November 29, 2011
The money will mainly be used for scholarships for MSSE students.
National need for more qualified teachers in science, technology, engineering and match for deaf and hard-of-hearing children.
About 250 students have graduated from NTID’s MSSe program since it began accepting students in 1995.
Employement rate for MSSE students is more than 90 percent within a year of graduation.
NTID’s Master of Science program in Secondary Education (MSSE) has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help recruit and train teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing.
Much of the grant, over five years, will be used for scholarships to support students studying to become teachers of the deaf with a focus in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). In addition, prospective teachers of the deaf who are African-American, Latin American, Native American and Asian American will be supported in an attempt to offset the national shortage of teachers with diverse backgrounds who are qualified to teach deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
“The United States faces a critical shortage of teachers qualifies to teach in STEM disciplines,” says NTID President Gerry Buckley. “The shortage of STEM teamers who are qualified to teach deaf and hard-of-hearing students is particularly pronounced. As a…