UNCP, RichmondCC Create Unique Pathway to Teaching Degree
Richmond Community College is offering a new program this fall that will culminate in a K-6 teaching degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Richmond CC and UNCP are rolling out this new teacher education program for a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, making it easier for Richmond and Scotland County residents to earn their teaching degree leading to teacher licensure.
“This is an affordable and accessible way for the many people who would like to become a teacher to earn their bachelor’s degree in education,” Dr. Dale McInnis, president of RichmondCC, said. “One of the biggest challenges our students face is transportation, so this collaborative effort with UNCP opens more doors for more people to pursue the careers they want.”
RichmondCC students will be able to enroll in the UNCP-Elementary Education transfer program beginning this fall. Students who successfully complete this associate degree will then have the opportunity to become a UNCP transfer student at RichmondCC and then finish the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Students will take UNCP classes online and through distance education learning options on RichmondCC’s main campus.
“UNC Pembroke is focused on creating new ‘Pathways to Success’ for students in southeastern North Carolina, and there is no career pathway more important than for our teachers,” said UNCP Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings. “This exciting partnership builds on our strong relationship with Richmond Community College and UNCP’s nearly 130-year history of preparing educators to serve our region.”
More details about this unique and unprecedented transfer program will be provided during a “Growing Our Own!” Teacher Education Program on Monday, Feb. 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cole Auditorium on RichmondCC’s main campus in Hamlet.
“This K-6 teaching degree program provides quality, convenience and value, and we are excited to be working with UNCP to make this career path possible and help put more teachers in the classrooms of North Carolina,” McInnis said. For more information about the “Growing Our Own!” Teacher Education Program, call (910) 410-1700.