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UMass Dartmouth Offers Educational Incentive for K-12 Educators

Scholarship responds to teachers who have been laid off during difficult economic times

Responding to local and regional budget cutbacks, UMass Dartmouth's Professional & Continuing Education has partnered with the university's School of Education, Public Policy and Civic Engagement in announcing a scholarship opportunity for recently laid off K-12 teachers. This scholarship will respond to the rising unemployment rate and layoffs in the K-12 teaching profession, providing laid off teachers with access to professional and educational opportunities during their transition.

"Our goal is to help educators who are facing the loss of their job continue their professional development,'' said Dr. Joy McGuirl-Hadley, who leads the university's professional and continuing education programs. "This initiative honors UMass Dartmouth's commitment to being world class and within reach for students at all stages of their careers."

Teachers who are obligated to take education courses for teacher licensure or recertification, enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching graduate degree program, or interested in exploring studies that will prepare them for a career in a new field, may be eligible for this scholarship. Commencing with the university's summer 2009 courses, the scholarship program will run through the end of the spring 2010 semester. Teachers are required to bring a copy of the letter notifying them of their change in teaching status at the time of registration.

The UMD Teacher Transition Scholarship can be applied to most PCE courses. For details regarding courses available and exclusions, visit the UMass Dartmouth Professional and continuing Eucation web site at Classroom, online and blended (combination of classroom and online) summer courses begin June 15 and July 6, and are available in Fall River, New Bedford, Dartmouth, and Cape Cod. Registration for summer classes, taught by UMass Dartmouth's world class faculty, is currently open.

Please contact us to determine your eligibility by calling 508.999.9202 or

Author:  "John Hoey"
Date:  04-Jun-2009
Department:   School of Education, Public Policy & Civic Engagement

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