BASE-TN Teaching Program will add special ed teachers
Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2011 12:12 pm
The Messenger 06.08.11
The BASE-TN (Become a Special Educator in Tennessee) Teaching Program, funded by the Tennessee Department of Education’s Division of Special Education, is now available at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
BASE-TN is designed to increase the number of teachers qualified to teach students with special needs in Tennessee.
BASE-TN provides finan-cial support for people who meet eligibility criteria and desire to earn an initial Tennessee teaching license or endorsement in special education.
This support involves a commitment to teach in a Tennessee public school two years for each academic year of financial support received.
BASE-TN will pay for all tuition costs associated with obtaining an initial licensure or add-on endorsement in special education. Additional costs, such as testing, copying, meals and books, must be paid by the student.
There are two groups of candidates who are eligible to apply for BASE-TN. Those with first priority include individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in an area other than special education (2.75 GPA required) and desire to obtain a special education teaching license.
Individuals currently employed as an educational paraprofessional in a special education classroom who have already completed a minimum of two years of undergraduate coursework or have earned an associate degree (2.75 GPA required) are among those in the second priority group.
The deadline to apply for the BASE-TN Teaching program for application for fall semester is Friday. About 10 students will be selected for tuition funding.
For more information, contact Dr. Beth Quick, UT Martin Department of Educational Studies chair, at email@example.com or (731) 881-7210.
To learn more about BASE-TN or to get an application, visit http://www.utm.edu/departments/cebs/educate/basetn/index.php.