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Manhattanville School of Education to Provide Tuition Reduction for Returning Peace Corps Volunteers

Manhattanville College School of Education has arranged with the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Organization to provide a 50% tuition reduction for Returning Peace Corps Volunteers to enter the College's Jump Start program.

"Peace Corps Volunteers often return seeking a path to continued public service, so Jump Start is a great fit," Jump Start Director Mikki Shaw said. "We can take advantage of their prior experience in teaching and community service and get them into their own classrooms in less than a year. Having worked with RPCVs in the past, I can say with confidence that they are among the very best students and teachers I have ever worked with."

Jump Start, which begins as a cohort every year in February, offers an intensive series of courses which prepares students to begin teaching as early as the following September. This program provides students with half of their graduate credits by summer, allowing them to apply for an Internship Certificate (subject to New York State Department of Education rules and regulations), qualifying them to teach in many New York State public schools for two years. While teaching full-time, students continue taking courses part-time to complete their masters degree and New York State Initial Certification.

Manhattanville believes helping participants find a teaching assignment is part of the College's responsibility. While graduates have excellent employment rates, it is important to note that school district personnel make all final hiring decisions. Manhattanville's accelerated graduate program in teacher education was able to employ 95% of School of Education students in New York City schools for 2011-2012.

When students enter the classroom as a Jump Start teacher, a Manhattanville mentor visits with them once a week and helps develop unit and lesson plans, and design classroom management protocols. In addition, once a week, students will attend a weekly field seminar where they can share the challenges and joys of the first year of teaching.

Jump Start also has a strong TESOL program, which is a good fit for returned volunteers.