|For Immediate Release (01-33)
Date: April 25, 2001
Contact: Steve Simon, Montgomery College (240-567-7952)
Kate Harrison, Montgomery County Public Schools
Stacey Carter-Lane, Towson University
Montgomery County Schools,
Montgomery College, Towson University
Launch '2+2+2' Partnership to Grow
Teacher Education ProgramsEffort Leads
Students from High School through College and Back to Classroom
(Rockville, Maryland) --
Bolstering efforts to increase the number of high school
graduates going into teaching, Montgomery College and Montgomery
County Public Schools are teaming up with Towson University to
help provide students with a seamless training path from high
school through college, and ultimately, to a job in the field.
Leaders from the three institutions --
including Dr. Hoke Smith, president of Towson University; Dr.
Charlene R. Nunley, president of Montgomery College; and Dr.
James A. Williams, deputy superintendent of MCPS-- today
officially signed the "2+2+2" articulation agreement during a
ceremony at Montgomery College's Rockville Campus.
The second such agreement between
Montgomery College, MCPS and a state university, this
partnership with Towson brings the schools and the community
college together with the university that is the state's largest
producer of teachers. It provides for the recruitment of
students in the last two years of high school, the first two
years of college at Montgomery College -- in pursuit of an
associate's degree in early childhood education -- and
completion of the third and fourth years of work towards a
baccalaureate degree at Towson.
Early childhood education majors at Towson
-- who, through this program, will be able to take their first
two years of coursework at Montgomery College -- learn
theoretical principles of teaching and learning. They apply
those principles by working directly with young children. The
program leads to Maryland certification to teach children from
birth to third grade.
A similar "2+2+2" program to recruit,
educate and train teachers was launched between MCPS, Montgomery
College and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in
Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening
recognized the initiative last month as an example of the kind
of innovative efforts that must be developed to help resolve a
dire shortage of teachers, locally, and across the state and
"What better way to secure great teachers
than to prepare them early and provide attention and guidance
along the way," said Dr. Smith, the Towson University president.
"This new partnership does just that."
"Closing the gap between the need for
teachers and the number of young people entering the field is
one of the greatest challenges we all are facing in the field of
education," said Dr. Nunley, of Montgomery College. "Through
creative partnerships such as this, we are helping to ensure
that we will be successful in this effort."
"As the state's largest employer of
teachers, we have a particular vested interest in the success of
this partnership," said Dr. Jerry D. Weast, superintendent of
Montgomery County Public Schools. "Everyone wins here --
especially the students, the future teachers, who participate."
Starting in the junior year of high
school, MCPS will orient participating students to the teaching
profession and provide pre-internship experiences and internship
opportunities. Students who wish to enter the program apply to
both Montgomery College and Towson University and follow a
structured, four-year curriculum, drawing on the resources of
After four years, the students will
graduate with an associate's degree from Montgomery College, a
bachelor's degree from Towson University and Maryland teacher
certification. MCPS will work with the students throughout their
collegiate career, providing internship opportunities and, prior
to graduation, recruiting them to teach in Montgomery County.
Approximately 25 percent of teachers hired
each year by MCPS are graduates of the school system. Programs
such as this are being developed to help boost the number of
students entering the teaching field and to enhance the quality
of their preparation.