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Summer session provides learning
options for teachers
By Katherine Hedland '88
The Coats performed during on of
last summers Fruit Festivals. More campus events and academic
programs are being planned this year by the Summer Sessions
Teachers and other professionals
who want to work their way into the classroom can do some intensive
studying at PLU during the summer months. The Summer Sessions
Office coordinates several master’s in education pro-grams, in
addition to its other special programs.
“We have lots of opportunities for
professional educators,” said Lynn Beck, dean of the School of
Education. “Summer is the time for them to take classes.”
Many of the academic programs that
start in the summer are aimed at teachers, who have time during
the summer to continue their education. There are workshops for
advanced placement teachers and programs that endorse teachers
in four areas in which there are now shortages: special education,
reading, English as a second language and media services.
Also offered is an innovative master’s
program run in conjunction with the Tacoma School District to
train teachers to deal with “urban learners,” focusing on issues
such as poverty and language.
“It’s a very powerful program that
we are excited about,” Beck said.
It is known as a cohort program—all
students move at the same pace through a 14-month curriculum that
begins in the summer, then continues on nights and Saturdays.
During the school year, classes meet in downtown Tacoma.
PLU also offers a master’s in literacy
educa-tion, a master’s in education administration, and a teacher
certification program for professionals who have degrees in other
areas, but want to teach. PLU graduates get a discount on tuition.
The Summer Sessions Office also offers
Middle College, which helps students make the adjustment from
high school to college; Summer Scholars, a three-week residential
program for gifted fourth- through 11th-graders; music and sports
camps and programs for the community, such as “Jazz Under the
Stars” and the summer fruit festivals. The title of this summer’s
programs is Odyssey 2001, and courses will follow the theme of
“journeys.” In addition, about 220 graduate and undergraduate
courses are offered this summer.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PLU SUMMER SESSION,
GO TO www.plu.edu/encore.
|SUMMER SCHOLARS, A PROGRAM OF
EXPLORATION AND DISCOVERY FOR GIFTED YOUTH, RUNS FROM JULY
22 TO AUG. 11. THE PROGRAM ENCOMPASSES ACADEMICS, RECRE-ATION
AND SOCIALIZATION FOR FOURTH- THROUGH 11TH-GRADERS. TUITION
IS $2,200. AN OPEN HOUSE FOR INTERESTED STUDENTS AND PARENTS
WILL BE HELD FROM 9 A.M. TO NOON SATURDAY, MAY 12, ON CAMPUS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR APPLICATIONS, CALL 253-535-8648.