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“Why the Community-Based BEd program works for me”

October 05,2015

Quick Chat: Single mother Marsha Larson talks about why the new BEd program works for her

In this Quick Chat, Marsha Larson talks about Werklund’s Community-based Bachelor of Education Program, and why it works for her. - Photos courtesy of Adrian Shellard

October 5, 2015 - Marsha Larson is a single mother of six who lives in Barnwell, a town on the Crowsnest Highway between Lethbridge and Medicine Hat in southeastern Alberta. She’s a teacher’s aide at the community school, and while she enjoys it, she longs to lead the class.

Marsha Larson says her kids (pictured with her) are the main reason she is pursuing the Community Based BEd - Photos courtesy of Marsha Larson

But for Larson, taking part in a full-time education program is out of the question — it simply doesn’t fit into her life.

In the past, because of geographic, financial, or personal constraints, people like Larson didn’t have the option of earning a teaching degree while remaining in their own communities, as nothing existed that allowed them to do so.

Today, because of an innovative program launched at the University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education, Larson — along with 19 others — is a new student taking the first step to becoming a teacher.

Larson stopped by to chat about Werklund’s Community-Based Bachelor of Education program, and why it works for her.