July 29, 2008

NCCEP and Walden University Help Increase Educators’ Access to Graduate Degrees

WASHINGTON, July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP), a nonprofit organization committed to creating and sustaining K-16 education partnerships, and Walden University, an accredited online institution and one of the nation's largest providers of online graduate degrees to educators, announced that they will offer five $2,500 scholarships to Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) practitioners. These scholarships may be applied toward a graduate degree program offered by Walden's Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership. In addition, all GEAR UP practitioners will be offered a 10 percent tuition savings* on a graduate degree program in the Riley College of Education and Leadership.

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The announcement was made last week at the opening of the conference by Dr. Joe Ann Hinrichs, associate dean for doctoral programs in the Riley College of Education and Leadership, at the 2008 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The graduate degree programs that the scholarship winners may choose from include a Ph.D. in Education with eight specialization options, an Ed.D. (Doctor of Education) with three specializations and an M.S. in Education with eleven specializations.+ Applications for the scholarships must be received by Oct. 31, 2008, at http://www.waldenu.edu/gearup or call 1-866-492-5336.

In an effort to address a general shortage of teachers, as well as a shortage of multicultural educators, Walden is increasing access to quality graduate education through this scholarship opportunity and other specialized outreach efforts.

The NCCEP is committed to strengthening broad-based partnerships throughout the education continuum, from early childhood through postsecondary education.

"We are pleased to offer this education opportunity with Walden University to GEAR UP practitioners," said Dr. Hector Garza, president of the NCCEP. "Walden University has long been a leader in providing quality programs to educators, and they share our belief that a well-qualified teacher is at the root of a positive learning experience."

*Not valid for Tennessee residents.

+Scholarships are contingent on admittance to one of these programs. Offer limited to new students only and cannot be combined with any other offer.

   About NCCEP   For more information, visit http://www.edpartnerships.org/.    About Walden University  

Since 1970, Walden University has offered working professionals the opportunity to earn advanced degrees through distance learning. Today, this comprehensive, accredited online university offers master's and doctoral degrees in education, psychology, management, public policy and administration and health and human services, as well as master's programs in engineering and IT and bachelor's programs in business, psychology, computer information systems, and child development. In January, Walden was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as having the largest online graduate-level program in education by enrollment. For more information, visit http://www.waldenu.edu/. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, http://www.ncahlc.org/; 1-312-263-0456.

   Walden Media Contact   Ana Sanchez   1-410-843-8083   [email protected]    NCCEP Media Contact   Betty Paugh-Ortiz   1-202-530-1135   [email protected]  

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Walden University

CONTACT: Ana Sanchez, Walden University, +1-410-843-8083,[email protected]; NCCEP, Betty Paugh-Ortiz, 1-202-530-1135,[email protected]

Web site: http://www.waldenu.edu/http://www.edpartnerships.org/http://www.ncahlc.org/http://www.waldenu.edu/gearup