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ECU Launches "TeachEast"

(Feb. 17, 1994)   —   East Carolina University is taking a new approach to developing good teachers for public education.
Dr. Charles R. Coble, dean of the ECU School of Education, said the school is starting a project called “TeachEast,” to help put more non-traditional students at the head of school classrooms.
Coble said program hopes to draw from early retiree’s from the business and military communities and those seeking career changes. He said the program will also recruit students who are undecided about or unhappy with their present concentrations as well as adults who have chosen other career paths but now feel a “call to teaching.”
These individuals, according to Coble, “bring unique contributions to the educational process.”
Dr. Vila Rosenfeld, director of TeachEast, said that while ECU has served non-traditional students for many years, “the TeachEast program will give the students additional help in making transitions to new careers.” She said the program will specifically address issues such as special scheduling, child care, aptitude testing, finances and general counseling.
She noted that the future of the teaching profession has improved in recent years which should make teaching careers more attractive. This is caused, in part, by an anticipated shortage of teachers by the end of the decade and by a growing national focus on improving education.
“The TeachEast program will encourage and support those who qualify and who want to teach,” Rosenfeld said.