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Teacher funding available

Teacher funding available

Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 10:49 am

The Messenger 01.26.10
The University of Tennessee at Martin has received a $500,000 Transition to Teaching award from the Tennessee Department of Education to attract college graduates into the teaching profession with an accelerated path to licensure.
Applicants are currently being sought for the summer program from designated districts statewide.
The program recruits participants who already have a bachelor’s degree in a field outside of education, but who seek a teaching license in mathematics, science, special education, foreign language or English language learners (ELL). It provides 15 hours of instruction in an online format.
Once accepted into the program, participants serve as teacher of record in a participating school and receive full salary. Because participants are hired on a transitional license to work in an identified high-needs public school, they are assigned a mentor to work with, and they also receive additional professional development. Participants receive $5,000 in tuition to apply towards the cost of five graduate courses.
The program requires that participants teach in an identified high-needs Tennessee public school for three years, maintain a 3.0 minimum GPA, achieve a satisfactory score on the appropriate PRAXIS test, work with their assigned mentor and complete professional development on effective classroom management. Participants who do not complete their commitments are obligated to repay the tuition.
The project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Education. For more information, contact Hollianne Carver, program coordinator, at (731) 881-7686 or or visit the Web site

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