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THEC Awards Grant to FHU Teacher Education Program

Henderson, Tenn. - Jun 09, 2015

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission has awarded Freed-Hardeman University a Diversity in Teaching grant for almost $100,000 over the next two years, 2015-17. The grant program provides funds to Tennessee colleges and universities for the development of programs designed to increase the number of K-12 teachers in Tennessee from underrepresented groups with commitment to diversity as an instructional tool.

The grant proposal, submitted by Professor of Education Elizabeth Saunders, includes recruitment and retention strategies to assist students in progressing through the teacher education program, passing the PRAXIS and obtaining licensure. Saunders administers the program at FHU.

The matching grant calls for five students to participate in the program. The awards will go to graduate students in the Master of Arts in Teaching program. State funds may be used for tuition, licensure fees and instructional materials. FHU must provide matching funds for the program. Students selected for the program are expected to graduate and obtain licensure within two years of receiving the grant.

FHU has a 20-year success record in preparing teachers from minority and underrepresented populations. This grant will enable the university to continue recruiting, training and guiding capable and talented underrepresented groups of Tennesseans into teaching careers.

The university works with the following local education agencies to execute the grant: Chester, Fayette, Hardeman and Haywood county school systems and Lexington city schools.

Of the eight universities who submitted applications for the grant, four universities were selected: University of Tennessee--Chattanooga, University of Tennessee--Knoxville, Lee University and Freed-Hardeman University.

Additional information regarding the grant may be obtained by contacting Saunders at