open House. 5-7 p.m., Oct. 19, College of Southern Maryland, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), Room 113, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. CSM’s Teacher Education Open House is a chance for high school and college-age students to drop in and learn about teacher education at the College of Southern Maryland as well as certification pathways here in Southern Maryland. Students who are currently in and who have graduated from partnership programs will be available to answer questions, as will representatives from CSM, the local school system and partner institutions. Free. 301-934-7821, Elizabeth.Settle@csmd.edu, www.csmd.edu/teachered.