2+2 Teacher Preparation with Elizabeth City State University

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Halifax and Northampton Counties are in desperate need of qualified teachers. Unfortunately, many of our most talented young people leave the area to attend college and they never return. The good news is that there are hundreds of individuals living right here who would be excellent teachers. Their problem is that there are no nearby universities where they can to earn their degrees.

That's why Halifax Community College and Elizabeth City State University have formed a partnership to enable the Roanoke Valley to grow its own teachers and make dreams come true for future teachers as well as students and parents who are counting on the public schools to meet their educational needs.

Rural areas of North Carolina are feeling the teacher shortage especially hard. The closest teacher education programs in the UNC System are about 90 miles from the Roanoke Valley—too far for working folks to travel after work.

The program was first made available to teacher assistants. In the first semester, there were over 100 students enrolled in the program. Most of these were teacher assistants, but some were not. While some of the students in the program will be enrolling right out of high school, it is anticipated that the majority of the students will be older, working adults.