MANHATTAN - An AccessUs 2+2 agreement has been developed between Seward County Community College, Dodge City Community College, Garden City Community College and Kansas State University. The agreement was signed June 12, 2006 at Anthony Middle School in Manhattan.

Through online and onsite learning this distance program allows students to earn an Associate of Arts Degree in Education at Dodge City, Garden City, or Seward County community colleges and then transfer the credits to K-State towards the completion of a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Concentration in English as a Second Language.

The Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education is designed to provide understanding of content, teaching methods, and student learning appropriate for teaching grades K-6. The ESL curriculum is designed to prepare future teachers to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students.

K-State Elementary Education graduates who are licensed in ESL are qualified to teach in any classroom from kindergarten through sixth grades. They may become regular classroom teachers or may be ESL specialists within an elementary school building.

"Individuals with the educational background have the potential to serve as advocates for students and families who come from diverse backgrounds and are typically sought out as resources for the schools and the districts in which they work," said Gail Shroyer, professor of elementary education.

Representatives on hand for the signing included: Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction of Seward County Community College; Michael Ahern, dean of instruction of Dodge City Community College; Judy Whitehill, director of the social science division at Garden City Community College; Beth Unger, vice provost and dean for the Division of Continuing Education, Betty Stevens, Betty Stevens, associate vice provost for information technology partnerships and associate dean for the Division of Continuing Education, and Michael Holen, dean of the College of Education at K-State.

For more information about this Bachelor's Degree Completion Program through the Equity and Access Project, call 785-532-5797 or visit www.coe.ksu.edu/tqe.