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"Destination: Teaching" Grant to Increase Number and Quality
of Teachers in Coastal Georgia


Savannah, GA– In an effort to boost the number of high quality teachers in Coastal Georgia, the University System of Georgia has awarded a "Destination: Teaching" grant to Armstrong Atlantic State University. The grant will provide scholarships for candidates enrolling in post baccalaureate teaching programs at the institution this summer.

In continuing collaboration with the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, this project will provide at least fifty teaching scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each for teacher candidates. Candidates who complete the program will be guaranteed employment in the district’s schools. Certain scholarships will also be available for post baccalaureate teacher candidates from across the region.

Paul Beare, dean of the College of Education at Armstrong Atlantic, says that the university will "continue its close collaboration with the school district in the identification and recruitment of outstanding post baccalaureate candidates for Chatham County."

The grant initially will focus on five populations as potential candidates for the teacher preparation programs: recent college graduates; mid career professionals; retired military personnel; and pre-kindergarten and paraprofessionals already teaching in the classroom.

Armstrong Atlantic offers a variety of programs leading to licensure, including Troops to Teachers, the renowned Pathways to Teaching, as well as traditional undergraduate degrees. These programs are also offered through its collaboration with Coastal Georgia Community College through the Brunswick Center consortium. AASU (in collaboration with the school systems in Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Charlton, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, and Wayne counties) offers certification and coursework through the Georgia Teacher Alternative Preparation Program (GTAPP).

"This particular certification track is for individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree," said Beare. "Through the program, a person with virtually any major can begin teaching, work on meeting certification requirements, and eventually earn a master’s degree in education. This is only one of several paths to classroom teaching through AASU, which is a leader in innovative preparation programs."

The University System of Georgia in partnership with Valdosta State University received two grants totaling $4.4 million from the U.S. Department of Education to launch a new initiative – "Destination: Teaching--Customized Pathways to Get You There." The University System is using the funds to pilot the initiative in six regions of the state.

"’Destination: Teaching’ will offer a broader group of students increased access to the University System’s teacher-preparation programs," said University System of Georgia Chancellor Thomas C. Meredith. "As we reach out in new ways to more diverse groups of potential teachers, we continue to stand behind the quality of any teacher we prepare."

Prospective candidates can get more details by contacting Pat Brignati at 912.921.2138 or brignapa@mail.armstrong.edu

 

 

November 21, 2002