New Grant Will Help High School Teachers
Qualify to Teach College
In partnership with the Stark County Education Service Center (SCESC), Kent State University-Stark received a grant in excess of $498,000. The grant will cover the costs to qualify a minimum of 50 high school teachers within the SCESC districts to earn adjunct credentials to teach college courses on campus and at their high school.
The grant money - part of a larger $10 million grant -
will pay for tuition, books and fees associated with the 18 hours of graduate coursework needed to credential in a content area including math, history, physics, English and Spanish. Participating teachers may pursue a master's degree while taking the 18 credit hours (additional costs for the degree are the responsibility of the teacher) or may pursue 18 content-area graduate hours if they already possess a master's degree outside of the content. Final coursework must begin by June 30, 2017 and preference will be given to teachers in districts with a minimum of 40% economically disadvantaged students.
John Carey, Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor, states that "Providing this funding for teacher credentialing will ultimately allow more students to take advantage of College Credit Plus, which is great news for students and families looking to save potentially thousands on the cost of a college education."
 SCESC, Phone Interview with Mr. Dave Pilati, Curriculum Consultant, January 20, 2016.