In Partnership with Creighton University, Educare, Metropolitan Community College and Learning Community School Districts

READY TO TEACH

Clinical Training for Classroom Success

The goal of the Future Teacher program is more early childhood teachers with the training and skills to succeed in high poverty schools. That’s where they’re needed the most.

Prepared for Urban Classrooms

Our community center provides an innovative student environment that makes textbook theory come alive. Robotic cameras connect college classes within the center to Educare Omaha. With easy access to real world best practices, students gain a much better understanding of what quality early childhood education really means.

As students transition into teaching, their preparation for multi-cultural classrooms is invaluable. How does it work out in the classroom? Graduate surveys show first-time teachers step into the classroom confident that they can work effectively with young children.

High-Tech Connect

  • Technology links college classrooms to early childhood settings
  • Robotic cameras allow teachers to coach students in real-time
  • Onsite faculty guide students classroom experiences

A to B – Pathway to the Classroom

The “A to B” degree program gives MCC graduates an affordable pathway to a teaching degree in elementary education. After completing two years in early childhood education, they can continue their studies seamlessly.

Through an MCC-Creighton University partnership, qualifying students enter Creighton as full-fledged juniors. It’s a great option for students — ready for their own classrooms in just over two years!

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Katie Norris with her Creighton University advisor, Laurie Galeski. Katie is the first MCC graduate to complete the A to B partnership program.

Future Teacher Pipeline
81 Students
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Source: 2017-2018 Annual Report

BUILDING THE URBAN TEACHER PIPELINE

A Pathway to Teaching

It seemed too good to be true. As Katie Norris approached her MCC graduation, she wasn’t thinking beyond an associates degree in early childhood education. But then she heard about the A to B bachelors degree, a partnership between Metropolitan Community College and Creighton University. She could be in her own classroom in just two more years.But would she really have enough support to afford Crieghton? The answer was yes.

Jean Hearn, a Creighton University assistant professor in early childhood education, sees a valuable opportunity for many students like Katie. “This helps prepare future teachers and leaders who are committed to giving children the best start possible.”

Katie learned from the best about what it takes to be a great teacher. Her student teaching experience took her to Millard Public Schools. Katie is now a second-year early childhood preschool teacher at Kellom Elementary in the Omaha Public Schools. It all started on a pathway from A to B.

“I wanted to teach where I could make the biggest difference.”

Katie Norris, program graduate
Early Childhood Teacher, OPS Kellom Elementary