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EAC Education Department to offer two new classes this spring

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EAC Education Department to offer two new classes this spring

By Todd Haynie

THATCHER, AZ—This spring, the Eastern Arizona College Education Department will offer two new courses, one to prepare individuals to be substitute teachers, and the other to meet state standards for Structured English Immersion (SEI).

Substitute Teacher Role Preparation (EDU100D) is designed to give potential substitute teachers a background on what is required to fulfill the responsibility of a substitute teacher. Substitute teaching is a challenging job, and an important part of the school community. Many school districts currently have a tough time meeting their staffing needs for substitutes. This course will help local districts fill that need by providing more qualified candidates for these positions.

For individuals qualifying as a regular certified substitute teacher, this can be a rewarding job. For many, it’s their first opportunity to be a teacher and they may be considering working toward certification as a regular classroom teacher. A good sub makes a good certified teacher.

“We have been working with Donna McGaughey, Graham County School Superintendent, to develop a workshop that lets participants build a ‘tool kit’ and be as effective as possible in the classroom,” said JoAnne Ellsworth, EAC’s education teacher. “Everyone in this class will learn to follow a check list for substitute teachers.”

The course will provide students with the instructional and classroom management tools and strategies to be successful in the K-12 setting. It will also prepare individuals to enter a variety of classroom settings and situations and carry out the instructions left by the regular classroom teacher or implement meaningful lessons when no instructions have been given.

Substitute Teacher Role Preparation is a one-credit course (Section #7105) and will be taught as a two-day sequence on Friday, January 20, 2006 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, January 21, 2006 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Education Department’s second new offering for the spring will be Structured English Immersion (EDU232). SEI training is required of all Arizona education professionals. This course is designed to provide learning opportunities that meet state standards and provide a road map for implementing SEI techniques for all learners. Terminology, the history of this educational process, and cultural awareness are all key components of this class.

“We offered this class in October and the response was very positive,” explained Ellsworth. “Teachers presented a lesson on the second day, and that was a great opportunity to learn from each other and it also reinforced that good teachers have been doing many of the SEI techniques all along in their classrooms.”

Certificates of completion will be presented to all participants at the conclusion of this class.

Structured English Immersion is a one-credit class (Section #7101) and will be taught as a two-day sequence on Friday, February 10, 2006 from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, February 11, 2006 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Education Department is also working on developing a three-credit on-line version of the SEI course which meets the next requirement by the Arizona State Department of Education.

To register, contact EAC Records and Registration at (928) 428-8270 or register online at For more information about either of these new education course offerings at EAC, please contact Ellsworth at (928) 428-8312. –30–