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To be a teacher one must first become an educator. There are many scholastic pathways to becoming a teacher. There are also many fields within education that you can specialize in. In this category of teaching scholarships you may find public or private funding assistance that will help you achieve your teaching goals. Continue reading to find out more about the range of possibilities within this major as well as about teaching scholarships.

If you want to major in teaching or in education, you have a host of options. Most academic programs brake teaching down into the following categories: early childhood, elementary, middle school, physical, secondary and special education degree programs are all widely available. What field you decide to major in will depend on your educational and vocational goals and expectations.

The career outlook for these careers in varied. Not all teachers are in equal demand. However, one thing is certain. Good teachers are always needed. We all have memories of that one individual who changed the way we saw the world, the way we thought about ourselves and the universe around us. You can be that person. You can have that impact on another human being. What could be greater than that?

For kindergarten and elementary school teachers, the jobs picture is average, with a 17% increase in jobs expected between now and 2020. High school teachers are expected to experience only a 7% increase in employment opportunities, which is much lower than the national average for all occupations. This slower than average growth will be the result of lower enrollment growth for high school age individuals. But be aware that the employment picture will vary from region to region.

To be a teacher you must pass through several steps. The first step is the completion of an accredited  bachelor's degree program in your educational field.  Then you must also have a state-issued certification or license. This certification process varies between states. Check with the Department of Education in your state to find out exactly what will be required of  you.

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Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award

Established in 1989, the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award honors an individual, project, organization, or institution for outstanding contributions to equality and education for women and girls. The award is given for a broad range of activities including classroom teaching, education and research, and legal and legislative work in equality for women and girls. While the award focuses on education, the recipient need not be an educator.

Kevork A. Sarafian Scholarship

For a needy senior planning to enter teaching who shows promise of leadership and maintains a GPA of 3.0 or above.

Mathematics Graduate Course Work Scholarships for Grades 6-8 Teachers

The purpose of this grant is to provide financial support for improving teachers’ understanding of mathematics by completing graduate course work in mathematics. Scholarships with a maximum of $2,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching at the grades 6–8 level. Primary emphasis is placed on appropriate mathematics content courses. Mathematics education courses may also qualify if a suitable rationale is provided by the applicant. Proposals must address the following: rationale for the coursework, anticipated instructional improvements and expected impact on student learning outcomes.The applicant must (1) be a current Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM or teach at a school with a current NCTM PreK–8 school membership; (2) have taught school mathematics at least three years; and (3) intend to remain in teaching. No person(s) may receive more than one award administered by the Mathematics Education Trust in the same academic year. Past recipients of this scholarship are not eligible to reapply.

California Retired Teachers Association

The Association provides a $2,000 scholarship to a senior or graduate student entering the field of teaching. The student is selected on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, and school and community activities. The most recent award was $2,000.

Loan Cancellation or Deferment Option for Teachers

If you are a teacher serving in a low-income or subject-matter shortage area, it might be possible for you to cancel or defer your student loans.

Child Care Provider Scholarship

ELIGIBLE MAJORSChild development program or early childhood education program.ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTSYou and your parents (if you are a dependent student) must be Maryland residents. You must enroll at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university as a full-time (12+ credits per semester) or part-time (6-11 credits per semester), degree-seeking undergraduate. Audited courses cannot be used to reach the minimum credit hours required for full-time or part-time status. You must enroll in a child development program or an early childhood education program. You may only attend part-time if you are working at least 15 hours a week at a child care or family day care center.FINANCIAL NEEDThis award is not based on need.AWARD AMOUNTFOR RENEWALS ONLY. An award for full-time attendance at a community college is $1,000 per year; a part-time award is $500 per year. An award for full-time attendance at a four-year institution is $2,000 per year; a part-time award is $1,000 per year. The total dollar amount of all State awards may not exceed your cost of attendance as determined by your school’s financial aid office or $19,000, whichever is less. Funds may not be available to award all eligible students.RENEWING AN AWARDYour award may be renewed if you maintain satisfactory academic progress at the college you attend, maintain a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA, and remain enrolled in an approved program. You and your parents must also remain Maryland residents. The award may be renewed for up to an additional three years.SERVICE OBLIGATIONYou must agree to complete an education program in early childhood education or child development and be employed as a director or senior staff member of a licensed Maryland child care center or as a family day care provider in Maryland on a full-time basis one year for each year, or portion thereof, you receive the award.NOTE: Teaching in a public school in Maryland will not fulfill the service requirement, nor will teaching as a kindergarten teacher. You must begin employment within six months of your graduation. If you do not meet your service obligation, your scholarship must be repaid with interest. If you hold this scholarship with any other award requiring a service obligation, you must perform your service in consecutive years.

