Connections with higher education
Recruiting Washington Teachers and related teacher academy programs partner with institutions of higher education to articulate the course for college credit. Currently, a statewide college articulation agreement does not exist. Connections with higher education are important because, in order to grow a diverse teacher workforce, high school students must have the opportunity to:
- explore careers in education;
- access student support resources;
- and earn college credit while completing high school requirements.
There are different routes for possible articulation of high school to college coursework. Each has its benefits and challenges. Two of the most common means for articulating high school coursework:
- CTE Dual Credit (formerly known as Tech Prep): This process requires that the RWT course be taught by a CTE-certified instructor. Course competencies must meet college standards and students are charged a nominal fee for transcription. Contact your local CTE Dual Credit consortium leader for more information.
- College in the High School: The RWT course instructor must meet the partner institutions’ standards but does not need to be CTE-certified. The partner college assigns a mentor to work with the high school instructor to ensure student outcomes are met. Colleges may charge students a fee.
Community Colleges are the source of the majority of future teachers in Washington State, meaning that most graduates from colleges of education come through Washington’s Community and Technical College (CTC) system. Support from CTCs is instrumental in developing students’ college success skills and creating a supported pathway to careers in education.
Individuals pursuing their dreams of becoming a teacher should not take two years of General Education requirements at the community college level before taking any relevant and meaningful education courses. Future teachers need hands-on experience in the field as they build their credentials. This is most effective when it also counts for credit towards a direct college transfer degree. Coming into community college with college credit reduces students’ time to degree and builds a bridge in the important transition from high school to college. Appropriate advising at both the high school and community college level is crucial to navigating the post-high school career transition.