On August 21, the first cohort of approximately 20 students will begin university coursework in Teach Toledo, a collaboration of Toledo Public Schools and the University of Toledo designed to encourage “Toledo citizens to become Toledo’s teachers.”

Cohort members will take five semesters of UT coursework held at Jones Leadership Academy that will culminate in an Associate of Arts degree. Those who want to be eligible for a State of Ohio Teaching License will then go onto campus to complete a Bachelor’s of Education degree.

What makes this associate degree unique? All students receive a 22 percent tuition scholarship for each of the five semesters, and all work together to master a curriculum based on state-of-the-art research on effective urban education.

Though graduates will not have any obligation to teach in Toledo, most of the cohort members already live and work in Toledo and most intend to stay.

The program is designed for adults of all ages and all backgrounds. Many cohort members have had earlier college experience but just as many are brand new to college. Many members, but not all, are already employed as paraprofessionals by TPS and are eager to become licensed teachers.

Applicants with experience living and working in urban Toledo are given preference due to the mission of the initiative; however, anyone can apply and several current cohort members are not Toledo residents.

The program has room for a few more students. Help is available on admissions applications and financial aid. To learn more about this exciting program, come to the Mott Branch Library on Tuesday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m., visit http://www.utoledo.edu/education/teachtoledo/about.html or contact program coordinator Dr. Lynne Hamer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 419-283-8288.

Posted on July 6, 2017