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Muskingum College to award 35 full-tuition graduate scholarships to train teachers
in hard-to-staff subjects

A $350,000 grant to Muskingum College will help to quickly prepare teachers for high-need subjects.

The Ohio Core Support Initiative is funded by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Board of Regents, and provides 24 semester hours of graduate work leading to adolescent/young adult licensure (grades 7-12) in math, laboratory-based science or multi-age licensure (grades K-12) in French or Spanish.

These are the subjects in which Ohio has the greatest teacher shortage, according to Dr. Ruthann Fagan, dean of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Muskingum.

"This program at Muskingum offers a great opportunity to mid-life professionals as well as current educators to enter the profession in high-demand and high-need subjects,” said Dr. Fagan.

The program will be free for up to 35 participants who will take part in a nine-month program beginning this fall. The course of study will lead to licensure upon completion. Courses will meet on Friday evenings and on Saturdays. Certain courses will include the convenience of an online component. Additional non-credit workshops will be held to prepare students for the required Praxis II tests. Participants will be professionally mentored through the clinical experience which can be arranged to accommodate work schedules.

Interested applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree. They should also possess a strong background in the licensure content area in which they are interested – math, science, French or Spanish.

To learn more about the program and how to apply, contact Muskingum College at 740-826-8038, email CORE@muskingum.edu or look for CORE on the college’s website at www.muskingum.edu. The application deadline is at noon on September 17, 2007.