If you are a highly qualified mid-career professional or a recent graduate from an institution of higher education and want to become a licensed teacher in our partnership school districts, funds up to $5000.00 are available for you to complete the Master of Arts in Teaching Program in the College of Education at the University of Central Arkansas. This funding opportunity is made possible through a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
NEW CRITICAL TEACHER SHORTAGE AREAS 2016-17
Family & Consumer Sciences
Agriculture Science & Technology
Physical Science (Chemistry, Physics)
Teachers who choose to teach in these critical shortage areas, as well as in English/Language Arts, may qualify for grants or student loan forgiveness programs administered by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, which the U.S. Department of Education has approved.
The complete Bureau of Legislative Research Report, dated April 12, 2016 is available here.
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is a 36-hour graduate degree program in the College of Education and is tailored to accommodate most working students’ schedules and can be completed in five semesters, including fall, spring, and summer sessions.
Designed for individuals without teaching credentials but who have successfully completed a baccalaureate degree and wish to become a teacher in an expeditious fashion.
Intended to assist potential teachers, those having a baccalaureate degree in a content area, to become practicing educators.
A 36-hour graduate degree program with two tracks: 4-8 Middle Level and Secondary/P–8 & 7–12.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
The Partnership for Transition to Teaching grant provides tuition for candidates who are enrolled in required MAT courses for up to $5000.00 to cover actual costs of the total program. Recent college or university graduates, career changers, and paraprofessionals are specifically targeted to become teachers in critical shortage subject areas, as designated by the Arkansas Department of Education, through this funding opportunity. Candidates and graduates who successfully complete the MAT program with the Partnership for Transition to Teaching grant funds (and are eligible, apply and offered a teaching position) are required to teach for three years in a partnership school district or refund the paid tuition and fees to the grant.
Individual programs may have additional exit requirements. Individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM, including minorities, individuals with disabilities, women, and veterans are highly encouraged to apply.