Minot State launches Aspire program for future educators

MINOT, N.D. – Minot State University has launched an exciting opportunity for high school juniors and seniors exploring a career in education through the Aspire program.

The program is possible through Minot State’s partnership with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and the Bush PIPELINE (Planning Initiative to Prepare Educators for Licensure in ND {Special} Education) grant.

“The Aspire program is an excellent opportunity for high school students to get a jump start on a career in the much-needed education field,” said Kevin Harmon, Minot State vice president for student affairs. “We are pleased to be working with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and the Bush PIPELINE to help offset teacher shortages in North Dakota and the region.”

MSU is recruiting Aspire Explorers for the Spring 2023 semester. Students must be nominated by a school administrator or counselor. The program components include:

  • Dual credit SPED 110 Introduction to Exceptional Children: Delivered online with tuition and materials paid! This class is required for all education and communication sciences and disorders majors at MSU
  • Peer mentors
  • One day immersive experience on campus
  • Development of an individualized pathway to a career in education

There is a critical shortage of teachers in North Dakota and throughout the country and the Aspire program will help students earn a head start on their career by taking a college course in education.

Deadline for nomination is Oct. 15 and school administrators and counselors can access the online form HERE. For more information, contact Harmon by EMAIL, Lisa Borden-King, associate professor of education, by EMAIL, or Holly Pedersen, chair, special education, by EMAIL.

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Published: 09/27/22   

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