The Teacher Connect program at UWA partners with school systems to help teachers and aspiring teachers complete education degrees online while qualifying for a tuition scholarship of up to $50 per credit hour. It can be applied to all 35 online education programs for certification (undergraduate and graduate level) at UWA. If you would like to become a teacher or increase your marketability as a teacher, you could be eligible for a scholarship that will make your education more affordable.
For inquiries on becoming a partnering school system please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earn an online degree on your schedule with personal support from application to graduation
Join the 80 percent of UWA students who receive some type of financial aid
Benefit from UWA’s generous credit transfer policy
Learn from scholars and practitioners to build the skills and knowledge you need to succeed
UWA is located in the heart of Livingston on the western border of the state. As one of the oldest and most prestigious colleges in Alabama, we’ve been helping students pursue their dreams and goals since 1835. Join more than 3,000 online learners and take advantage of our tradition of excellence with our flexible online programs.
Students enrolled with UWA prior to the introduction of Teacher Connect must meet the following criteria in order to convert to the program:
Students starting a new degree with UWA must:
Once in Teacher Connect, participants must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA throughout the program.
Once a Teacher Connect participant begins a new program, he or she will have 24 months to complete degree requirements.
Register and submit scholarship request no later than the date shown below to receive this scholarship.*
|Online Term||Fall One 2020||Fall Two 2020||Spring One 2021||Spring Two 2021||Summer One 2021||Summer Two 2021|
|Class Registration Opens||MAR 30, 2020||MAR 30, 2020||NOV 2, 2020||NOV 2, 2020||MAR 29, 2021||MAR 29, 2021|
|IL Portfolio Submission Deadline; Phase 1||JUL 27, 2020||SEP 28, 2020||NOV 30, 2020||FEB 22, 2021||APR 26, 2021||JUN 7, 2021|
|IL Video Interview Deadline; Phase 2||AUG 3, 2020||OCT 5, 2020||DEC 7, 2020||MAR 1, 2021||MAY 3, 2021||JUN 14, 2021|
|Connect Deadline*||AUG 7, 2020||OCT 9, 2020||JAN 4, 2021||MAR 5, 2021||MAY 7, 2021||JUN 18, 2021|
|EdD Application Packet Deadline||JUN 1, 2020||OCT 1, 2020||APR 1, 2021|
|Last Day to Register||AUG 10, 2020||OCT 12, 2020||JAN 4, 2021||MAR 8, 2021||MAY 10, 2021||JUN 21, 2021|
|Tuition Payment Due By Noon||AUG 13, 2020||OCT 15, 2020||JAN 7, 2021||MAR 11, 2021||MAY 13, 2021||JUN 24, 2021|
|Classes Start||AUG 17, 2020||OCT 19, 2020||JAN 11, 2021||MAR 15, 2021||MAY 17, 2021||JUN 28, 2021|
|Classes End||OCT 8, 2020||DEC 10, 2020||MAR 4, 2021||MAY 6, 2021||JUN 24, 2021||AUG 5, 2021|
* The Instructional Leadership programs (MEd: IL, EdS IL, EdS Teacher Leader and the IL Alabama Class A Reduced Hour Option) require a two-step application process (1 application to the university and 1 application to the program). Because the second application can require additional time, applicants need to start the UWA application as early as possible in order to meet the Connect deadlines for acceptance, class registration, etc.
To Participate in the TEACHER CONNECT Program (even if you have received the scholarship in the past):
The completed Teacher Connect Verification form only has to be submitted one time to be eligible each subsequent term.
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Where can I find details on UWA’s admission requirements?
This link will show you the admission requirements: www.uwa.edu/catalogues.aspx. Use the catalogue’s index at the right to select the topic you want to review. Admission requirements are under “Academic Information”.
Can I use financial aid in the Teacher Connect program?
Yes. Contact UWA’s Financial Aid Office at email@example.com or 205-652-3576 for information on student loans or other financial options.
Can I use Veteran Benefits in conjunction with the Teacher Connect scholarship?
The VA does not permit combining of certain VA benefits with scholarships. UWA can help you determine which benefits can be used in conjunction with Teacher Connect.
Are there other requirements for the Teacher Connect scholarship?
Do I have to pay back the scholarship money if I change employers?
No, you will not need to pay back the money. If your new employer is a TC school, apply with them to re-join the program. If your new employer is not a TC school, you will not be able to receive additional scholarship funds. Encourage your new employer to join the program!
TERMS & CONDITIONS
The University of West Alabama
Teacher Connect Scholarship Program
Terms and conditions between the University of West Alabama (UWA) and teachers of partner school districts (hereinafter referred to as “Participant”) who wish to enter the Teacher Connect Scholarship Program.
