CBU Receives $150,000 BASE-TN Grant

Financial Support Now Available to Become Special Ed Teacher

The Tennessee Department of Education has award a $150,000 Become A Special Educator in TN (BASE-TN) grant to Christian Brothers University (CBU). This grant provides financial support for persons seeking to earn an initial Tennessee teaching license in special education or an endorsement in special education.

As an established educator of teachers in the Memphis area, CBU is honored to be the recipient of this two-year grant. Dr. Wendy Ashcroft, Director of Field Experience at CBU, stated, “I’m particularly excited about the grant because it enhances our special education licensure program. It is in line with our CBU mission of service to our community in preparing teachers to work with children whose learning or behavioral differences make school so challenging.”

The BASE-TN grant allows CBU to award a partial tuition scholarship to eligible persons. To qualify for the scholarship, the individual must have a bachelor’s degree in a field of study other than special education and desire licensure; or be currently employed as an educational paraprofessional in a special education classroom and have at least two years of undergraduate coursework or associate’s degree.

“I’m especially pleased,” Ashcroft notes, “that our grant will allow us to offer a career growth opportunity to special education paraprofessionals. These individuals have already chosen to work with special needs children and often have many of the skills necessary to become licensed teachers, but may not have had the time or opportunity to seek a teaching license.”

In exchange for the BASE-TN award, recipients commit to teach special education for two years in a Tennessee public school for each academic year of financial support received. If for some reason the recipient cannot fulfill this obligation, the award must be repaid.

To be considered for the BASE-TN at CBU, complete an application by April 1 for the summer term. To apply or for more information, contact Dr. Wendy Ashcroft at washcrof@cbu.edu or (901) 321-4350. ###

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