USC Aiken added as Teaching Fellows institution

  • Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014 12:01 a.m.

USC Aiken will become a Teaching Fellows institution, beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year.

The Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement, also known as CERRA, announced the addition of USCA to the program.

USCA will use the 2014-2015 academic year to develop its Teaching Fellows program and will begin accepting new Fellows in the fall of 2015.

The program was established in 1999 by the General Assembly to address the need to recruit high quality teachers for South Carolina's classrooms. Teaching Fellows receive up to $24,000 over four years to pursue a degree in education.

CERRA initiated a request for proposal – RFP – process last fall for the purpose of adding up to two more public institutions to host a Teaching Fellows program in South Carolina. The agency approved USCA, with the agency inviting the university to participate in the program.

This action is a great day for the School of Education and USCA, said Dr. Tim Lintner, an associate professor in the education department. Teaching Fellows will provide a collaboration with other departments and the community – encouraging the students to become teacher-leaders in the classroom, Lintner said.

“We are confident that the Teaching Fellows Program at USC Aiken will be the program of choice for those interested in pursuing a degree in education,” he said.

The Teaching Fellows application is available to high school seniors in South Carolina and will open online on September 1 this year – with USCA joining that process in 2015.

“I am glad our future applicants will now have the opportunity to choose from 12 outstanding colleges and universities,” said Jenna Hallman, the program director at CERRA.

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