The College of Education received $2.2 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education to create a new partnership between Temple and the School District of Philadelphia. The award is one of 24 given in 2014 by the Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program that President Barack Obama announced in May of last year.
Funding from the grant will support the creation of the Temple Teacher Residency— a new dual-degree program focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Students in the program will earn a bachelor’s degree in a STEM-related discipline and a master’s degree in middle-grades education in five years. In their final year, students will spend 75 percent of their time teaching in a School District of Philadelphia middle-grades classroom while receiving direction from a school-based cooperating teacher and a university-based coach.
Beginning with the 2015–2016 school year, the program will enroll between 50 and 55 students each year.