News Brief - 2/25/09 Online, NCATE-approved Western Governors University (www.wgu.edu) has increased its focus on improving math and science education in the U.S. by offering 30 additional Scholarships for Urban Math and Science Teachers. The scholarships, which are valued up to $3,000, are available to individuals living in urban communities who wish to attend college online and earn a license to teach math or science in their school districts. Licensed teachers currently living and teaching in urban areas who would like to earn a master’s degree are also eligible for the scholarships. WGU offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as post-baccalaureate degrees, in mathematics and science education. The WGU Teachers College is one of the largest providers of online teaching degrees, with graduates who have become licensed in nearly all 50 states. It is the only exclusively online university to be accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). “WGU continues to lead the way in transforming teacher education to meet the needs of K-12 schools,” said WGU Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment Patrick Partridge. “Improving math and science education is critical to our success in today’s global economy, and WGU is supporting that improvement by offering affordable, accessible teacher education.” WGU’s Teachers College is designed to meet the needs of adult learners by providing flexible, technology-based instruction. The unique competency-based academic approach makes it possible for students to complete the requirements for their degrees more quickly and accelerate their programs based on their prior experience, academic backgrounds, and time available to study. WGU is affordable—tuition is roughly equivalent to that of a state college or university. The Urban Math and Science Teachers Scholarship Program is a competitive program. Scholarships will be awarded based on the candidate's academic record, readiness for online study at WGU, and current competency, in addition to other considerations. For more information or eligibility requirements on the WGU Scholarship for Urban Mathematics and Science Educators, please visit www.wgu.edu/urbaneducator.