PINE BELT, Miss. (AP) — A university in Mississippi is offering a new program to help people enter the teaching profession.
William Carey University offers the program called Mississippi Teacher Residency Program. It is full of support for getting aspiring teachers, those not in education, their masters in primary and special education.
Katie Tonore, chair of curriculum and teaching at William Carey University, explains who should apply, WDAM-TV reported.
“Anyone who has a degree, or had a vocation late in life, or wants to change professions,” Tonore said.
The Mississippi Department of Education awarded William Carey University a $1.9 million grant to recruit 10 applicants each year, for two years, with bachelor’s degrees and interested in teaching kindergarten through 6th grade. year.
“We are looking for anyone who wants to give back to their community in Covington County, Forrest County, Hattiesburg and the Greenville Public School District. You can move here, but you will have to do internships and clinical experiences at school,” Tonore said.
Tonore said this 33-hour Master of Education program will give applicants a K-6 license with special education endorsement, and the grant pays for everything.
“We pay for textbooks, test prep materials, test prep the actual cost of assessments,” Tonore said.
William Carey’s Dean of Education, Dr Teresa Poole, said the grant is a big step in training the teachers the community needs.
“It allows us to serve our community by placing candidates in our community, working with our mentors, working with superintendents. Not only are we recruiting, but we’re working on retaining teachers, and that’s going to make a big difference,” Poole said.
The deadline to apply is March 15. Applicants can go to the Mississippi Department of Education website, mdek12.org, type “Mississippi Teacher Residency” in the search bar. The first result will take you directly to the application.
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