I. General Terms of Agreement
a. This agreement allows Participants, who are approved by a partner school district, to participate in the Teacher Connect Scholarship Program (hereinafter referred to as “Teacher Connect”) for online undergraduate and graduate education degrees with teacher certification offered by UWA. Teacher Connect is available only for online degree programs. Teacher Connect pricing is only applicable to courses required for the Participant’s degree program. It is not applicable to on-campus programs or courses and it is not applicable to on-campus courses that may be required to complete an online degree program.
b. Participants who wish to participate in Teacher Connect must be an employee in good standing with a partner school district.
c. Participants who enter degree programs that qualify for master’s degrees or higher level certificates or for special endorsements or state recognition or board certification or state certification for their respective states should check carefully the requirements of their states.
d. Participants approved by a partner school district to participate in Teacher Connect must apply to UWA for admission and meet all admission requirements before applying for Teacher Connect.
II. UWA Teacher Connect Scholarship Pricing
a. UWA agrees to grant Participants a partial “scholarship” in the form of an adjusted per credit hour amount. This adjusted per credit hour amount will be determined each academic year. UWA reserves the right to adjust tuition and the Teacher Connect pricing at the start of each academic year.
b. Textbooks, technology fees and course supplies or fees are not included in the Teacher Connect pricing.
c. Teacher Connect pricing is only applicable to courses required for the Participant’s degree program. It is not applicable to on-campus programs or courses and it is not applicable to on-campus courses that may be required to complete an online degree program.
d. Teacher Connect pricing applies to a class one time. It will not be re-applied to the same course if the Participant re-takes or fails the course for any reason. If a participant withdrawals from a course(s) for any reason the “scholarship” will be revoked upon the withdrawal which may result in an account balance.
e. Participants in Teacher Connect and Participants enrolled at UWA prior to the introduction of Teacher Connect must meet the following criteria in order to stayor convert to the program: i. The Participant must be pursuing an online education degree with teacher certification.
ii. Program GPA must be 3.0 or higher.
iii. The Participant cannot have “holds” on their student accounts or owe any balances.
iv. The Participant must be in good standing with theUniversity.
v. The Participant’s school district must approve their participation in the program.
vi. Teacher Connect pricing applies to a class one time. It will not be re-applied to the same course if the Participant re-takes or fails the course for any reason. If a participant withdrawals from a course(s) for any reason the “scholarship” will be revoked upon the withdrawal which may result in an account balance.
vii. The Participant must provide a valid email address fromtheir current school district of employment.
viii. The Participant must abide by all policies & procedures and requirements set by the university, colleges and academic programs.
III. Length of Time to Complete a Program
Once a Teacher Connect Participant begins a program, the Participant will have 24 months to complete degree requirements under the Teacher Connect pricing arrangement. In the case where a Teacher Connect Participant pursues a bachelor’s or doctorate degree, the Participant will have 48 months to complete degree requirements under the Teacher Connect Scholarship Program.
IV. Payment and Billing
a. UWA will bill each Participant net of the scholarshipamount.
b. Participants are eligible to apply for federal financial assistance through the UWA Financial Aid Office. (Note that certain Veteran benefits cannot be combined with the Teacher Connect Scholarship Program. UWA’s Registrar’s office can determine which VA benefits can be used in combination with the scholarship.)
c. If a Participant withdraws from a class, UWA will follow normal withdrawal refund policies. Teacher Connect pricing applies to a class one time. It will not be re-applied to the same course if the Participant re-takes or fails the course for any reason. If a participant withdrawals from a course(s) for any reason the “scholarship” will be revoked upon the withdrawal which may result in an account balance.
d. The Teacher Connect Scholarship Program cannot be combined with other connect scholarship programs.
e. Participant must be registered for their course(s) by the Connect Deadline each term to be eligible for the scholarship.
V. Admission and Registration for Teacher ConnectParticipants
i. For eligibility verification, the Participant’s school district will provide the UWA Teacher Connect coordinator a list of all approved Participants twice a year during the Fall I & Spring II terms. UWA reserves the right to obtain additional verification at any point and for any reason in order for the Participant to join or remain in the Teacher Connect ScholarshipProgram.
ii. Participants will apply to UWA using the standard onlineapplication.
iii. In order to ensure sufficient time for scholarship processing, Participant agrees
to register for classes by published dates that are unique to the Teacher Connect Scholarship Program. These dates are different from those that are not enrolled in Teacher Connect. Teacher Connect deadlines are published on the UWA website.
i. The Participant must complete and submit the Teacher Connect Scholarship Program Participant Verification Form in order to apply for Teacher Connect.
VI. Agreement Termination
UWA reserves the right to change, amend, modify, suspend, continue or terminate all or any part of the acknowledgement ether in an individual case or in general, at any time without notice or reason.