MonroeOne of the hallmarks of proprietary schools’ is their ability to respond quickly to real-world needs and deliver quality curricula that correspond with the requirements of a fast-evolving job market.

Monroe College is one example of a college that is successfully providing quality degree programs in areas where there is a material job demand, and adequately preparing students to fill these roles. Its minor in cyber security, for example, was developed in recognition of the burgeoning threat that online attacks pose to businesses, and compelling statistics that indicate astronomical growth in this field.

Another example is Monroe’s School of Education, which announced this week that it is expanding enrollment for its Early Childhood Education program to meet the growing demand for preschool teachers in New York City generated by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recently announced universal pre-kindergarten initiative. As a result of this program, more than 73,000 children in New York City are expected to have access to free, high-quality, full-day pre-K by January 2016. This ambitious proposal will necessitate the recruitment of 1,000 new teachers for this fall, and up to 1,000 more for the subsequent school year.

Students enrolled in Monroe’s School of Education who are aspiring to be pre-kindergarten teachers not only receive the required bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and necessary preparation for the state’s new Teacher Certification Exams, but also gain double the amount of student teaching experience required by New York State. They complete more than 500 hours of real-world instruction by working with children at local nursery schools, daycare facilities, and primary schools throughout the course of their studies.

Through Monroe’s partnership with the AmeriCorps Jumpstart Program, an early childhood education organization that trains college students to serve preschool children in low-income neighborhoods, students also have the opportunity to complete over 300 hours of teaching experience in pre-kindergarten classes, in exchange for tuition support or a direct salary.

The extensive amount of hands-on teaching experience Monroe’s students gain plays a significant role in positioning them for career success upon graduation, particularly in a field that is rapidly expanding.

To learn more about enrolling in Monroe’s School of Education, please see here.