GSE Scholarship Program Targets Diverse Teachers

Posted: August 6, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

In an effort to recruit and train a diverse pool of elementary school teachers who reflect the nation’s population of children and are prepared to function in the natural environments of families, the Graduate School of Education (GSE) has created Educators Without Borders. The program offers scholarship opportunities for early intervention teachers from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in education, including individuals from diverse cultural, racial, and linguistic groups; men; and individuals with disabilities.

In addition to learning how to work with culturally and linguistically diverse children and families, students will gain leadership and advocacy skills that help them interact in diverse community settings and respond to issues of bias and discrimination. They also will become part of a mentorship network that supports their ongoing professional development as teachers.

The program, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs, provides a traineeship, payment of tuition, and financial assistance of up to $7,500 per year for qualified applicants enrolled in GSE’s nationally recognized UTEEM Early Childhood Program. UTEEM is a two-year, full-time, field-based program that focuses on work with culturally, linguistically, and ability-diverse children from birth through age eight and stresses the importance of collaboration with families and communities in teaching children.

Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2001 semester. For more information or to apply, contact Bob Stechuk, Educators Without Borders coordinator, at x33670 or

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