TU Offers Advanced Degrees to Educators
HELPING EDUCATORS: The University of Tulsa is encouraging advanced degrees for educators through its Educator Tuition Scholarship program. The program is a two-thirds tuition reduction for practicing K-12 educators, including all elementary and secondary teachers and administrators in public or private schools. From left, Dr. Richard A. Redner, associate dean of research and graduate studies; John M. Bury, assistant dean and director of graduate student enrollment managements; and Dr. Kara Gae Neal, director for the school of urban education.
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The University of Tulsa continues to extend its history of support for Oklahoma educators through the Educator Tuition Scholarship.
The Educator Tuition Scholarship is a two-thirds tuition reduction for practicing K-12 educators that offers advanced degree at TU at the cost of state-rate tuitions.
All elementary and secondary teachers and administrators in public or private schools are eligible to pursue advanced degrees in any masters or doctoral program at TU. Current participants include educators taking courses for degrees in Finance, s and doctoral studies in their core subject areas, such as English, History, Math and the Sciences.
Graduate education at The University of Tulsa is based on the principles that no objective lies deeper in a university’s tradition than the nurture of scholarship, and that graduate education represents the highest reaches of a university’s endeavor.
The TU Board of Trustees first authorized graduate study leading to a master’s degree in 1933. The first master’s degree was granted in 1935. The Trustees approved a curriculum leading to the Doctor of Education degree in 1951. A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) was approved by the Trustees in 1963.
Today the numerous advanced degree options are among the reasons The University of Tulsa is annually ranked by “U.S. News and World Report” as one of the top 100 universities in the nation.
If advanced degrees have been started elsewhere, TU’s transfer policy accepts 6 hours of credit at the master’s level and 12 hours at the doctoral level. TU’s Graduate School will be responsible for determining the acceptability of transferred credit.
Teach For America graduates are encouraged to start their next degree at TU while teaching in the Tulsa metro area through the Educator Tuition Scholarship.
Dr. Kara Gae Neal, Director of TU’s School of Urban Education, praises the scholarship as especially helpful at a time when Oklahoma educators are experiencing some of the most dramatic reductions in funding for education in the State’s history.
“Ultimately, overall budget cuts at schools impact the salaries of all professional educators who put many personal goals on hold when dollars at home become tight,” she says. “TU’s Educator Tuition Scholarship is an extension of this University’s history of support for the educational community that ultimately benefits the students they serve and our community as a whole.”
Dr. Janet Haggerty, Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Research, urges interested educators to go to the University of Tulsa’s website (www.utulsa.edu) or call the Graduate School (918-631-2336) to learn more about the graduate degree options available to K-12 teachers and administrators in public or private schools through the Educator Tuition Scholarship.