Today is the last day to apply for an intensive training program for potential emergency certified teachers for Tulsa Public Schools.
This program is a response to the ongoing state teacher shortage and with so many people applying, TPS extended its deadline to May 14th.
TODAY is the deadline to apply for @TulsaSchools teacher corps, which is designed to train potential new educators and help them get certified. It’s in response to the ongoing state teacher shortage. @NewsOn6 #oklaed pic.twitter.com/5E2pk2mhWS— Joseph Holloway (@a_cupof_JOE) May 14, 2018
District leaders say they're using this five week program to train applicants who are working toward getting their certification in elementary education.
Applicants will work with students taking summer school classes and they will get feedback from teachers already in the district.
State education leaders say there was a record number of emergency certified teachers this school year and it does not appear that next year will be any different.
Training Director Quentin Liggins said they saw a surge of applicants after the walkout.
"I've had folks, as I said, called me on their lunch breaks at their current jobs and said, 'I saw what's happening in the news. I've been thinking about being in education. This seems like a great time to join Tulsa Public Schools,'" Liggins said.
Tulsa Public Schools says anyone going through the program should already have their bachelors degree, a 2.5 GPA and you'll need to pass a background check.
As of 3:30 p.m., TPS had a total number of 236 applicants, according to district spokesperson Emma Garrett-Nelson.
You can apply online.
Tulsa Teacher Corps program begins June 18th.