Bagwell College receives NSF grant for math teacher preparation program

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Bagwell College receives NSF grant for math teacher preparation program Scholarships will encourage…

Georgia (Jul 17, 2009)Bagwell College receives NSF grant for math teacher preparation program
Scholarships will encourage math and science grads to use talent in Georgia secondary schools

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (June 10‚ 2009) — The Bagwell College of Education at Kennesaw State University has received a National Science Foundation grant for more than $890‚000 for a program to attract mathematics and engineering students to the teaching profession.

Through the Robert Noyce Scholarship‚ the college will form the Increasing Mathematics Teachers for ALL Students (IMTAS) project — in collaboration with KSU’s College of Science and Mathematics — to recruit and prepare 36 teachers of secondary mathematics for Georgia’s highest−needs schools‚ particularly those with a large English language learner population.

Annual scholarships in the amount of $10‚000 will be used to recruit junior− and senior−level students. The Georgia Institute of Technology‚ an institutional partner in the program‚ will also provide information and orientation for KSU’s IMTAS to their students who are interested in teaching grades 6−12.

"The IMTAS program provides the Bagwell College of Education an opportunity to expand its current partnership with the College of Science and Mathematics at Kennesaw State University and with the Georgia Institute of Technology‚” said Arlinda Eaton‚ dean of KSU’s Bagwell College of Education. “Together we have the capacity to increase the number of certified high school mathematics teachers sorely needed in Georgia and particularly in the Metropolitan Atlanta area.”

IMTAS participants will enter KSU's 15−month Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program for mathematics education‚ completing a special component of the curriculum‚ a three−course endorsement certification for TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages).

To be eligible for the program‚ a student must:
• Be a U.S. citizen‚ national or resident alien
• Be on track to graduate from KSU or Georgia Tech at the end of their first
scholarship year with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics‚ engineering‚ or in
a related stem field
• Have a 3.0 GPA
• Demonstrate a strong desire to become a high school mathematics teacher
in Georgia
• Be willing to enroll in KSU’s 15−month Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
program beginning the summer after graduating from your undergraduate
institution‚ and fulfill the requirements of that program
• Demonstrate a strong commitment to working with culturally and linguistically
diverse students

Scholarship recipients are required to complete two years of teaching in a high−needs school district for each year of support.

To find out more about KSU’s IMTAS program and the Noyce Scholarship for Mathematics‚ contact Dr. Desha Williams at (678) 797−2505 or by e-mail at


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