"It's often difficult for students to think of themselves as future teachers when they have to spend two years in another college before applying for our program," said Michelle Prytula, dean of the College of Education. "By admitting them early and saying, 'you will be a teacher,' students can approach their early studies with confidence, and can make class choices that will immerse them in their area of specialization, like math or the sciences."
The direct admission option will be offered starting in the fall of 2016. Prytula said the college's two other admission options — the current two-year sequential program and the post-degree program — will continue to be available to students.
Prytula confirmed the quota for the U of S education program would remain unchanged at 300 students, even when the new admission option is available. She said the provincial Ministry of Education has indicated that the education programs at Saskatchewan's two universities are in line with the current demand for teachers in the province.
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