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Partnership encourages aspiring teachers

The Arlington Independent School District (AISD) and UTA are partnering to create an innovative Teacher Academy to encourage aspiring young educators to pursue careers in teaching and offer them a clear path to success.

The Teacher Academy will provide high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn both university semester credit hours and high school course credit, giving students interested in teaching careers an advantage as they become college- and workforce-ready.

"UTA has an exceptional College of Education that produces top teachers, many of whom are employed by the AISD," President Vistasp M. Karbhari says. "This collaboration will help us continue to produce highly qualified educators prepared to work with the diverse student populations in our school district and meet the needs of students within our community."

Students will sign a degree plan with UTA as high school juniors and, through dual-credit offerings, be able to complete their college degrees within three years of graduating from high school.

Selection of academy students will begin next school year. Participants will pursue one of four study pathways: bilingual education, English as a second language, early childhood through sixth grade, and special education.

Once students complete the program and earn teaching certification, they will be preferred candidates for teaching positions within the Arlington school district.

"As Texas and our region grow, so does the demand for highly educated teachers," says State Rep. Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie). "The new Teacher Academy will help address the critical need and have a lasting and positive impact on our community."

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