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Inspired to Teach is a scholarship and incentive program specifically for Oklahoma college students who want to become certified teachers in Oklahoma public schools. Qualified students can earn scholarships and employment incentives of up to $25,500 for completing an approved teacher education degree program and teaching in an Oklahoma public school.
• As a full-time student at a participating college or university, you can earn a $1,000 scholarship per year for up to three academic years and a $2,500 scholarship in the final academic year, for a total of up to $5,500.
• Following graduation, you agree to teach in an Oklahoma public school (pre-K through 12th grade) for five consecutive years. After securing a teaching contract, you could receive a $4,000 award for each year of satisfactory teaching service for up to five years, for a total of up to $20,000 in employment incentives.
To qualify for an Inspired to Teach scholarship:
Be enrolled as a full-time (12 credit hours per semester) undergraduate student each semester of eligibility in the program.
Graduate from high school, homeschool, or earn a GED.
Meet higher education admission standards at:
1) a public or private Oklahoma university with an accredited Oklahoma teacher education program, OR
2) a community college with an approved Inspired to Teach articulation agreement with an accredited Oklahoma university teacher education program.
Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and a minimum 2.5 GPA throughout matriculation.
Prior to entry into the Inspired to Teach program, you must agree to complete the Oklahoma teacher preparation education program and agree to teach in an Oklahoma public prekindergarten through 12th grade (PK-12) school for a minimum of five (5) consecutive years upon graduation and licensure as a teacher.
Declare a major in an accredited Oklahoma university teacher education program with a degree leading to a standard teaching certificate, or declare a major at a community college with an approved Inspired to Teach articulation agreement with an accredited Oklahoma teacher education program leading to a standard Oklahoma teaching certificate.
For full information about the Inspired to Teach program, please visit www.inspired2teachok.org.