This fall, the University of Pikeville is opening a new college for teachers. The Patton College of Education is named after former governor and current UPIKE chancellor, Paul Patton, who is from Appalachia.
Dean David Barnett says, upon graduation, many education students are opting to stay in the region to teach. "The desire to want to return home is already there and so we want to make sure that those people, aspiring educators, have the skills needed to meet those unique needs," said Barnett.
Barnett says plans call for offering a news Master's program in teacher leadership. "We'll continue to have our undergraduate program training aspiring teachers, but we'll add a Master's program this fall and we hope to add another Master's program in the fall of 2016; a Masters in school administration," added Barnett.