Citing an acute need for teachers and a decline in enrollment in college education programs, the U.S. Department of Education is granting $9.6 million to a partnership between five Georgia school systems and Mercer University’s Tift College of Education.
The funds will pay for 170 Masters of Arts in Teaching degrees in a yearlong program, as well as a $30,000 stipend for each participant who earns the degree. The new teachers will also receive three years of mentoring.
The hope of the new program is that it may, hopefully, entice mid-career professionals to consider teaching as a career change option.
– Jacqueline Gualtieri, The Georgia 100