• Multiple school systems signing UWA Teacher Connect agreements

    Posted: June 26, 2014

    Author: Public Relations

     The University of West Alabama provides a unique opportunity for school systems that would like to offer their teachers the support needed to further their education by pursuing a master's or education specialist degree. Through the UWA Teacher Connect program designed especially for participating systems, teachers can receive financial assistance for online studies.

    For a system’s teachers, participation in the program, which leads to advanced degrees in education, can qualify for a discount of $200 per credit hour on their tuition. They can choose from UWA's 38 master's and education specialist degrees. With accelerated online terms, teachers can easily earn their advanced degrees in two years.

    Marengo County Schools, Hale County Schools, and Demopolis City Schools have signed agreements with UWA to provide exclusive opportunities for their teachers. The benefits will begin immediately, and the results are long-lasting on virtually every level.

    For educators, advanced degrees can lead to salary increases. An added benefit is that teachers can work to increase the amount or retirement income they will receive. The benefits of the UWA Teacher Connect program extend beyond the teachers, though.

    Students also see the benefit of their teachers' participation and completion of degree programs made available through UWA Teacher Connect. Their teachers are exposed to the latest technology and trends in education, thus providing them with an educational experience that better prepares them for college.

    In fact, school systems are improved exponentially when faculty hold higher-level degrees. Participation in programs such as this allows the school system to recruit new faculty based on this benefit, and the overall atmosphere of learning and teaching is enhanced. Through UWA Connect, systems can increase faculty retention by providing this kind of opportunity not available in other systems.

    For more information on UWA Teacher Connect and its benefits for Marengo County, contact UWA Online Recruiting Director Lisa Compton at 205-652-5445 or lcompton@uwa.edu; or Online Admissions Counselor Byron Thetford at 205-652-3876 or bthetford@uwa.edu.
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