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Teacher Externship Opportunities:

Teacher at Work:
Teachers spend a summer "on the job" in an area business that relates to their subject area. Grant Wood AEA and the Workplace Learning Connection work together to provide teachers with real-world practices to take into their classrooms.

Participants are required to attend a two-hour orientation sessions and a three-hour debriefing session. Internship length is 40 hours and participants earn three hours or re-certification credit. 

The insights teachers gain from their experiences allow them to:

  • Facilitate the use of real-world examples as more teachers are utilizing contextual learning.
  • Encourage communication between education and the workplace.
  • Enhance a teacher's understanding of all aspects of an industry.

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Iowa Teacher STEM Externships:
How many times have you heard a student ask, "When will I ever use this?"

The Iowa STEM Teacher Externships Program aim to help teachers answer that age-old question.

During the summer, educators work side-by-side with knowledgeable and skilled industry employees who help bring the classroom curriculum to life. Teacher Externships provide educators with the exposure to answer questions about real-world application, prepare students for careers they may have in the future, and improve educational experiences.

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Earn a Multi-Occupational (MOC) Endorsement:
The multioccupations endorsement authorizes the holder to supervise students in cooperative programs, school to work programs, and similar programs in which the student is placed in school sponsored, on the job situations. The endorsement requires the completion of any 5-12 endorsement, and in addition thereto, coursework in foundations of vocational and career education, coordination of cooperative programs and competency based curriculum development. Four thousand hours of occupational experience in two or more occupations. 

Marion Economic Development Corporation will provide a $50 stipend for teachers pursuing a MOC Endorsement. CLICK HERE to contact MEDCO.

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