Elementary education majors who begin their education at Colby and Garden City community colleges will now be able to make a seamless transfer to Fort Hays State University to continue their education after the two colleges signed 2-plus-2 agreements with FHSU this fall.
Because there is such a shortage of elementary teachers today, this signing is a great way to make the path towards a degree simpler and clearer, allowing more individuals to complete their education and seek licensure in Kansas.
According to Dr. Germaine Taggart, chair of the Department of Teacher Education at FHSU, the partnership will enable those who are seeking degrees in the areas of the elementary education and early childhood education to make an easier transfer.
Community college representatives have met with FHSU for several years to discuss programs and procedures that would aid students in their transition to FHSU. These discussions resulted in the 2-plus-2 agreements with Kansas’ community colleges, the most recent being the two with Colby Community College and Garden City Community College.
This agreement allows community college students who are working towards an associate degree to know exactly what classes are needed at the community college and at FHSU to eventually earn a bachelor’s degree.
Both the elementary education and early childhood unified teaching degrees are offered online, in class or a combination of both. Hopeful teachers can take classes that work around their busy schedules, suit their needs and give them hands-on experience in the teaching field.