Scholarship allows in-service teachers to become ESL-endorsed

The University of Maine’s Project Reach program offers in-service teachers a scholarship to enable them to become English as a Second Language-endorsed.

Project Reach is designed to improve classroom instruction for English learners (ELs) across Maine’s diverse educational and geographic settings. Through the scholarship program, Project Reach prepares multicultural educators to work in Maine’s public K-12 schools with students who are ELs.

The project focuses specific efforts on current teachers from STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) areas. A variety of professional and financial assistance is available to teachers completing 15 credit hours of ESL endorsement coursework and the ESL Praxis II exam.

Selected applicants will receive award packages of up to $6,000 in tuition waivers to help them become ESL-endorsed teachers. Participants may remain in the program for up to two years and will receive mentoring, advising and other professional development services.

The application for the upcoming spring enrollment is due Nov. 1, 2012. Deadlines for other sessions throughout the year include April 1, for summer courses, and July 1, for fall enrollment.

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