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Always wanted to teach? Now’s your chance

Faced with the possibility of as many as 60 teachers retiring from Nevada County’s largest school district in 2007, the Superintendent of Schools Office is partnering with San Diego-based National University to train future educators.

Under a joint venture, the county superintendent’s office will in April begin offering classes to locals – who already have four-year degrees – interested in teaching full-time.

The classes consist of both on-line and on-site courses taught at the county superintendent’s office, to be followed by a required student-teaching component at area school districts.

Programs for elementary and secondary school programs will be available and will be taught by local educators, according to National University.

There is no cap on the amount of students that can participate in the classes, which would meet twice a week at the county superintendent’s office in addition to an online component.

Tuition is $1,125 for the course, and students who enroll will receive a 25 percent discount, said Sharon Mont, National’s associate regional dean for Sacramento.

Students will take 10 courses covering such disciplines as psychology, curriculum, educational psychology and health.

“This is a very exciting time for Nevada County,” said Renee McGrath, who handles teacher credentialing for the county superintendent’s office.

Nevada Joint Union High School District Superintendent Maggie Deetz said the program comes at a critical time for the 4,200-student district. Nearly one-third of the district’s teachers will be eligible for a retirement program that sunsets in 2007.

Deetz said the training program is ideal for those who already live here and are considering a career change.

The starting salary for a new teacher at the high school district is $37,109. Those with master’s and doctorate degrees can earn as much as $1,500 extra a year, according to district figures.

“It’s hard enough to attract people from out of town, but if we can tap into the local market, that would be beneficial for us,” she said.

Linda Kramer, assistant superintendent for the 2,100-student Pleasant Ridge Union School District, said the K-8 district hasn’t had a difficult time recruiting new teachers but this program would enhance the local pool of candidates.

“The broader the range of candidates, the better we’re able to find ones that meet our needs,” she said.

Know and go

What: Informational meetings on partnership between National University and Nevada County Superintendent of Schools

When: Thursday, Feb. 17, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Where: Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office, 112 Nevada City Highway

Information: Renee McGrath, 478-6400, ext. 202.

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