Kutztown, Reading Area Community College and Career & Technology Centers Launch Teacher Education Pathway

Institutional representatives

READING, Pa. – Kutztown University of Pennsylvania President Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson and Reading Area Community College (RACC) President Dr. Susan Looney signed an agreement Aug. 20, 2019, for KU to teach a Bachelor of Science in Education (BSED) with Prek-4 Teacher Certification program at RACC’s campus starting fall 2020.

The agreement frames a teacher certification pathway through leveraging Berks County public institutions – Kutztown University, Reading Area Community College, Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technology Centers and Berks Career and Technology Center  – and addresses workforce projections for qualified early childhood teachers in the region.

Students will be able to begin taking college courses this fall at the Career Technology Centers (CTC) through the Teacher Academy, a college-credit bearing career pathway in CTC Early Childhood Education taught at both CTC’s.

Students will be able to complete their Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Early Childhood Teaching in a year after graduating from high school before transitioning to Kutztown University’s BSED (PreK-4 Certification) program offered at RACC’s campus. At the center of these agreements, which creates a seamless pathway from the CTC’s to Kutztown University, are the students who graduate from RACC’s AAS Early Childhood Teaching program and need an accessible and affordable pathway to better employment opportunities through earning a Bachelor of Science in Education in the community where they live, work and raise their families.

For more information about KU – BSED Cohort starting fall 2020 at RACC’s campus, please contact Jim Garraway, KU’s assistant director of Transfer Admissions, 610.683.4787.

For more information about the Teacher Academy contact Jodi Corbett, director of RACC academic partnerships/special assistant to the president, 610.607.6219.