Marietta College awarded $425,000 grant from Ohio Dept. of Education

The Ohio Department of Education has awarded Marietta College a $425,000 grant to develop a program that will help build teacher capacity in high school mathematics and the sciences.

Through the program - Developing Core Teachers In Ohio's Appalachian Region - the College is able to offer prospective students free tuition and a flexible schedule that will enable them to complete 24 undergraduate credit hours in one year.

"This is a very exciting opportunity for current teachers who want to increase their licensure to include high school mathematics or science, and for mid-career professionals who have degrees in these fields but lack a teaching license," said Elaine O'Rourke, program coordinator. "The Core Support program will engage current math and science teachers as mentors, who will attend some training and agree to mentor a teacher candidate during the entire program (Oct. 1, 2007, to Aug. 1, 2008). Mentors will be paid a stipend for each program candidate they are assigned."

Informational meetings are scheduled for 10 a.m. (prospective students) and 11 a.m. (prospective mentors) on Sept. 8 at Marietta College, in Erwin Hall 102. Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. Sept. 14.

"This program allows teachers and mid-career professionals to complete the program in 12 months while they continue working in their current jobs. All classes and field-based practicum will be designed to respect working individuals," O'Rourke said. "There will be some on-campus, classroom work, but the majority of the courses will be completed online and off campus."

The funding, which comes from Ohio H.B. 119, will support the program for two years. Tuition for participants in this program will be paid by the grant. If candidates want to upgrade their courses to the graduate level, this can be arranged, with the tuition difference paid by the participant. For more information about the program or to request an application, call (740) 376-4663 or by email at elaine.orourke@marietta.edu. Teachers interested in serving as mentors are also encouraged to call or email.