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School of Education offers scholarships for teaching certificates

The UW Tacoma School of Education is offering scholarships and opportunities for the 2018-2019 school year, ranging from a few hundred dollars up to $8,000 in financial support. These scholarships cover a variety of certification programs in education.

One such scholarship offered is the Project TELL Professional Development Scholarship. This scholarship, which rewards up to $7,000 in financial support, is for those who are accepted into the Master of Education K-8 with English Language Learners teacher certification program. Project Director Dr. Belinda Louie explains more on what the scholarship provides.

“Project Teaching English Language Learners – Professional Development is a 5-year, $2.75 million federal grant awarded to me by the Department of Education,” said Louie.

The priority deadline for the Project TELL scholarship is Feb. 16. Those who are accepted for the scholarship will receive the aid in spring and summer quarters in 2019 after passing the Washington Educator Skills Test – English Language Learners, or WEST-E, exam. Students who pass the WEST-E exam are considered qualified and trained to teach English Language Learners.

There are also several fellowships offered, all of which have a deadline of June 1. The Patti Banks Endowed Fellowship is for graduate students who plan on obtaining a certificate for administration and program administration through the Educational Administration Program.

The Henry T. Schatz Math or Science Education Fellowship, which is open to students who are enrolled in or applying for the Secondary Math or Science Teacher Certification Program.

The Douglas and Belinda Louie Fellowship offers graduate students who have enrolled or are planning to apply for the Teacher Certificate Program. Dr. Louie elaborates on the goal of her scholarship.

“My husband and I established the Douglas and Belinda Louie scholarship in 2006 to support minority teacher candidates to obtain teacher certification,” Louie said. “Although the K-12 students become more diverse, the teacher population does not match the learners’ diversity. The scholarship has been very successful in previous years to fulfill our intention to increase the diversity in our teacher pool.”

The TEACH Grant Program provides a maximum of $8,000. This is open only for those who agree to work as a full-time teacher for four years in a high need field, as well as work in a school that serves low-income students.

The School of Education also encourages former and active military members to apply to Troops to Teachers. This is a program designed to help retiring and transitioning veterans work towards a career in education and teaching in a variety of K-12 classroom environments. While this is not a certificate program, Troops for Teachers has a number of support resources for veterans who are looking to earn a teaching license in Washington State.


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