Barbara Habstritt Scholarship

Special Qualifications: • Applicant must be a graduating HS Senior from Oshkosh West • Pursuing a career in education/teaching • Applicant must be attending any Wisconsin University or CollegeRequirements:# Transcripts# ACT or SATNot renewable.

Larry Acterman Public Education Award

Eligibility Applicants for this scholarship award must: 1. Be a high school senior (and US citizen) graduating from the Long Beach Unified School District. 2. Plan to enroll in a full-time course of study which leads to a degree and a teaching credential at an accredited four-year public college or university in the state of California. 3. Demonstrate a strong commitment and interest in pursuing a career in public education as a K-12 public school teacher in California. 4. Demonstrate outstanding scholastic ability, and a determination to graduate from college and become a public school teacher. For this scholarship you must arrange for at least two letters of recommendation. • At least one letter must be from a member of your school staff (e.g. teacher, academic counselor, principal, etc.). • At least one letter must be from an unrelated adult who has been involved with you in some significant activity outside of school.

Prospective Middle School Mathematics Teacher Course Work Scholarships

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to college or university students preparing for teaching middle school mathematics. One scholarship, with a maximum value of $3,000, will be awarded to a person currently completing their junior year of college or university, scheduling for full-time study at a four- or five-year college or university in the next academic year, and pursuing a career goal of becoming a certified teacher of middle school mathematics. These scholarships are named in recognition of the generous contributions to mathematics education made by Edward Brennan.To apply for the scholarship, a written proposal must be submitted that includes evidence of the applicant’s past academic achievement in a college or university and the applicant’s commitment to pursue a teaching career in middle school mathematics. This scholarship can be applied to tuition, fees, course materials, and other expenses directly related to the recipient’s academic program of study. Any acquisition of equipment must support the applicant’s plan of study but not require more than 10 percent, or $300, of the entire scholarship.Applicants must submit a written proposal that identifies the remaining one or two years of collegiate coursework in mathematics or mathematics education required to earn certification; a detailed outline of the full-time study required to meet these requirements within two years of study, and the course titles and credits for mathematics and mathematics education courses already completed; and a budget to fund the plan. Applicants must be student members of NCTM.No person(s) may receive more than one award administered by the Mathematics Education Trust in the same academic year. Past recipients of the Edward Brennan Scholarship and employees or immediate family members of employees of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Earl V. Pullias Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship funds are awarded to students who are committed to the teaching profession and the advancement of education rooted in values and principles. Incoming students are eligible for this scholarship. Awards are determined by faculty and program staff upon review of admissions applications during the admissions process. Recipients will be notified of their awards before the start of their program.

James Madison Graduate Fellowships

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. Generally, one Fellowship per state is awarded each year. Eligibility Requirements: Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. To be eligible to apply for a fellowship, you must: Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national. Be a teacher, or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7–12). Possess a bachelor's degree or plan to receive a bachelor's degree no later than August 31 of the year in which you are applying. Types of Fellowships The Foundation offers two types of fellowships: Junior Fellowships are awarded to outstanding college seniors and college graduates without teaching experience who intend to become secondary school teachers of American history, American government, or social studies in grades 7–12. Junior Fellows are expected to complete graduate study within 2 academic years of full-time study. Senior Fellowships are awarded to outstanding current teachers who are required to complete graduate study within 5 calendar years of part-time study.

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