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Education to Fund New Math Education Graduate Degree at UVI

Jan. 18, 2006 – Sixteen territorial public school teachers will be given the opportunity to enroll in the Math Education Graduate Program at the University of the Virgin Islands, according to a press release from the Education Human Resource Department.
Director Alscess Lewis-Brown says that full tuition for the 3-year program will be funded by the department. Candidates must be current math teachers who hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and currently not considered highly qualified to teach math by the requirements of the amended No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
"This territorial program will begin in the summer of 2006 on the St. Croix Campus of UVI and will alternate the following summer to UVI's St. Thomas campus," says Brown, "which means that a St. Thomas math teacher meeting all criteria can participate in the program on St. Croix and vice versa. Final selections will be made by a committee of persons selected by the education commissioner.
"The Department of Education's Human Resources Division is working overtime to fulfill the need for highly qualified mathematics teachers through helping local math teachers to bolster their credentials and become highly qualified and international recruitment," the director added. "The program focuses on the needs of practicing teachers in the territory and will result in improved teacher quality." Brown also said that the program's intent is to reduce the need for recruitment outside of the territory in this area.
The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Feb. 15. Interested candidates can visit the Division of Human Resources between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday to sign-up or call the St. Croix Office at 773-1095, extensions 362 or 358.

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