Challenges and Innovations in Higher Education (June 13, 2019)
Thirty years of experience has provided licensed T.E.A.C.H. states and the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center (National Center) with firsthand knowledge of the kinds of barriers that create college completion obstacles for the early childhood workforce. A recent study conducted by the National Center gave recipients, counselors, and higher education faculty the opportunity to further identify and weight barriers from their various perspective. Consistently issues of juggling work and family life with student roles, access to courses at workable times, access to supports for developmental work (particularly math) and PRAXIS exams, and student teaching restrictions surfaced. Adult students with language barriers faced these problems and many more. To achieve our vision that “… Every early childhood teacher has access to an affordable college education…”, the National Center will be posting various reports and factsheets from the study as well as Issue Briefs and Resource lists on those barriers that were seen as really difficult and promising strategies that are being used around the country to try to address these.
The National Center is working with a few states to convene diverse and robust teams of higher education faculty, advocates, early childhood educators and others to identify strategies to leverage their T.E.A.C.H. dollars to address some of the identified barriers in their states. “The goals of the (HEB) Project are to identify barriers to higher education access and degree completion in each state’s system and develop and implement strategies that leverage the investments of T.E.A.C.H. scholarships to facilitate solutions to the identified barriers.” The completed work from these states, both their successes and their challenges, will be shared with other T.E.A.C.H. states to support our collective effort to reduce, and eventually eliminate barriers to college completion for our workforce as well as appear on this site. We hope to be adding materials to this site throughout 2020.