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UAM Awarded Grant To Continue Special Education Resource Teacher Academy

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) has approved the University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) for funding to continue as a Special Education Resource Teacher Academy during the 2024-2025 academic year.

UAM was initially approved as a Special Education Resource Teacher Academy after receiving a grant for the 2022-2023 academic year as the result of a grant proposal submitted on behalf of the UAM School of Education by Dr. Kim Level, dean of the UAM School of Education, and Deborah Givhan, special education coordinator and instructor in the UAM School of Education. In 2023, UAM received funding to continue the program in the 2023-2024 academic year.

For the 2024-2025 academic year, UAM has received a grant to sponsor 30 teachers to obtain their K-6 or 7-12 Special Education Resource Teacher Endorsement. This includes full tuition and fees for 12 hours of graduate credit, all books and materials and the cost of one application of the Praxis exam.

The opportunity is open to all licensed Arkansas teachers K-6, P-4, ELA (4-8 or 7-12), math (4-8 or 7-12) and science. The first face-to-face meeting will be held on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 102 of the Student Success Center on the UAM campus. This is a mandatory meeting. The four required courses are 100% online and run Summer I: May 28 to June 26; Summer II: July 1 to July 31; Fall I: August 21 to October 10; and Spring I: January 8 to February 27, 2025. 

Applications will be accepted from May 1 until May 17, 2024, and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. 

All candidates must attend the mandatory face-to-face meeting on June 1, 2024, successfully complete all courses and successfully complete the Praxis exam on the first application. All requirements must be met by the end of April 2025.

To obtain an application or for additional information, contact Deborah Givhan at

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