City teachers given chance to earn master's degree free PTC

January 07, 1994|By Thomas W. Waldron | Thomas W. Waldron,Staff Writer

First- and second-year Baltimore teachers will be able to earn master's degrees for free beginning next fall in a program announced this week by the University of Maryland system.

In exchange, a teacher would have to remain with the city school system for two years after completing the master's degree, which focuses on urban education

The cost of a master's degree in education in the UM system averages $3,120 a year for a typical three-year program.

"This is a great opportunity for us to do a better job attracting and retaining good teachers who are committed to the education of the people of Baltimore," said Superintendent Walter G. Amprey.

Baltimore and a few of the state's rural counties face "extraordinary" teacher shortages, mainly because of relatively low salaries and greater student problems, according to a report prepared last fall for the state Department of Education.

School officials hope the new program will be particularly attractive to minority teachers.

Teachers will be able to study at six of the 11 UM campuses: Coppin State College, Towson State University, the University of Baltimore, the University of Maryland at Baltimore, the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the University of Maryland at College Park. They will take a core of 12 credit hours in subjects such as dispute resolution.

The University of Maryland and the Baltimore school system will share the costs.

Any teachers who left before the two years were up would have to repay tuition costs.

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