CCU to launch Teaching Fellows program in 2015

Coastal Carolina University’s Spadoni College of Education is establishing a new program for fall 2015 that will recruit talented high school students to the teaching profession.

The S.C. Teaching Fellows Program was started by the General Assembly in 1999 to combat the state’s teacher shortage. CCU will have the 11th Teaching Fellows institution in the state to offer the program.

The program is administered by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement, and provides a scholarship/loan of up to $24,000 over four years to pay the college education of a select number of high school seniors. In return, the students teach one year in a state public school for each year they receive the scholarship.

“Our Teaching Fellows Program will provide advanced enrichment opportunities, professional development and relevant involvement with communities and businesses that will prepare educators who understand and can affect the achievement/opportunity gap,” said Edward Jadallah, dean of Spadoni College.

Students can get program applications online in early September. CERRA will review the applications and student interviews to select the scholarship recipients and will attempt to match them with their first-choice institution.

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