CSU-Global Receives Grant to Help Credential Rural K-12 Colorado Teachers

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Funding will be used to increase the number of concurrent enrollment qualified teachers among the high schools in southeastern Colorado.

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As part of the Colorado Rural Education Collaborative (CREC), CSU-Global will develop and offer courses to help teachers in the fields of math and English become qualified for concurrent enrollment program.

Colorado State University-Global Campus is proud to announce a new joint initiative to address the critical need for teacher credentialing in rural Colorado. As part of the Colorado Rural Education Collaborative (CREC), CSU-Global will develop and offer courses to help teachers in the fields of math and English become qualified for concurrent enrollment programs thanks to federal grant funding.

“Due to teacher credentialing requirements, Rural Colorado K-12 school districts are challenged in the type and number of dual enrollment courses that their high school students can be enrolled in,” explained Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker, President of Colorado State University-Global Campus. “We are excited to be able to provide a solution that can help bridge that gap through our high quality and flexible online teacher development programs.”

Through a partnership of the Santa Fe Trail Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (SFTBOCES), Otero Junior College, Generation Schools Network, and Battelle for Kids, the approved grant proposal consists of establishing a pilot program in rural schools. This includes providing scholarships for eligible teachers in the SFTBOCES districts to get the necessary credentials to teach concurrent enrollment programs, which allow students to earn college credits while still in high school.

The project’s proposal was approved by a committee of Colorado Department of Higher Education and Colorado Department of Education members as part of the 2015-2016 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Improving Teacher Quality, Title II, Part A federal grant. Grants were awarded for teacher preparation initiatives around the state. In addition to Colorado State University-Global Campus, Western State Colorado University and CSU-Global’s sister institution of Colorado State University-Pueblo received grant funding.

“We anticipate this program will increase the number of concurrent enrollment qualified educators in the SFTBOCES area by more than 50 percent,” continued Dr. Takeda-Tinker. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to fulfill our mission through this and similar collaborative efforts that focus on advancing student success in Colorado.”

In addition to the grant project, CSU-Global is working with Generation Schools Network and Battelle for Kids on a new Turnaround Leadership Program. Launching in March, this 3-year program is designed to help schools dramatically improve performance through training, coaching, resources, and support. While separate initiatives, these collaborative efforts—as well as the university’s new Teacher Licensure programs—demonstrate how CSU-Global is embracing its role as a leader in driving Colorado education forward.

Visit CSUGlobal.edu for more information about all of CSU-Global’s 100 percent online bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and other academic offerings. Prospective students can also contact an Enrollment Counselor by calling 1-800-920-6723 or emailing Admissions(at)CSUGlobal(dot)edu to get started.

About Colorado State University-Global Campus
Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) was created by the Colorado State University System Board of Governors in 2007 as the first 100 percent online state university in the United States. CSU-Global is focused on facilitating adult success in a global marketplace through career-relevant education including bachelor’s degree completion and master’s degree programs. Embracing the land grant heritage as part of the Colorado State University System, CSU-Global sets the standard for quality and innovation in higher education through its expert faculty trained in working with adults in an online learning environment, and through its dedication to student retention, graduation and workplace success. Visit CSUGlobal.edu or call 1-800-920-6723 for more information.

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