FAQs and Pathways
Q - What is the Emerging Educators program?
A – The Emerging Educators program is designed to let you explore the possibility of becoming a professional urban educator and to earn college credits while still in high school, even if you decide to pursue another career path. After completion of core requirements, you can specialize in various areas of edcuation. Your college credits will apply towards the completion of a four-year degree at Metropolitan State University.
Q – What is special about this program?
A – There is a great need for educators who represent and can meet the needs of an ethnically and linguistically diverse society. This program is especially designed to prepare teachers who care about young people and are interested in educating future global citizens. It prepares candidates not only how to teach, but also to transform society through innovative teaching methods specifically designed for diverse school environments and the special challenges of urban teaching.
Q – What do I have to do to get into the program?
A – Most importantly, you have to successfully complete all your 9th-grade core requirements for high school, like Math, English, Social Studies and Science. You also have to apply for and meet the requirements for admission to MCTC (with a GPA 3.0 for sophomores and juniors, or 2.5 for seniors) and pass the Accuplacer™ test, explained below. You can start the program as early as 10th grade (see sample planning chart below). The year you start taking classes determines how quickly you may finish the Associate’s degree and move to completing a four-year degree.
Q – When should I apply for the program?
A – You apply for the program in the semester before you plan to take your first course in the Emerging Educators program. This can be as early as spring semester of 9th grade.
Q – How do I apply? In person or online? Can I apply for the program when I register at South for my other classes?
A – You should discuss your interest in the program with your high school Counselor, who can help you with the application to MCTC when you create your schedule and know that you have an interest in taking an MCTC course. You need to first apply to the College, then test for placement into the course, then register for the course.
Q – What is the Accuplacer™ and why do I need to take it?
A – The Accuplacer™ is a measure of the basic skills you need to do well at MCTC. You must get a passing score before you can register for your college classes. You can take the Accuplacer™ for free at South or at MCTC.
Q – Do I have to pay special tuition to MCTC or pay for books for my college courses?
A – No. You do not pay extra.
Q – So, do I get credit for high school and college at the same time for the concurrent courses?
A – Yes. The course and credits earned will be on your high school transcript AND on an MCTC transcript. The MCTC transcipt can be submitted to other colleges for transfer should you decide to attend elsewhere after high school graduation.
Q – Do I take the classes at South or at MCTC?
A - Some classes can be taken at South and others at MCTC, as course availability does fluctuate. At South, you can begin by taking EDUC 1400 or EDUC 1500 in 10th grade. ENGL 1110 is also available at South, with plans to add other courses at the high school. The remainder of courses in the program can always be taken on the MCTC campus.
Q – Do I need to take a World Language class?
A – Having some knowledge of another language is an important part of being a global citizen and being able to connect with students from many backgrounds. The ability to use another language professionally gives you a great advantage in future study and work. There are multiple languages at South to choose from, including Ojibwe. If you are an advanced second-language or heritage language learner, you may be able to document your language skills by examination. A high score would allow you to earn a World Language Proficiency Seal on your high school diploma, which may grant you high school or college credits, depending on the institution. It is best to check with your Counselor regarding this program.
Q – What about credit for AP examinations I have taken?
A – A score of 3 or higher will often be granted college credit, depending on the subject area.
EMERGING EDUCATORS – SAMPLE EXTENDED PLAN
1165 or 1110*
* If students do not successfully test at the college level in math, they can delay this course to take developmental math during their year at MCTC.
**Students can take additional credits needed, depending on transfer plans.
Green College courses taken at South
Blue College courses taken at MCTC
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