Partnership for Transition to Teaching (P3T)

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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 mathematics, science or English/Language Arts 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.

Our Partnership School Districts Include:

Little Rock School District           North Little Rock School District

Carlisle School District               Clarksville School District

Dollarway School District           El Dorado Public Schools  

Harrison School District             Jasper School District

Pine Bluff School District            Watson Chapel School District    

West Memphis School District    White Hall School District

Arkansas School for the Deaf



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 three tracks: P–4 Early Childhood, 4-8 Middle Level, and Secondary/P–8 & 7–12.


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, paraprofessionals, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors are specifically targeted to become mathematics and science teachers 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 the 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.   Qualified veterans who are registered with the are also highly encouraged to apply.


To apply, see our Application Process page



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