- Associated Press - Saturday, April 9, 2016

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) - Bellevue University has received approval to launch Nebraska’s first new teacher education program in 15 years.

Members of the Nebraska State Board of Education voted unanimously Friday to grant the university provisional approval for the new program, the Omaha World-Herald reported (https://bit.ly/1RXHHnC ).

It will be the 17th teacherprep program in the state. The previous one to win approval was Grace University’s in 2001.

Bellevue University officials plan to offer a four-year program to certify secondary school teachers.

Provisional approval allows the university to ramp up the program over the next three years with state oversight.



The program’s first teachers will be certified two and a half to three years from now, said Rod Hewlett, the university’s chief academic officer. The program will start with 15 to 20 students and “responsibly” expand to around 100 to 150, he said.

Officials plan to focus the program on the fields of math, science, history, technology, business and psychology. Teachers with those specialties are in short supply in some areas of the state.

There’s a tremendous need for science and technology teachers to replace ones retiring in those fields, Hewlett said.

“The goal is to offer something unique and special, and meeting the needs of the state and meeting our learners as well,” he said.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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