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North Carolina A&T State’s College of Education receives $3.6 million grant

The grant will aid in efforts to increase the number of high-qualified teachers in rural North Carolina communities

North Carolina A&T State University is receiving assistance from the U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) in its efforts to increase the number of high-qualified K-12 teachers needed for schools in rural communities.

This month, TQP awarded the university’s College of Education a $3.6 million grant to aid in the department’s North Carolina A&T Rural Teacher Residency Program in hopes to “increase the number of fully credentialed teachers who effectively address the needs of children in high-need rural public school districts in North Carolina,” according to the school’s press release.

TQP ensures a way for undergraduate or “fifth-year”-level students to receive proper and necessary training by funding teacher preparation programs and teaching residency programs. The funding will be provided for a five-year period.

North Carolina A&T along with Coppin State University are the only two historically black universities that will provide services for both urban and rural communities.

“Faculty in the College of Education are extremely excited about this grant award as it provides funding that will completely reform the model we use to prepare classroom teachers,” said Anthony Graham, dean of the College of Education.

Maya Jones is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a native New Orleanian who enjoys long walks down Frenchmen Street and romantic dates to Saints games.