To help fill the growing shortage of substitute teachers, Broward College is hosting a Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) substitute orientation on November 30 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The one-day event allows Broward College students who have completed 60 credit hours to become a fully certified BCPS substitute teacher.
According to BCPS, 18 percent of classrooms that need substitutes don’t have them. This is up significantly from three years ago when that number was 7.5 percent. The result is that many schools have to combine classes, increasing the student to teacher ratio. In some instances, specialty teachers and administrators are asked to cover these classes, which takes away valuable time from their core responsibilities. This is especially true in high need schools, which are difficult in securing substitute teachers.
The orientation will prepare Broward College students to meet the day-to-day challenges of substitute teaching. Attendance at a substitute-training course such as this is required to be certified as a BCPS substitute teacher. Currently, BCPS only partners with the Broward College Education Pathway to offer this exclusive training. In Fall 2017, this training was offered for the first time at Broward College and 38 pre-service teachers were trained to become certified substitute teachers. Registration for the November 30th event is open until the day of the event.
“While we are contributing to filling substitute teacher vacancies in the local school district, this is also a great opportunity for our pre-service teachers to gain proficiency by engaging in P-12 teaching and learning experiences, impact student learning and gain employment after completing an Associate of Arts degree,” said Dr. Elizabeth Molina, Dean, Education Pathway at Broward College.
The orientation will be held at the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus located at 3501 SW Davie Road, Davie, building 1008 room 105. The event is open to the media and interview opportunities are available with the representative from BCPS, Broward College faculty and students.