The University of Arizona has won two 5-year grants for $639,357 through the U.S. Department of Education's Transition to Teaching Program.

More information from the press release:


The program supports efforts to recruit mid-career professionals and recent graduates with degrees outside of education and then help these recruits become teachers through alternative certification routes. The program also focuses on placing teachers in high-need schools.

"Talented teachers come from all walks of life, and life experiences can enhance a teacher's abilities in the classroom and their rapport with students," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "These grants will encourage more interested professionals to transition to teaching and increase our cadre of teachers for schools that need them the most."

Teacher candidates supported by the projects are required to teach in high-need schools for at least three years. In addition to the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, projects support the training of teachers for other subjects with the greatest need, primarily special education and bilingual or English as a Second Language.


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