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May 16, 2014
By Rachel Sielaff, media relations assistant
Northwest Missouri State University’s Talent Development Center (TDC) recently gained a five-year recertification from the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) allowing it to certify its student tutors.
“The recertification adds legitimacy to our work,” said Kirk Skoglund, academic engagement coordinator at the TDC. “It shows that our students and staff members are highly trained in what they do and that they are competent in certain skills and abilities.”
CRLA certifies tutor training programs in postsecondary educational institutions. It authorizes each training program to certify that tutors have met approved tutor-training program requirements.
“Northwest students benefit because we have rigorous training and certification processes for our tutors,” Skoglund said. “Students gain from our tutors’ expertise and knowledge. It aids them in improving their class scores and grades and becoming more independent learners.”
CRLA certification consists of three levels. Tutors certified in the first level must complete 25 hours of evaluated and observed tutoring. They must also cover certain types of curriculum in their sessions. The second level consists of an additional 25 hours of tutoring as well as training in topics such as intercultural competence. Tutors who complete the second-level requirements become advanced tutors. To complete the third level, and become a master tutor, individuals must complete an additional 25 hours of tutoring and training in topics like group management.
The TDC was established in 1986 to help students navigate the rigors of college courses and includes a Supplemental Instruction program that offers extra help with peer tutoring groups for traditionally tough classes. The program impacts about 2,000 Northwest students per year.
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