Coker College Creates Excellence In Teaching Scholarship For South Carolina Teachers Of The Year

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Hartsville, S.C. – June 28, 2017  –  Coker College is offering an Excellence in Teaching Scholarship for Teachers of the Year in South Carolina who wish to further their education. Any K-12 educator who has been designated as a Teacher of the Year by their school, district, or the S.C. Department of Education in 2017 or years past is eligible for a term of graduate coursework at no cost. Two deserving applicants will receive a full scholarship for the entirety of their graduate program.

These incentives are designed specifically for K-12 teachers pursuing a Master of Education degree. Coker College offers two unique M.Ed. programs with specializations in Literacy Studies and Curriculum/Instructional Technology.  

"Teachers give so much of their time and energy—even finances—to their students. This is an exciting opportunity for Coker to give something back to them, to recognize the important work they're doing, and to say 'thank you,'" says Dr. Susan Henderson, associate provost and dean of the faculty. "These scholarships will make graduate education more accessible for many which will benefit our state and future generations. I'm thrilled that Coker College has taken this initiative to heart."

The M.Ed. in Literacy Studies is a hybrid program that helps teachers address priorities designated by the state while enhancing student learning across all disciplines. Graduates qualify for the South Carolina Department of Education’s Literacy Teacher add-on certification and may also pursue the Literacy Coach add-on. With convenient six-week terms, the M.Ed. in Literacy Studies can be earned in 12 months.

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instructional Technology is an online program designed for teachers who desire to remain in touch with today’s best practices while studying new learning modes and models. This unique program allows students to hone their skills in both curriculum development and technology — two areas of opportunity for improving student outcomes both in the classroom and in leadership roles. The degree is offered 100 percent online and can be earned in 15 months.

"Both of our graduate programs equip teachers with modern best practices that can be applied immediately. Frequently, teachers exclaim that what they have learned one day they have applied in their instruction the next." explains Dr. Karen Carpenter, dean of the Wiggins School of Education at Coker College. "It's not just theoretical knowledge teachers are gaining. They're learning practical, student-centered strategies that make a lasting impact on education."

All scholarship applicants must submit a portfolio with their biography, philosophy of teaching, and a short essay on current educational issues and trends. Portfolios will be reviewed by the Wiggin's School of Education's Graduate Committee. Every Teacher of the Year who enrolls receives a term scholarship, applied to the final term of their program. One deserving applicant will be selected from each cohort to receive a full program scholarship.

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instructional Technology term begins in August 2017 and scholarship applications are due by July 24, 2017. The M.Ed. in Literacy Studies term begins in June 2018 and scholarship applications are due by April 1, 2018.

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Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 21 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.