Special education scholarship offered

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

NASHVILLE -- Thanks to a $250,000 grant from the Tennessee Department of Education's Division of Special Education, Lipscomb is offering $5,000 scholarships to eligible teachers looking to become licensed, achieve highly qualified status in special education, and work toward a master's degree.

The scholarships are available to public school teachers statewide to enroll in Lipscomb's unique Master of Arts in Special Education (MASE) program. MASE allows special education teachers working on alternative licensure or waivers to become fully licensed in special education: modified K-12 and to work toward a master's degree in just 14 months by meeting about one weekend per month and in the summer.

In addition, Lipscomb University offers full-time teachers a 26 percent tuition discount, providing a total savings of more than $12,000 for qualified participants. Recipients must commit to teach for two years in a Tennessee public school after completing the program.

The MASE program is designed for working teachers, offering an accelerated format that meets on the Nashville campus approximately one weekend per month and for one month during the summer. Lipscomb also conducts on-site MASE instruction at field study sites in West Tennessee.