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AASU to Hold Information Sessions on New Teacher Training Program

SAVANNAH, GA––Armstrong Atlantic State University's College of Education will hold four information sessions on its Georgia Teacher Alternative Preparation Program (GTAPP), the new statewide quick-start teacher training program. GTAPP was established to help schools meet critical staffing needs resulting from a significant shortage of qualified teachers in the state.

GTAPP information sessions are being held for residents in Armstrong Atlantic's eleven-county service region that includes Effingham, Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, and Wayne counties.

GTAPP sessions will be held on the following dates:

January 24 at 6:00 P.M. in AASU's Fine Arts Auditorium
January 26 at 10:00 A.M. in AASU's Fine Arts Auditorium
January 28 at 6:00 P.M. at Lewis Frazier Middle School in Hinesville
January 29 at 6:30 P.M. at Glynn Academy in Brunswick

GTAPP is intended for those with significant working experience and a baccalaureate or higher degree who wish to teach as a second career. It is also for individuals with lapsed or expired teaching certificates that want to re-enter the teaching profession.

The program offers a fast and flexible format for the course work and intensive supervised classroom practice necessary for certification. Participants will be eligible for full employment under an intern certificate in August 2002. Those who complete the program can obtain a renewable teaching certificate from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Armstrong Atlantic offers GTAPP certification programs through its special education, secondary, middle grades, early childhood, and health and physical education departments. Certification is also offered in English, history, mathematics, social science, Spanish, biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics.

For more details about GTAPP or other programs offered by AASU's College of Education, call 912.961.3179 or visit online at www.education.armstrong.edu/gtapp.



January 7, 2002

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