WGU Celebrates National Teacher Appreciation Week by Offering New Scholarships for Teachers

Nonprofit, online university leads the nation in master's degrees for math and science educators

May 07, 2014, 15:38 ET from Western Governors University

SALT LAKE CITY, May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Western Governors University's Teachers College, the only online university to make the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) Honor Roll, is celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Week with a new scholarship to help current teachers complete their master's degrees. WGU will award 25 Teacher Appreciation Scholarships, each valued at up to $2,000, beginning immediately and continuing through August of this year. 

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be licensed teachers, complete the admissions and enrollment process, and complete an interview with a scholarship counselor. The scholarship program is competitive and scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate's academic record, readiness for online study at WGU, and other considerations. The $2,000 scholarship will be applied at the rate of $500 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms.  For more information and details on the scholarship, visit www.wgu.edu/teachers2014.  

Online and competency-based, WGU's master's degree programs are ideal for working teachers hoping to advance their classroom careers or move into leadership positions by earning master's degrees. Students study and learn at their own pace, moving quickly through what they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn. WGU's competency-based learning model lets students advance as soon as they prove mastery of course material. As a result, many students are able to accelerate their time to completion, saving both time and money.

Now with more than 12,000 students nationwide and more than 13,000 graduates, WGU's Teachers College offers the following programs for already-licensed teachers:

For more information about WGU's online degree programs, visit www.wgu.edu/teacher-ed.    

About Western Governors University
Founded in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors, Western Governors University has grown to become a national university with more than 45,000 students and 33,000 graduates in all 50 states. Recognized by President Obama as an innovative university that "awards credits based on learning, not seat time," WGU is the only university in the U.S. offering accredited, competency-based bachelor's and master's degree programs at scale. WGU has been named one of  Fast Company's "Most Innovative Companies for 2013," and has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered," The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, CNN's "Schools of Thought," and in The New York Times.

WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Teachers College is the first exclusively online provider of teacher education to receive accreditation for its teacher licensure programs from NCATE, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

A 100Kin10 partner*, WGU's Teachers College was established in 2003 with the support of the U.S. Department of Education and is nationally recognized for its math and science (STEM) education programs. WGU is currently the top producer of master's degrees in mathematics education in the United States. 

*100Kin10 is a multi-sector network addressing the national imperative to train 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021.

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