HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Department of Education awarded $2 million in grants to eight universities to develop year-long residency programs for teachers and principals, according to a press release from Governor Tom Wolf's Office of Communications.
The grants include implementation and expansion awards to provide financial support to teachers or school leader residents who undergo a full year of clinical experience before earning certification. Drexel University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Robert Morris University received implementation and expansion grants.
The Department of Education awarded planning grants, which are used to develop strategies for full-year clinical residency experiences, to Cabrini University, Lehigh University, Millersville University, Penn State Harrisburg and the University of Pennsylvania.
“While Pennsylvania’s educator preparation system is one of the largest in the country, the Commonwealth faces significant challenges, including a steep decline in the number of qualified teaching candidates,” said Governor Wolf. “These grants will benefit our students by providing advanced training to better prepare teachers and school leaders to serve in our most high-need areas.”
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