Project PETAC

Brief Overview of the PETAC Program  

Project PETAC (Preparing Exceptional Teachers through Accountability and Collaboration) designed to address chronic special education teacher shortages in North Carolina through collaborative efforts between North Carolina Agricultural and Technological State University, Alamance-Burlington Schools, Guilford County Schools, and Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools. Project faculty will recruit, enroll, support, and graduate a total of 24 scholars prepared to teach diverse students with persistent learning and behavioral problems in two cohorts over a 5 year period.

Goals of the Program 

  • Increase the number of fully credentialed masters level special education teachers who effectively address the specialized needs of children with persistent and severe learning and behavioral problems
  • Improve the quality of the preparation of highly qualified teachers by providing authentic, school-based and community engaged opportunities
  • Redesign, implement, and evaluate a rigorous research-based 30-33
  • ·credit hour special education master’s training program

 Criteria for Applicants

  • Applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution (or the equivalent for an international student).
  • Applicant may currently hold a position in a local school district working with students with and without disabilities but may not hold a teaching license.
  • Applicant must provide 3 letters of recommendations from current or former employers/supervisors who can speak to the applicant's character and capacity to excel in graduate work.
  • Applicant must successfully complete the NCA&T graduate school admissions procedures, including: the application form and statement of intent, submission of college transcripts, and provision of three references, Criminal Background Check and interview to be admitted to Teacher Education.
  • Applicant must have a minimum undergraduate and/or graduate Grade Point Average  of 2.8 and meet minimum performance requirements
  •  Promising applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree but do not meet the formal requirements listed above may be granted provisional admission based on the NCA&T Graduate School Provisional Admission policy.
  • Applicant must commit, in writing, to teach special education for two years for each year of scholarship assistance received or to repay the money received.  

What makes PETAC Unique?

  • Scholars will complete a Summer Institute and receive professional development training in TEEACH, Foundations of Readings, and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training. Approximately $720,000 will support 24 scholars over 5 years.
  • Scholars will receive tuition support, travel to conferences, stipend to cover cost of books and technology needs.
  • The cost of all state licensure exams will be covered by the grant.  

PETAC - MAT in Special Education

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