Pursuing a graduate degree just got easier for teachers throughout Anderson County because of a unique partnership among the University and Anderson’s five school districts.
Officials with Anderson University and Anderson School Districts 1-5 signed a memorandum of agreement that creates new pathways for professional educators who want to further their education and training by earning a degree. Anderson University is providing tuition grants worth up to $550 per semester to Anderson School District teachers who qualify. Under terms of the agreement, Anderson University is now a preferred partner for higher educational services for the districts.
“This strategic partnership is great news for district employees, working professionals who’ve always wanted to continue their educational journey but could not find the time or resources to make it happen,” said Dr. Ryan Neal, Anderson University’s provost. “It’s an exciting development for AU as well; we are eager to include the unparalleled educators from Anderson County’s school districts as members of our university family.”
A total of 29 degree programs are available to grant recipients, including the graduate degrees in Anderson University’s College of Education: the Master of Education; the Master of Science in Instructional Design and Learning Technology; and Master of Arts in Teaching. Degree programs for the AU Partnership Grant are not limited to those within the College of Education, and include master’s degrees across a range of disciplines: the Master of Business Administration (MBA); the Master of Organizational Leadership; the Master of Criminal Justice; the Master of Divinity; Master of Ministry; and Master of Music in Music Education, among others. Employees who have not completed their undergraduate degree or educators seeking a second bachelor’s degree are also eligible for the grant.
AU Partnership Grant degree programs aren’t only a great value, but also flexible and convenient without sacrificing academic quality. Most post-traditional programs are available fully online using cutting-edge technology and interactive course design. Every student also has a dedicated Journey Coach to support them through graduation.
“As we continue developing innovative educational experiences at Anderson University, we’ll likewise seek additional strategic partnerships that will benefit traditional and post-traditional students throughout South Carolina and across the country,” Dr. Neal said.