JoCo TEACH (Teaching Educators and Coming Home)
The JoCo TEACH Academy located at Smithfield-Selma High School is a 4-year opportunity that identifies incoming freshman that are interested in becoming future teachers. The Academy is a collaboration between Johnston County Public Schools, Johnston Community College, and N.C. State University. The students will begin a dual enrollment program that leads to an Associate Degree in Teaching. Students will then continue through N.C. State College of Education’s teacher preparation program.
Some of the teacher licensure degrees that will be offered by NC State are: Elementary Education, Math Education, Technology Education, English Education, Science Education, Middle Grades Language Arts & Social Studies and Agriculture Education. NC State also offers an ESL Add-On Licensure.
The ultimate goal of the JoCo Teach Academy is to identify promising students, prepare them for the teaching profession, and have them return to Johnston County to teach in Johnston County Public Schools.