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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 four-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.


Keep up with current, past, and future events

Future Teacher Academy Summer 2018 Program

‚ÄčThe FTA will host their summer bridge program June 25th through July 24th. Incoming Freshmen, rising Sophomores and Transfer students are encouraged to enroll in this program to receive the guidance they will need to pass the initial teacher licensure examinations. Participants that complete the 4-week (16 days) program will receive Praxis Math and VCLA examination vouchers as well as academic supplies and educational textbooks for the Fall 2018 semester. 

Applications for the FTA Summer Program can be obtained in an electronic format located on the apply section of the FTA's Welcome page or by visiting the Praxis Lab in the Bozeman School of Education. Come by the Praxis Lab to turn in the applications or email it to either Ms. Sheila Walters, Ms. Alescia Dunbar or Dr. Denelle Wallace.

Future Teacher Academy Spring 2018 Conference

Prospective and current teachers were invited to the Future Teacher Academy’s Spring 2018 Conference, “Teacher Diversity And You: Meeting The Needs Of The Diverse Classroom.” The two-day conference was held on Friday, April 20, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 21, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Bozeman Education Building.

The goal of the Future Teacher Academy is to recruit, motivate and retain teachers of color. Setting up the conference allowed participants and influential speakers to discuss how teacher diversity has a major effect on learners. Speakers and workshops focused on the importance of teacher diversity and trends in education. Participants engaged in conversations topics such as urban school success, issues with trauma, the importance of the arts, culturally responsive teaching, influence and preparation for the education major and HBCUs role in diversifying the teacher profession. 

We would like to thank all participants, speakers, faculty and staff for taking the initiative and joining the discussions.

FTA Spring 2018 Saturday Workshops

The FTA has provided the first round of Saturday Workshops that began on January 27th through February 17th, during the Spring 2018 semester for current Freshmen, Sophomore and Transfer education majors. The FTA Saturday Workshops provided instructions, strategies, and tips related to the Praxis Core Math and VCLA (Reading/Writing) examinations.

We would like to thank those students and instructors who were able to join us on those four Saturdays. We can’t wait to see more participants for our next workshops and we hope to provide even more assistance soon once dates are confirm. Please check back at times for updates.

Applications for the FTA Saturday Workshops can be obtained in an electronic format located on the apply section of the FTA's Welcome page or by visiting the Praxis Lab in the Bozeman School of Education. 

Professional Development Opportunity for FTA Participants‚Äč

On February 17, 2018, education majors that have participated in Future Teacher Academy sponsored activities such as the FTA Summer Bridge and/or FTA Saturday Workshops were invited to attend the VEA Underrepresented Male Educators Symposium at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia. FTA assisted 10 individuals with registration, lodging, and a per diem for this year's conference, which provided workshops on career paths, academic support programs, mentoring and more. If interested please contact Dr. Denelle Wallace.