The United States Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) has awarded a $3.6 million grant to the College of Education (CEd) at North Carolina A&T State University to increase the number of highly qualified teachers produced for high-need K-12 public schools in rural communities.

“This award will provide scholarship funds to highly-qualified graduate candidates who pursue Master of Arts in Teaching degrees in high-need areas and who desire to positively impact student learning in our rural communities—areas of our state that are often under resourced,” said Dr. Anthony Graham, dean of the College of Education. “Our engagement with our rural school districts demonstrates the faculty’s commitment to equity, access, and advocacy as we strive to prepare teacher leaders for the entire state of North Carolina.”

The goal of the “North Carolina A&T Rural Teacher Residency Program” is to increase the number of fully credentialed teachers who effectively address the needs of children in high-need rural public school districts in North Carolina.

Focusing on the teacher shortages in North Carolina, the project strengthens CEd’s Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education, Elementary Education, Biology Education, Chemistry Education, and Mathematics Education degree programs by establishing a teacher residency model. This approach uses an elongated classroom-based authentic immersion experience that emphasizes research-verified pedagogical strategies that will improve learning outcomes for students in rural communities.

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