Teacher Education Programs

First Americans' Teacher Education Program

The First Americans' Teacher Education (FATE) grant program has as its primary goal the production of new American Indian teachers for American Indian communities. The program seeks to increase the number of highly qualified American Indian teachers who will teach in schools with significant American Indian student populations.  The program proposes to address the shortage of American Indian teachers at all grade levels through a comprehensive strategy that will include licensure preparation and induction support. The program will also institutionalize a culturally relevant program in the School of Education.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • American Indian UNCP students
  • Declared Education majors
  • State or federally-recognized tribal members
  • Undergraduate degree seeking (sophomores, juniors and seniors)
  • Degree, licensure and employment as a teacher must be attained by August 2014
  • Student should have 2.5 GPA
  • Not financial-need based
  • Service payback obligation/required (service payback equivalent to length of time trained)
  • Service payback must be in an area related to the degree and licensure
  • Cash payback required in the absence of service payback (cash payback for cost of training)

PROGRAM BENEFITS

  • Pays
    • Tuition and fees
    • Stipends (limited to full-time students employed less than 20 hours/week)
    • Books
    • Partial childcare costs for dependent minors
    • Praxis I & II testing fees
    • Partial education supplies
  • Provides
    • Praxis I and II support workshops
    • Professional development seminars
    • Select conference registration and support
    • Laptop computers (on loan)
    • Professional networking
    • Tutoring services
    • Induction/mentoring/consultation support

LICENSURE PROGRAMS

  • Birth–Kindergarten (BK)
  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • Middle Grades Education (6-9)
  • Secondary Education (9-12) – Biology, English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
  • Specialized Subject Areas (K12) - Art, Music, Physical Education, Special Education

MORE INFORMATION

For more information, please contact Sherry Hunt at 910.775.4249 or sherry.hunt@uncp.edu.