Austin Peay State University and Volunteer State Community College have partnered to provide teacher licensure programs at Highland Crest College Campus in Springfield beginning in January 2012.
Students will complete the first two years of coursework through Volunteer State and earn the Associate of Science in Teaching (A.S.T.). Upon completion of the A.S.T. degree, students will complete the next two years and earn a bachelor’s degree and teaching license through APSU. All courses will be offered at the Highland Crest Campus.
Beginning in Spring 2012, APSU will offer a master’s degree in reading at Highland Crest. Designed for licensed teachers with a minimum of three years teaching experience, this degree will prepare teachers to be a reading specialist for a school or district. Coursework is provided in face-to-face and online formats.
APSU also will offer a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) at Highland Crest beginning in Fall 2012. The M.A.T. provides opportunities for individuals who hold baccalaureate degrees to complete initial teacher licensure requirements and a master’s degree concurrently. The program is offered in a cohort format. Coursework is provided in face-to-face and online formats. Field experiences in public schools are required as part of the required coursework. At the end of the program, participants must either complete student teaching or teach on an alternative license and pass all required licensure exams to earn their teaching license.
Information concerning these programs will be provided at an open house from 2-6 p.m., Dec. 6 at Highland Crest. Representatives from both campuses will be available to answer your questions. If you cannot attend the open house, contact Phyllis Foley (VSCC) at 615-230-4828 for information about the undergraduate program. Dr. Benita Bruster at APSU is the contact person for the master’s in reading and can be reached at 931-221-6491. For information about the M.A.T., call Dr. Barbara Peterson at APSU, 931-221-6468. - Dr. Melony Shemberger