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Our Mission

The Future Teacher Academy (FTA) is an endeavor designed to increase the number of students, particularly African American males, other students of color, older non-traditional students, students from low-income backgrounds, students with disabilities, first generation students and other underserved populations, who complete state approved and nationally accredited programs in teacher preparation. FTA offers the following to assist Norfolk State University education majors:

  •  A two-week summer bridge program, which includes Fall semester educational textbooks and supplies for academic success.
  • Saturday workshops during the academic year.
  • Co-curricular activities throughout the academic year.
  • PRAXIS and VCLA examination vouchers.
  • Tutorial assistance.
  • Educational conference and symposium attendance.
  • Preferential access to the PRAXIS Lab.

Our Goals

  • By 2020, the number of students passing state license examinations will increase by 15% from a baseline of 25 students annually.
  • Students shall demonstrate a 20% performance score increase on Praxis Core.
  • Increase the number of students participating in reading, writing, mathematics and critical thinking workshops.
  • 85% of the students in each cohort will participate in 3 of the 4 co-curricular experiences related to the teaching profession.
  • Provide 85% of students with volunteer and mentoring opportunities in a school setting.
  • Provide 100% of the FTA participants with regular exposure to classroom educators in local school districts.

Why Become a Teacher?

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (2012), less than 20 percent of teachers in U.S public schools were persons of color. Additionally, African American males comprise less than 2 percent of the entire teaching force in the United States.

The year 2014 marked the first year that the majority of the students entering the nation’s public schools were children of color. While half of the school-aged children in the United States represent persons of color, their educational standing before these diverse student populations do not reflect the same level of diversity.

A few reasons for the lack of teacher diversity...

  • Increasing number of career and employment options outside of the teaching profession.
  • Difficulty with passing teacher licensure examinations.
  • Teachers of color left the teaching profession at higher rates than whites.
  • Cultural disconnect between students and staff.
  • Discrimination.
  • Feeling that the teaching profession is undervalued.