Bluffton introduces ‘3+1 Educator Preparation’

BLUFFTON — Students interested in pursuing a career in education can earn their bachelor’s and master’s degree within four years through new program at Bluffton University.

Childhood education majors and intervention specialists majors can enroll in the The 3+1 Educator Preparation program. Within three years of the program students can earn their teaching licensure and bachelor’s degree. In the fourth year students earn their master’s degree through Bluffton’s Master of Arts in Education program.

“This is an opportunity for students to become qualified teachers in three years and teachers with additional credentials who are highly valued in a school system in four years, said education department chair, Dr. Gayle Trollinger in a news release.

Students who are interested in enrolling in the program must have a high grade point average of 3.4 and an ACT composite of 24 or SAT of 1110. Once accepted into the program students will need to take 18 credit hours most spring and fall semesters and take classes in the summer. Ohio’s College Credit Plug program students will be able to transfer credits.

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