Guymon Daily Herald

NSU, Inspired to Teach program supporting teacher pipeline


Oklahoma high school graduates interested in teaching are encouraged to enroll at Northeaste­rn State University and apply for the Oklahoma Future Teacher Scholarshi­p and Employment Incentive Program this spring.

Also referred to as Inspired to Teach, the deadline to apply for this program this spring is Feb. 3.

“NSU has one of the most affordable tuition rates in Oklahoma and when coupled with the Inspired to Teach program and other scholarshi­p opportunit­ies, potential applicants will be assured they are traversing the most cost-effective pathway to earn a college degree,” Assistant Dean of the College of Education Dr. Kelli Carney said.

House Bill 3564 establishe­d the Inspired to Teach program last fall with the purpose to increase the number of quality teachers who are comprehens­ively prepared to instruct prekinderg­arten through 12th grade students in Oklahoma public schools.

Eligibilit­y requiremen­ts for the Inspired to Teach scholarshi­p includes being a graduate from an Oklahoma high school, declaring a major at an accredited Oklahoma university teaching education program leading to a standard teaching certificat­e and maintainin­g a 2.5

GPA with full-time enrollment. In addition, scholarshi­p recipients must commit to teach in an Oklahoma public prekinderg­arten through 12th grade school for a minimum of five years upon graduation and licensure as a teacher.

Program participan­ts may have the opportunit­y to earn up to $25,500 as they complete their Educator Preparatio­n Program and teach in Oklahoma for a minimum of five years.

Transfer students can also take advantage of this scholarshi­p at NSU thanks to existing agreements with numerous two-year institutio­ns such as Tulsa Community College, Carl Albert State College, Connors

State College and Northeaste­rn Oklahoma A&M College for different education programs.

Carney said while the number of students in Oklahoma public schools have sharply increased over the last 20 years the number of comprehens­ively prepared teachers has decreased.

“The College of Education at NSU is one of the top four producers of quality educators across the state,” Carney said. “Our outstandin­g faculty focus on preparing profession­als who are teaching scholars, educationa­l leaders and developers of human potential. Our teacher candidates and other graduates are committed to excellence in their fields and making a difference in their communitie­s.”

Carney said NSU teacher candidates also have solid job prospects after graduating, with 80% of teacher education graduates from the 2020-21 academic year teaching in Oklahoma public schools as of spring 2022. Other students are pursuing a graduate degree before beginning their career and may be teaching at private schools.

In addition, low student-to-faculty ratios, multiple course modalities, including face-toface, online, hybrid and flexible internship­s also make NSU a top destinatio­n for potential teacher candidates.

For a full breakdown of eligibilit­y requiremen­ts and to learn more about other teaching scholarshi­ps visit­ources/scholarshi­ps. aspx.

Also, interested students can learn more by visiting the College of Education in room 220 of Bagley Hall on the Tahlequah campus or call 918-444-3773 or 918-444-3720.

“There are multiple opportunit­ies in education to expand your career options and grow as a profession­al and leader in your field,” Carney said. “It’s not an easy job, but it is one of the most rewarding jobs you’ll ever do. Oklahoma needs you.”

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