ESCANABA, Mich. — Lake Superior State University (LSSU) announced, in partnership with Bay College, its baccalaureate programs in elementary education and secondary education will be available entirely in Escanaba starting the fall 2020 semester.

Individuals interested in pursuing an elementary education teaching degree can concentrate their degree in areas of early childhood, learning disabilities, language arts, mathematics or language arts and mathematics. Secondary education majors are offered concentrations in English language and literature, mathematics, integrated science or social science.

Barb Light, LSSU’s dean of the college of education and liberal arts, said, “We are very excited to expand our partnership with Bay College and prepare teachers. School superintendents and principals often talk about the advantages of home growing our own teachers in the U.P. because someone raised in the U.P. will be more likely to want to stay long term in the U.P. and our PK-12 students deserve teachers who are fully invested in our schools and communities.”

LSSU has operated a regional center on Bay College’s campus since 1989, offering 4-year degrees in accounting, business administration, criminal justice, early childhood education and general studies, in addition to the newly added elementary and secondary education majors. Students also have the option to transfer to LSSU’s main campus in Sault Ste. Marie for these degrees, among others.

For more information, or to be considered as a fieldwork location, people may visit www.lssu.edu/regional-center/Escanaba or contact Heidi Rife, 906-217.4123 or hberg@lssu.edu.