Trevecca earns Tennessee Department of Education grant to provide specialized teacher endorsements

Trevecca Nazarene University has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Tennessee Department of Education to provide teacher endorsements in special education (SPED) and English as a second language (ESL).

The state’s SPED/ESL Adaptation and Administration Grant will give up to 2,400 educators the opportunity to earn an endorsement in one of these areas over the course of the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years.  

As a recipient of the special funding, Trevecca’s School of Education will offer flexible, fully online training to help fill demand for teachers statewide in the two specialty areas. Teachers accepted in the program will be able to work at their own pace in earning the endorsement, preparing for roles as special education or ESL classroom teachers.

“We are honored by this opportunity to serve our state educators and help meet an important need in our schools,” said Dr. Patrick Osborne, executive director of Trevecca’s Institute of Professional Development. “Teaching educators and providing online instruction are both areas where Trevecca has developed a great reputation statewide, and this program allows us to use those strengths for a great cause.”

To be considered for the program, a licensed teacher must be nominated by the director of schools in his or her district. Courses will begin in October 2021.

Teacher Participation Information

In order to register for participation in one of these additional endorsement opportunities, currently licensed Tennessee educators should complete one of the relevant forms below by Thursday, September 30, 2021

Special Education Nomination Forms:

English as a Second Language Forms:

Seats in each endorsement pathway will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, until all seats are filled.  

Please note: those individuals who have already been nominated by their LEAs for this opportunity, or for another additional endorsement opportunity being offered by TDOE, will not be eligible for self-registration at this time.

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Information about degree and post-baccalaureate programs offered through Trevecca’s School of Education can be found here.

Trevecca Nazarene University is a Christian university in the heart of Nashville focused on preparing students for lives of leadership and service.  Founded in 1901, Trevecca is committed to holistic education that encourages students to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually.  In addition to its historic main campus near downtown Nashville, Trevecca offers two other locations across Tennessee, and online classes worldwide. With students from 47 states and 39 countries, Trevecca offers 20 associate degrees, 73 undergraduate majors, 19 master’s programs and three doctoral programs as well as specialist and certificate programs.

Trevecca has been recognized recently with a national university listing in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Colleges; a doctoral university classification from the Carnegie Foundation; and a statewide top 10 listing by WalletHub’s 2021 College and University Ranking.

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